Catholics are not your enemies, priest tells govt

Information and Broadcasting permanent secretary Ngosa Chisupa has implored community radio stations in the country to help unite the nation through the programmes they broadcast.

Speaking when he toured radio Chengelo in Kitwe today,  Mr. Chisupa said radio stations have a key role in uniting the nation as well as high lighting government developmental programmes apart from informing, education and entertaining.

Mr Chisupa urged Radio Chengelo management not to only concentrate on evangelizing in their programming but to also include reports on developmental programmes.

He assured the station management that government will continue to support the media institutions because it recognizes them as important partners in development.

The permanent secretary added that government will encourage senior government officials to be featuring on Radio Chengelo programmes so that they can high light government policies and national topical issues to the people.

He also commended the station for some of its programmes that aimed at encouraging behavioral change especially among the youths.

And Radio Chengelo station manager Father Wilbroad Mwape said the Radio station will strive to promote unit in the nation through its programmes.

Father Mwape urged government not to perceive the Catholic Church as an enemy but as partners in development.

He cited a ministry of education programme which the station is running for the ministry free of charge.

Earlier Mr Chisupa toured Flava radio station where he encouraged them to report objectively.

The PS also toured Zambia Daily mail, Times of Zambia, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation and Zambia News and Information Services.

He added that there is need for the media organizations to embrace new Technology in to enhance coverage of developmental news.

Mr Chisupa further said Government was committed to address the various challenges being faced by the Media to enhance productivity.

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