Times of Zambia journalists go 2 months without salaries

Journalists and staff at the State-owned and Patriotic Front controlled Times of Zambia have gone two months without receiving their salaries, sources at the Ministry of Information and the institution have disclosed.

By Thursday morning, employees at the Times of Zambia were still frantically checking their accounts in the hope of getting their February dues while their March compensation is nowhere in the picture.

The sources disclosed that the situation at the Times of Zambia was very critical such that individual journalists had been reduced to paupers from well-wishers in the the Patriotic Front government.

“Things are terrible here and this has been going on for over one year. The whole of last year, salaries were delayed. This time its even worse. It’s now two months.

Times-of-Zambia“We have ever experienced this kind of treatment. Some of our colleague in the newsroom are depending on ministers to survive. They told us that salaries should be ready this week but there has been nothing up to now” the source said.

A Ministry of Information source said permanent secretary Amos Malupenga is sweating over the crisis at the Times of Zambia.

“It seems the PS doesn’t know what to do now. He has run out of ideas and is now running away from Times of Zambia officials. He only calls them when there is something from government to be published and given prominence,” the source added.

The employees said Times of Zambia staff no longer receive their mid month salaries like in the past.

“Even mid month which was like a cushion was scrapped. They have told us the company can’t afford to pay twice a month but we are wondering how this was done in the past,” the source said.

There are indications that government could give in and privatise the Times of Zambia but PF in-fighting which has seen defence minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba as one of the potential buyers of the institution.

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50 Responses to "Times of Zambia journalists go 2 months without salaries"

  1. Rio   April 6, 2013 at 08:50

    No sympathy for these propaganda fools…it will teach them to be fair and report the truth!

  2. wisewoman   April 6, 2013 at 00:18

    most of u pipo who have written comments about how its okay to go without a salary are not human and not being realistic. some of us just work there and there are big fishes who know the truth behind this. we have families and these families depend on us. if anything you should sympathise with us not saying u will eat shit. am sure everyone does what they are told by their boss in fear of losing their job. poverty levels are too high and we should advise govt on how to sort out the mess created by prevoius management and mmd.

    • Semaki   April 6, 2013 at 22:20

      By telling lies keep on eating what is put before your faces and in your mouths.

  3. basket isabelle marant   April 5, 2013 at 14:10

    Please let me know if you

  4. chri ben   April 5, 2013 at 13:34

    margret you sound like a man, i mean the way you talk, i think you are a man in a dress

  5. Bantu   April 5, 2013 at 10:32

    Countrymen and women ideally, the Times of Zambia is supposed to be a public entity meaning that whoever pays tax has a stake in the institution. We have all seen the institution degenerate in terms of quality in the last one year ans so months, especially after the arbitrary change of management after the PF took over power. Honestly speaking the problems at the Times of Zambia are historical, even in the the times of Emmanuel Nyirenda, Arnold Kapelembi and John Phiri. The problem that is there is more of a management problem. The combination of Godfrey Malama and Chishimba Chishimba as acting deputy Managing Director is one that cannot produce results. Just look at the typo efrrors in the publication these days, the poorly put together stories, just the rawness of the reporters just to mention a few of the problems. While appreciating that the PF is in charge and Amos Malupenga is PS in charge, the issue of just placing cadres because they are reporters in big management positions without any proven track records is not doing the institution any good. Mr Malama is a shadow of his former self, for reasons best known to himself, he seemscnotvtovput in his very best. Dear PS Malupenga, this is the time to stop politicking, swallow your pride and place the right people in those positions, evenvthosevyou unceremoniously threw out in the afterglow of your victory, or else readership confidence will continue to erode and you will be placing so many innocent workers in unnecessary danger. The situation is much the same at the Zambia Daily Mail, imagine a situation where management is now borrowing newsprint from the Post Newspapers, shameful, very shameful.

    • GORE RA RE KUSIGIRA E MASIMBA A VANHU   April 5, 2013 at 15:26

      If what you say is true, then Malama, Malupenga, Sakeni and the cadre-board need to be fired! WHAT A USELESS LOT…

    • John Cena   April 5, 2013 at 23:44

      Also let Times of Zambia do the following:
      1. Collect all the moneys owed to them by the Govt (which is in millions (re-based);
      2. Start disseminating impartial news.
      3. STOP – just praising politicians from the ruling party.
      This way the firm will re-gain its dignity and hence boost the revenue.

  6. Bingo   April 5, 2013 at 10:12

    It serves these useless good for nothing pf biased reporters well .who cares anyway? they can starve to hell if they want.

  7. REBASED ZULU   April 5, 2013 at 09:46

    Why do us resident on the copper belt pay k 3 same amount with Lusaka residents and yet on the copper belt we only watch znbc 1 but Lusaka resident have TV 2

  8. COME2016   April 5, 2013 at 09:08


  9. Kay Love   April 5, 2013 at 08:57

    Even the name of the newspaper, is adding to the non payments of their monthly dues.
    At TIMES they get paid and some other TIMES they DON’T get paid.
    Thats CNP regime for you.

  10. Yassongole   April 5, 2013 at 08:52

    That chap is a typical Bemba! He seems to be enjoying the foolish news from the rubbish Times of PF Zambia.Just look at his forehead! Typical Bemba from CNP!

  11. Maambamba Musaama   April 5, 2013 at 08:36

    Good for them, they think zambians are dull, pipo have seen through the PF propaganda, MMD used the same tactic and it did not work. Daily mail is lucky coz of its sports pages, next casualty will be the POST. ZNBC is another sham, I wish I had a way of not contributing my TV levy to this useless and boring channel, its a pain and torture to listen to their news, even children are not interested.

