Accreditation of Media to Parley was done by State House-Matibini

Accreditation of Media to Parley was done by State House-Matibini

matibiniSpeaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has told Parliament that the accreditation of journalists to this year’s ceremonial opening of Parliament was done in collaboration with State House.
This is in contrast to the statement made by Information Minister Joseph Katema who said government was not aware that the media was barred from covering the event. Katema had apportioned blame to the National Assembly who he claimed were in charge of the accreditation in conjunction with Zambia National Information Services (ZANIS) and explained that the executive did not interfere in the work of the Judiciary and Legislature.
But Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has revealed that during the ceremonial opening of parliament all the three wings of government are present raising security concerns and as such State House handles the accreditation in conjunction with security wings.
“On ceremonial opening of parliament all wings of government that is the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature are present and it raises grave security concerns and as a result, the approval of people to the chamber is done in close collaboration with State House and security agencies,” Matibini explained.
Matibini said the Chamber could not accommodate all the 129 media personnel who were accredited and in view of that and security concerns it was restricted to state media and one private media (Post) while the rest were to cover from the media centre.
Matibini said despite the restrictions the event was non- the less broadcast live by the state broadcaster and Parliament Radio.

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