Minister of Information and Broadcasting Dora Siliya addressing the Journalist during Media briefing
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Dora Siliya addressing the Journalist during Media briefing

The Times of Zambia is technically insolvent and has liabilities worth over K 748 million. This is against K 86.4 million worth of assets. Information Minister Dora Siliya disclosed this in Parliament on Tuesday.

Ms Siliya said that Times of Zambia has identified new areas of opportunity to help the company in turning the situation.

Ms Siliya said that one of the strategies identified is to attract new business ways through publishing articles in Chinese is meant to broaden its financial base.

Ms Siliya said also said that the Board hoped that the action will expose the paper to potentially new income from a community that would not necessary be attracted to it, because of language barrier. Ms Siliya said that the targeted commercial communities include Turkish, French and Chinese.

Ms Siliya said this in a ministerial statement in response to a Point of Order recently raised by Monze Central Member of Parliament Jack Mwimbu.

Ms Siliya said that the alleged discrimination against the people of Zambia by the Times of Zambia newspaper’s publication of an article in Chinese when there has been no such publication in any local languages does not arise.

Mr Mwimbu alleged that the Times of Zambia Newspaper was publishing some articles in Chinese and therefore discriminating against Zambian languages.

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38 COMMENTS

  1. Surely times are changing, we are now justifying a Zambia buying a paper with content in part he/she cannot read or understand. Times of Zambia should start a Chinese publication independent of the one bought by Zambians for its English content.

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    • How much is owed to ZRA out of the liabilities? I am trying to be positive but Musho should have moved in to lead the liquidation of Times of Zambia. Or is he still waiting for instructions from the so-called eagle one.

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    • Dorika speaks from “where the sun don’t shine” !!!

      Dorika needs to be flooded.

      Any volunteers? Anyone?

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    • Narrow minded Zambians. Mandarin is considered an international language. Learn it instead of complaining!

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    • Statistically how many Chinese, French and Turkish people do we have in Zambia? When i want to go to France i will be forced to learn some French at alliance le francia, most Chinese are in businesses that target the Zambian clientele ,how do they intended to woe Zambians using Chinese.

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  2. THIS DORA ALWAYS DEFENDING WRONG THINGS LIKE THE WAY SHE USED TO BEHAVE IN RB’S GOVT.
    BY THE TIME LUNGU WILL REALIZE THE MADNESS OF THIS MMD MPS,THERE WILL BE NOTHING THAN WILL FOR PF TO TALK ABOUT.

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  3. She is basically saying it is okey to break Zambian laws because Times of Zambia needs money. What the heck free all thieves because that is exactly what they were doing before they were jailed. Equal standards for all -ALL animals are EQUAL

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    • Was this not the same person that was at the forefront of selling Zamtel? Now the country owes Lapgreen and Zamtel is magically making huge profits!
      Basically break the law to make a profit.. These are today’s leaders..
      One would think OF creating a think tank to brain storm money making avenues as opposed to quick fixes..

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  4. The official language of communication in zambia is english. All foreigners coming to work in zambia must be able to communicate in english. People who studied in Russia, china etc had to learn the official language of communication for those countries. That is the way forward.

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  5. Brooding the financial based is very okey but the content is controlled by law. There is therefore, need to rebook at the law first. This is impunity on the part of the state. Engage national assembly ninshi bonse problem yasila. Why do want to create problem napashili. The printing in local languages is allowed by law and it’s only seven languages. Sometimes be critical in doing things to avoid problems. It indicates a sign of ineptness. A aaweee!

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  6. Please stop giving these good for nothing teeth to bite. The best way to ana lysis issue is debit in reverse. Assume you were in opposition, what weaknesses would go for and work on themy time make opponents lame.

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  7. Ubupuba ubu.Why should u allow chinese language here.Ba Lungu bena tefitu.He has killed this country with these Ministers who can’t think

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  8. Iwe chi Dora the explore wa ma d!cks, chief hu!e, tell that !doit to stop selling our country, iwe Jonathan kamwemdo…. are u always that drunk to fell to make informed decisions

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  9. You mismanaged & looted the economy so you end up justifying the sellout to foreign invaders? The blame still goes to PF leadership.

