Chibamba Kanyama should take up the ZNBC job – Response to Dr. Mbozi’

Chibamba Kanyama [email protected]
00:16 (9 hours ago)

to Webmaster, Editor
Subject: Chibamba Kanyama should take up the ZNBC job (written by Charles Bota)

Dear Dr Mbozi

I read your internet post on the Zambia watchdog website under Editor’s choice giving ten reasons why Chibamba Kanyama should not take up the ZNBC job. Though he has taken it up and therefore it is superfluous to talk about that, I write because you said you would keep the article on record to say “I told you so” when he fails.

Let me point out that I did not support the PF at the polls though I voted for the PF candidate who won in my constituency. This was because of her qualities above the other candidates and not her party. I did not vote for the current president but I accept him as leader for that is democracy. I will criticize where necessary because that too is democracy.

I find it rather strange, and in fact very sad, that a Zambian can analyze and advise another Zambian in the manner of your article. It is closer to the truth to say I am shocked. Especially that it does not seem to matter to you that Chibamba might in fact make a difference at ZNBC. The gist of your admonition is: It is a bad party; led by a very bad and poor leader; they will destroy a good man so he must not take the job.

Let me comment on some of your points:

Your introduction.

You state that Chibamba is over qualified for the post of ZNBC DG. What in fact are the qualifications? From what I know of the earlier holders the minimum appears to be a degree in Mass Communications or the like with years of experience in senior management. This is a CEO position of a very pivotal institution from many sides. I would think Chibamba’s degree in media studies as well as his years a ZNBC qualify him. But this is an institution that is on the brink financially and in terms of strategic vision. I would think Chibamba’s masters, his Economist mantle and his Corporate years in senior management would stand him in good stead to give stability, strategic vision, garner partnership support etc.

You also state that Chibamba wrote that he turned down an appointment by President Mwanawasa and yet accepted President Sata’s when the former was the best president this country has had. This is an unfair analysis and comparison when you do not give all the facts of the two instances.

Point 1.

Your glib assertion that 57% voted against the PF is not factual as this was not a two man race.

If Chibamba goes and refuses to be a bootlicker and is dismissed which is possible, is this not the stuff that principled patriotism is made of? Is it not more valiant to stand up for patriotic principle and be judged on the right side of history by posterity than to sit back and do nothing because “maybe they will fire me and I will lose my name”. The Bible says

“He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4 ESV)

Do you really believe it is better to do nothing patriotic because you will lose your “good name”?

In any case, Chibamba is a firm Christian. the Bible tells us all appointments (authorities) ultimately are not made by man but by God,

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1 ESV)

The President is but an agent of God. Surely, Chibamba should see if it is the Lord leading him and if it is, then he must go for it.

Point 3.

One year can be a long time in business. It is possible to make such an impact as to set things in motion. A good example is President Mwanawasa. Seven years is a very short time in which to make a real impact as Republican President and yet Mr Mwanawasa set in motion such a trend as to be appreciated by all. Even you said he was the best so far. .

What if God raised Chibamba up for this very one year? If that is so, then he will impact the media and the country as no-one else before. Again the Bible says of God,

“remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.” (Isaiah 46:9-11 ESV)

What is one year if God has purposed this path for Chibamba?

Point 4.

Though it may be true that Chibamba may not have as much time or latitude to do his other callings it is also true that his CV would be enhanced by being CEO of a major and pivotal organization.

Also, you contradict yourself here. You earlier said he is over qualified for the ZNBC job, yet suggest it were better he heads MUVI TV? Where is your logic even if you are being sarcastic?

Point 5.

You suggest an honest man cannot work with “liars”. Well the Bible teaches us about a righteous man called Daniel. He was captured by an ungodly King and asked to work under him (surrounded by officers who were liars) and later even to become one of the Rulers of the land. Daniel did so with distinction. Why? Early in the Book we read,

“But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.” (Daniel 1:8 ESV)


“As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” (Daniel 1:17 ESV)

Is not the God of Daniel also the God of Chibamba? Can he not also work among “liars” and yet serve with distinction?

By the way, why do you think Dr Malama’s career is wasted? Again it is not man who appoints or disappoints ultimately. It is the Lord God. The story of Joesph in the Bible is very instructive about what man determines for evil being used of God for good,

“But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” (Genesis 50:19, 20 ESV)

If Dr Malama and Chibamba will hold on to their God as Joseph and Daniel did they will be lifted up by Him; it doesn’t matter what the President will do.

Point 7.

This is valid. However, I am not conversant enough with the system when there is no Board and PS and Minister is in charge. I do seem to recall that when there is no Board the Minister is empowered to appoint a DG. I stand to be corrected.

Point 8.

I do not know what his Sabmiller remuneration was nor what his ZNBC one is. I do know that salary is not the thing, but cost to Company is the issue. Because of gratuities and various allowances etc he will probably have a higher cost to Company under ZNBC than under Sabmiller.

But sadly, it is very clear from this point that your opinion is that life is about money. What of service? What of patriotism? What of honour? Do these count for nothing?

Point 9.

Again you are inconsistent in your logic. How could Minister Shamenda publicly defend Chibamba from the “fake economist” insult when it had nothing to do with his ministry at the time?

Point 10.

Same as under point 5.

I personally spoke to Chibamba the day his appointment was announced to congratulate him and urge him to take up the job and make a difference. I urged him to trust in God and not fear man. This is because I firmly believe that if it is the Lord’s timing-and I think it is-, then all will be well whether in the now or the hereafter. I will certainly be praying for him! Don’t you think you should do the same? If not pray, then at least assist him succeed.

I await a response on some of my points to you Sir.

Kind regards

Charles Bota

CC. Dr Mbozi [email protected]

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It is a bad party; led by a very bad and poor leader; they will destroy a good man so he must take the job.’ He left out the word ‘not’ which must be inserted before ‘take the job


EDITORS’S COMMENT: the write-up above was sent to us by Chibamba Kanyama himself as can be seen from the email we have published word for word. Kanyama has been using this same email to send us stories and we hope he will continue being our correspond even at  ZNBC

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