  12. Nshamonako   April 5, 2013 at 08:34


  13. political puppies   April 5, 2013 at 08:25

    The Post has replaced times of Zambia.

    • shimwitwa   April 5, 2013 at 09:40

      Even the Post don’t pay on time, workers have not yet received their March salaries!! Managing Editor Bivan Saluseki is on government payroll so he doesnt give it a damn!

  14. kelly   April 5, 2013 at 08:16

    Those who berg will have nothing but always have needs to berg for. The Times News paper is not even fit for the toilet. Let them keep on beging may be they start writing news for us to buy the paper.

  15. Blago   April 5, 2013 at 08:07

    Unfortunately the majority of PF cadres are illiterate so can`t provide the market for Times of Zambia publications.

  16. Chimbwii   April 5, 2013 at 07:44

    TIMES problems start in MMD. They lost all their libel cases and paid plenty out-of court settlements. With the C.E.O being a political appointee, what can any one rational expect?

  17. dumbo   April 5, 2013 at 07:39

    Something is not right government can have money to send idiotic sakeni for medical treatment but it cannot pay these propaganda journalist wages shame.

  18. Suggestor   April 5, 2013 at 06:35

    Thats tax payer’s money saved, they cant be paid for publishing trash, even their hero cnp knows they are worthless and publish trash

  19. jon   April 5, 2013 at 06:19

    the government should pay them. If it can pay salaries for TAZARA wokers regardless their nationaly.

  20. Margret   April 5, 2013 at 06:03

    But why should one waste money buying this Times of PF, Daily PF, and PF Post when I can get all the info for free from ZWD? What the ZWD misses, I get it from fellow bloggers and Daily Nation. Let them eat their shit news!

    • shimwitwa   April 5, 2013 at 09:31

      Eehh support Daily Nation and ZWD by advertising, buying and blogging we kick out these bastards, let us set a precedence in democracy. but point of correction, when you visit the ZWD web, you pay for internet, you dont do it for free, otherwise wou are progressive and please keep the flame burning!!

  21. BOOT CAMP   April 5, 2013 at 05:29

    I stopped buying or advertising in that paper a long time ago. I may just be one person, but they are not getting my money, that’s enough for me. Folks support the ‘Daily nation’. Buy it , read and advertise in it. That paper is the only way out.

    • Tombisto   April 5, 2013 at 07:26

      I also stopped buying the “past”, Daily Email and Times of PF, that makes the two of us!!!

  22. Livingstone Mukonje   April 5, 2013 at 04:57

    good to that they have not been paid. maybe they will wake up and not support every pf misdeed while sidelinning the opposition.

  23. Political Defender   April 5, 2013 at 04:21

    You reap what you sow! Times change!

  24. Zed Patriot   April 5, 2013 at 03:54

    God is punishing them for their stupidity.

  25. Kay   April 5, 2013 at 02:12

    They write trash, let them experience what they are perpetuating.

  26. mwanawina   April 4, 2013 at 23:47

    No wonder the screaming headlines to catch the fools eye masquerading as president of zambia. Mwanya!

  27. Moses   April 4, 2013 at 22:42

    Your chaps also want an airline look at this!kikikiki

  28. Moses   April 4, 2013 at 22:41

    that’s the reason why their article have been grammatically been very poor lately!

  29. Pausi   April 4, 2013 at 22:30

    People Should I Just Change The Country & Go Somewere. Is This More Money Or More Suffering. Awe Mwandi

  30. Joe Johnson   April 4, 2013 at 21:15

    Munkombwe has already revealed how the system works,them they go into Government to eat then you journalists you go into Government to make sure that Propaganda is done. Don’t cry fail you deserve or wait for Ukwa may be he will leave a change.

  31. Lebron James   April 4, 2013 at 20:54

    What are they eating?

  32. Ngilingindo   April 4, 2013 at 20:28

    hhahahahahaha..kekekekekekeke..but the chaps @Times of Pf-Zambia are so dull..why keep on obeying a master who doesn’t pay you..?If I were them..I would be selling infor to the opposition..kakakakakaka

  33. Epilogue   April 4, 2013 at 19:43

    Donchi kubeba wilalilalila aash! Keep quiet things are as you report! Publish it if you are refuting the story! Woooooow

  34. Dwinzy   April 4, 2013 at 19:38

    And some Tonga chap poses with a copy of the Times of Zambia!

    • Mwanarob   April 4, 2013 at 21:00

      Ha ha ha. That one is either Lozi or Bemba. Tongas are much more handsome:)

      • Kgalema   April 5, 2013 at 06:35

        Lozis are tall and handsome.

    • shimwitwa   April 5, 2013 at 09:42

      That is Bemba from Chitulika village, I know him I once lived there and he is not even reading but watching pictures, check the way he holds the paper…… how can you read like that?

  35. Mubanga   April 4, 2013 at 19:32

    It’s OKAY!
    These chaps are just chewing money by giving us propaganda every day!

  36. mwanya amafi ba pathetic fools   April 4, 2013 at 19:08


  37. Mouth Diarrhoea   April 4, 2013 at 19:03

    Let these fools suffer. They voted for leaders like GBM,Kamibya and other fools like the big one himself Ukwa. Mwaichenjesha ba swine.

  38. Nongo boy   April 4, 2013 at 18:53

    Going by the rubbish they write, they deserve this. Donchi kubeba!

  39. chilombo   April 4, 2013 at 18:46

    They should have savings. Learn to save.

    • JUDGE CHIKOPA   April 5, 2013 at 08:21


      • Homestead Musambachime   April 5, 2013 at 09:01

        This is free advice. No need for insults.