Government in collaboration with the Chinese government to launch the Village TV project

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Chief Government Spokesperson, Hon. Dora Siliya, MP
Chief Government Spokesperson, Hon. Dora Siliya, MP

Minister of Information and broadcasting Dora Siliya has stated that the Government in collaboration with the Chinese government will soon be embarking on the Village TV programme which will benefit over 10,000 villages across the African Continent and 500 Villages in Zambia.

The Minister stated that this was part of the broad digital Migration agenda.

And Hon Siliya who is also Chief Government Spokesperson stated that what this entailed was that government with the support of China would provide communal television facilities in a number of villages which would assist the rural community to access Television facilities.

“This is part of the bigger agenda to provide universal Television access in Zambia within the next two years. ” She said .

She stated that the digital Migration itself would be completed in december of 2019 and that it was hoped by government that by that time, there would be universal television access in Zambia.

” This to me is a pre requisite for Citizens in a democracy, to be able to engage government and each other . ” She said

” I think that provision of television for entertainment, for News and Information, is a very important cornerstone for democracy.” She added.*

She stated that the development was a good achievement for Zambians which they needed to be proud of because to have universal television coverage was going to be a real milestone as it stood to bring a lot of benefits to the social , economic development agenda of the country.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information has reechoed governments commitment to improving the ICT sector in the country.

“We believe that the growth of the ICT sector will bring rapid improvement in the social and economic development of our Country.” She said.

Hon Siliya however noted that the communications Ministry had experienced a lot of challenges with the growth of the ICT sector .

She stated that 25 years ago , there was no internet nor Smart Phones in the Nation and that with the advent of technology now, clearly new policy direction had to be provided as well as governance in terms of the sector.

” With this new technology that is accessible to a lot of Citizens globally as well as in Zambia, we must look at means of protecting the citizens especially the Children. ” She said .

She stated that such were the issues that the Ministry of transport and communications and ZICTA had been grappling with.

” As you are aware as Media, the growth of the sector has brought about a lot of threats that have been paused around the world. Threats against governments, threats against financial transactions, threats to data protection and management as well as all manner of threats that have emerged as a result of ICT growth has made it even more clear to us as government that we need more reforms so that our citizens can continue to enjoy this sector.” She said .

The Minister said this at a press briefing at Government Complex this Morning.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. What do communal television provisions mean?

    Is this about having a television set put in a communal hall for village residents to meet in and to watch the telly?

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    • Give them farming inputs instead, This tv thing is all about propagander, brain washing of villagers, Soon Zed will be the new north Korea. EL the theif is not going away easily watch this space, I see blood shade before Matawari lives office.

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    • African leaders are fooolish …she is even proud of this, ignorant to the fact that the chines are brainwashing their people….have they ever wondered why Google is banned in China?

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    • Whats that rubbish on her head..plus why too much chemicals on her..definitely not my type

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  2. “which would assist the rural community to access Television facilities” is actually supposed to be: which would assist the rural community to access PF Propaganda.

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  3. PF wont be there forever my friend. Please think beyond narrow and fleeting political interests. Let us all our people join as one in applauding all universally beneficial moves such as this one!

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    • AHH KIKIKIKI WANT TO TAKE WRONG PICTURE CAPTIONS TO VILLAGERS SO THAT THEY COULD BE CONVINCED THAT JANET ROGAN IS INONGE WINA

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  4. In these time in rural areas we have well educated people and even farmers who are better than those in urban areas and these people also need information via facilities like TVs internet and mobile networks for their businesses, its not only farming inputs they require. Most farmers these days are educated.

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  5. i agree that this is a propaganda tool and will be used in PF strong holds; only 500 villages in Zambia; what will happen to the thousands of villages in Zambia?

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  6. What is needed is T.V. signal in all areas within Zambia. It’s a big insult to even mentioning the word “village ” in line with T.V. signal.

    There is no T.V. signal for villagers and T.V. signal for town dwellers. T.V. signal is all what people want in all parts of Zambia. People have money to buy their T.V.s and watch. U have managed to put cellphone towers in all villages because u exploit the poor people thoroughly but u have not put T.V. towers for and radio. Shame on u PF idiots!

    It’s a big insult in my view what this prostitute minister has just said. She is being silly actually.

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  7. What is needed is T.V. signal in all areas within Zambia. It’s a big insult to even mentioning the word “village ” in line with T.V. signal.

    There is no T.V. signal for villagers and T.V. signal for town dwellers. T.V. signal is all what people want in all parts of Zambia. People have money to buy their T.V.s and watch. U have managed to put cellphone towers in all villages because u exploit the poor people thoroughly but u have not put T.V. towers and radio. Why?

    It’s a big insult in my view what this minister has just said. She is undermining people actually.

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  8. Stupidity is what defines Lungu and his idiots. Stupid and useless heads. The tv idea is just a desperate move to advance their propaganda agenda. The Chinese will try and assit lu5and his criminals to remain in power because they are a party to Lungu’s criminal activities. Watch this _ the last kicks of a dying and stinking government of Lungu.

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  9. They’ve failed to provide universal access to better healthcare, information, education and human rights and they want to try universal access to TV. WOW! Stupidity is still on the rise.

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