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.