President Lungu during the Presentation of 4th Quartely Report by Ministry of Transport and Commuunication at State House on Monday, February 26,2018-Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

President Edgar Lungu says there is need to have a coherence and cohesion communication of government programmes to the public.

And President Edgar Lungu has directed that a special committee within the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) must meet to deliberate on the financial challenges facing the Times of Zambia.

President Lungu says it is for this reason that government has decided to form ministerial clusters aimed at promoting strong imperative public communication to the people and to regulate an open dialogue between Ministries.

Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda said this to ZANIS in an exclusive interview shortly after a cluster meeting comprising the Ministry of Communication and Transport which was represented by Former Minister of Finance and Works and Supply Minister Felix Mutati, Livestock and Fisheries, Tourism and Arts Ministry, presented a Ministerial economic cluster report at state house to President Lungu today.

“The ideal of clusters is that President Lungu hopes that it will follow budgetary provision implementation, the 7th National Development plan and within the flame work set out in the monitoring and evaluations,” Mr. Chanda explained.

And cluster Chairperson Micheal Katambo who is also Minister of Agriculture said the cluster has presented several programmes that Ministries under the cluster have implemented and challenges faced.

“We presented programmes which we have implemented and challenges we faced among them Communication and Transport, agriculture development and tourism,” Mr. Katambo said.

Mr. Katambo further explained that government will soon discuss the issues of fish restocking in the water bodies and wildlife restocking in the game reserves and the country’s national parks.

And Mr. Chanda disclosed that President Edgar Lungu has directed that a special committee within the Industrial Development Coperation (IDC) must meet to deliberate on the financial challenges facing the Times of Zambia.

“I will be joining that meeting myself to work out at both medium and long term plans of salvaging the Times of Zambia, particularly debts related to terminal benefits and salary areas,” he explained.

Times of Zambia has more than 200 workers and the print media is finding difficulties to meet monthly salaries and paying pension benefits.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. When is Kaponya (HH) forming an effective shadow government?
    Instead of looking for futile impeachment efforts he could be showing us voters his calibre.
    Look how the Wise Edgar ignores the Under5 day after day.
    it must suck to be (HH) right now

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    • Another desperate maneuver by Edgar that imitates a headless chicken. This is a man who doesn’t know whether he is going forward, backwards or sideways. The reason Times of Zambia is broke is because they spin news in Edgar’s favour. Even the best perfume will only disguise the smell of feces just a moment.

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    • @ Obatala- Indeed the solution to solve the financial quagmire is very simple. Let them operate independently and they will be smiling to the bank.

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  2. vERY HARD WORKING PRESIDENT, HE EVEN WEARS GLASSES NOW BECAUSE OF STUDYING, THE MAN IS HUMBLE DOES NOT WANT DEGREES HE NEVER WORKED FOR BUT WEARING GLASSES BECAUSE OF STDYING THINKING OF ZAMBIANS

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  3. Why didn’t Lungu form ministerial clusters to pre-empt cholera outbreak before? Local govt ,health ministry ,ministry of planning and military could have been used earlier working together to enforce discipline amonst the lawless street vendors.

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  4. No borrowed money anymore , now is chipantepante…..just great jobs for the masses you theives instead of creating more useless work for your selves like the blind leading the blind…….

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  5. Really laughable…clusters, mushrooms, task forces, special committees created by Lazy Lungu is just the same thing clear evidence of an incompetent reckless govt…why do you even need Times Of Zambia and Daily Mail…these are liabilities when are you going to wake up?

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  6. Ministerial cluster + childrens rights groups & taxpayers association all need an emergency cluster to deal with the ticking debt bomb building up and about to explode on Zambians.

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  7. Botswana tells DR Congo’s Kabila to step down – AFRICA News 26/02/2018
    Botswana has urged the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, to step down.
    In a press release titled ‘Refusal by some leaders to hand over power’, the ministry of international affairs said the ‘worsening humanitarian situation’ in DRC is fulled by the fact that ‘its leader has persistently delayed holding elections, and has lost control over the security of his country’.
    The statement concludes by urging the international community to put pressure on the leadership of DRC to relinquish power and pave way for the ushering in of a new political dispensation.

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  8. Botswana blames Congo’s humanitarian crisis on Kabila
    Fiston Mahamba
    GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Botswana blamed Congolese President Joseph Kabila on Monday for his country’s humanitarian and security crisis, in the sharpest criticism yet from an African government of his refusal to step down.