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  10. There is nothing wrong with what she initiated.Here in Germany pupils learn Chinese in high school. Above that, I have Chinese channels on my TV. Does that mean the Chinese want to colonize Germany ? So what’s the whole drama about ? Move with time, no wonder you always left behind and wallop in dirty and dust.

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    • Germany has a strong base of a local language being its official lingo and a strong economy run by Germans. Zambia has neither of those two to its advantage.

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  11. “….Ms Siliya said that the targeted commercial communities include Turkish, French and Chinese….”

    Zambia is finished as we know it, instead of promoting and protecting Zambian languages and culture , PF are aiding the swamping and takeover of Zambian culture by the highest bidder…….this must be the only country that sells its soul because of greed by the ruling party…

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  12. Iwe siliya you behave as if you have never been at the uni .Tell your colleagues in cabinet that we do not need chinese language any were in zambia. Let them study and learn English if they want to stay and work in zambia as English is our national language.Set standards and boundaries for these Confucius descendants as the can be sturbbon at times .They think they are very important because you have rated them highly and that’s why they behave the way they are doing, slapping and shooting Zambians.Already they have opened up small shops in the community were poor Zambians are suppose to be doing business without shame and our government is too scared to them that was wrong.This government will be answerable and brought to book to face consequences at the end of its mandate.

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  13. DORA IS A DULL INTELLIGENT IN THE MOUTH. SHE THINKS BY OPENNING HER FAST MOUTH CAN CONTINUE CONVINCINGLY ZAMBIANS? CAN YOU GO TO CHINA YOU HEAR CHINESE TALKING ENGLISH BECAUSE ENGLISH IS A WIDE SPOKEN LANGUAGE?
    JUST ADMIT THAT WE HAVE SOLD PART OF ZNBC AND DOCS ARE WITH YOU BUT REMEMBER THAT ONE DAY YOUR SHAME SHALL BE EXPOSED. LIES HAVE SHORT LEGS AND A LIE WILL NEVER BE THE TRUTH.

    WHICH CHINESE GUY IS DOING THE TRANSLATION OF EVERY ARTICLE INTO ENGLISH? WHY DO YOU CHEAT ZAMBIANS? TELL ME IF CHINESE HAVE GOT A SCHOOL TO LEARN ZAMBIAN LANGUAGE HERE WHERE THEY ARE? HOW MANY CHINESE CHILDREN ARE LEARNERS IN ZAMBIAN SCHOOLS? DORA TRY TO REASON WELL.

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  14. Oh My My My! Are we that desperate to raise cash that we can publish a newspaper in a foreign language? Kaya mwandi kwamene tiyenda na PF iyi

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  15. On this my take is that the official language of Zambia is English.. so no publication should be made in other languages in the same english paper. If you want let Times start a chinese paper. Ba PF you are disappointing us , please change for better.

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  16. I did not know that Turks and the French in Zambia can automatically read and write the Chinese Language! How long do you think you can take Zambians for a ride, kansi? Think about it……..

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  17. More than 99% of the Zambian population don’t speak or understand Chinese. You are compromising the security of this country by allowing Chinese a free platform to undermine the security of the nation. Already the Chinese have shown discriminatory attitude when they have advertised for jobs in the press and asked for “Chinese nationals” to apply! We have allowed them to discriminate in death by allocating them land to bury their dead in Chongwe district in total disregard of the chieftaincy in Chongwe. You are selling the sovereignty of the nation Madam minister!!

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  18. What ever it is that convinced PF to bring Dora on board ,really defies my understanding. This lady like many other politicians are liabilities to the nation

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  19. PF thieves are taking every opportunity to syphon money from both Government Coffers and poor citizens. Time will catch up with them.Zambians are annoyed with you Fools!

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  20. PF SOLD ZAFFICO THE SAME WAY THEY ARE SAYING HE SOLD THE MINES. IF HE IS TO PROVE IT, LET THE PF PROVE FIRST HE SOLD THE MINES.

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  21. How to know the value of the broadened financial base:

    Publish the entire Times in Chinese (Mandarin) for a whole month. Then see how much Times of Zambia would have made. That would be the value of the broadened financial base.

    Why not include pages in the 7 local languages to increase the Financial base?

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