Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-ZAMBIA) chairperson Daniel Sikazwe has abandoned the media institution to follow his wife who is working at one of the Zambian embassies in Europe.
Sikazwe has been missing for more than two months now and missed MISA-Zambia’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) last month.
MISA Zambia is now presided over by its deputy chairperson Nalumino Nalumino the station manager for Kabwe-based Radio Station Maranatha.
MISA-Zambia is membership driven organisation whose members are mainly journalists from privately owned media houses. It was established in 1996 as chapter of the MISA Media Institute of Southern Africa, headquartered in Namibia.
The role of MISA- Zambia is to promote and protect press freedom.
But with leaders like Daniel Sikazwe linked and suspected to be ruling party cadres, the role of the once vibrant press freedom defender is compromised.
There have been fear and concerns by members of the public and journalist from private media that MISA Zambia is now run by government agents.
Some members of the MISA board have been frequenting State House seeking jobs from the PF government.
Some journalists believe that Sikazwe is trying to use his wife to get a job from the PF after failing to get one direct from State House.
Sikazwe’s last known job was continuity announcer for ZNBC radio.