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  9. Botswana say make Joseph Kabila step down – BBC
    Botswana do tell President Joseph Kabila of Democratic Republic of Congo make in step down.

    Botswana foreign ministry say condition for DR Congo dey bad no be small as im “leader don too delay to hold election” and dis one make am no get “control of security for im kontri.”

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  10. This situation thus renders the United Nations Security Council irrelevant.
    We therefore , appeal to the United Nations Security Council to play its rightful role in order that the Syrian people can enjoy a peaceful and dignified life. – Botswana Govt

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  11. Jay Jay your true colours are coming out. You want Botswana to oust your Republican president?
    Edgar is no dictator he just knows how to ignore you UPNDs and your warlord (HH)
    You can’t compare Edgar to Joseph

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    • And you have just shown how shortsighted and a blind follower you are…You dont see the stance Botswana has taken here compared to Lazy Lungu who rolled out the red carpet for this Congolese clown and even took him to see KK last week.

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    • In a layman’s terms Kudos so it sinks in your tin- let me put it this way; this fish completely rotten inside out not even you hungry dog would eat it…you Kaponyas do not understand international relations and the ramifications of Botswana’s stance its no wonder they are doing better than you petty thieves!!

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  12. When Mazoka was trasnsporting bulls in ZR coaches and HH was enriching himself over privatization, no one said “Tongas are thieves!” Why? Because the great Tonga nation cannot be judged by the actions of two people! But in their clan they all teach themselves that “these or that ethnic group are/is a thief/thieves!”

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  13. HH must step down! He has been “president” for a long time! It is time GBM became the leader of the opposition, UPND – Mmmmm!

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  14. Well done Mr. President! We are with you! I read Animal Farm! The bulls in the animal kingdom are producing a lot of bulls…! I mean bullsomething!

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  15. Hey Zambians, I c you some r learning to comment others know how. My question is why r u commenting? To disgrace ourselves or to create a platform for positive reflections, leaning, actions and support. Come on, other citizens do not have this privilege of internet association, u and me have… The same way our President Lungu and leaders like HH have an opportunity to impact positively on the masses, and so r u and me on key elite Zambians with access to this great platform. Can we please provide solutions instead… These will go a long way in making our Zambian a great nation as it is supposed to be.

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  16. What was really said by katambo, read and see if he enunciated anything of substance. How can the cluster chairman be the chairman when his ministry is not in the reported cluster. Zambia, the state of confusion.
    These groups are to give impression govt is working. Katambo talks of fish restockin, job of minister for fisheries and livestock and rextocking of wildlife am sure that isnot role of hon katambo

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    • Comment:He was presenting a “Cluster Report” Meaning the four ministries collapsed their reports into one. Since it’s a Cluster or multisectoral report no need for individual ministries to present one by one. You are just dalooo as in dull!

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  17. Again it is only the hounrable Ian khama who is calling a spade a spade in the form of dictators in SADC region……he has called for kabila to step down while the corrupt thief lungu was serenading kabila and busy discussing personal bussiness deals with kabila….

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  18. Khumalo. My illiterate friend read the artice again, the ministries in the cluster do not include the honorable katambo who is now the agriculture minister. Sorry daloo maybe you are still living in the past when he WAS the minister for livestock and fisheries. amos chanda articulted who were the ministries in involved in the cluster.

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  19. But what is the ENTIRE civil service and the MINISTRY of INFORMATION doing? Is this like we now REQUIRE Ministers to be literal gatekeepers to get people to work!? We are moving our Ministers from policy management to operations! Eish!

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  20. Successive governments have paid lip service to the cause of Times of Zambia, from the time late Remmy Mushota was Minister of Information in MMD regime through to the Ron Shikapwasha’s stint there, Chishimba Kambwili, Miss Mulenga, now Dora Siliya- to mention a few. Promises have been made even to the effect that the paper could be privatised in future. 27 years dwon the third republic , the same rhetoric is being said. Since they are still at at, why not just liquidate it and remain with Zambia Daily Mail and ZANIS and incorporate the Times workers into the Daily mail and ZANIS? Why should we have three public media all playing to his master’s voice when even two can suffice? Times of Zambia is a liability as it stands, just privatise it or liquidate it, full stop!

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