Chipimo queries Dora Siliya

Chipimo queries Dora Siliya


Elias Chipimo jnr questions Dora Siliya on Twitter. Dora only replied she is holding some press meeting sometime this week.

We have known each other for a long time so no need for introductions. I have a series of questions that I would like you – as a public servant responsible for government communications – to answer. I will list them one by one.

1. Of the $273 million that was borrowed for phases II and III of the digital migration, was there any counterpart funding from GRZ? In other words, did GRZ provide any of this money directly rather than borrowing it all from the Chinese Bank that gave the loan?

2. TopStar is charging for a local bouquet in the region of K40 per subscriber. Is it true that there are around 1.4 million subscribers?

3. If these numbers are correct, it means that TopStar is earning in the region of $4,900,000 every month when you remove the TV levy. Assuming costs of $1 million per month, this gives a balance of nearly $3,900,000 per month.

4. This would mean that the loan would be repaid in less than 5 years and even less of we take our any counterpart funding. Could you please state whether these figures are correct and if not, what are the actual figures in terms of loan amount and the repayment schedule?

5. Are you aware that advertising revenue is the main and in lost cases source of income for the local content providers (Prime, CBC, QTV etc)?

7. If you are not aware of these things, I and the people of Zambia would like to knowwhy you are not aware and if you are aware, we would like to know what you are doing about it.

8. Were there bids from Huawei, ZTE and Muvi for the Phase II and III of the digital migration process? Is it true that these were in the region of $15 million and $21 million compared to the $273 million that was borrowed and given to a Chinese majority-owned company to rollout?

9. Because this is a public debt, we have a right to know how much of this has been paid to date, what are TopStar’s monthly operating costs, Who is overseeing this expenditure since ZNBC is only a 40% shareholder in TopStar?

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    marcus 12 hours ago

    Why is it that whenever constructive and valid points are raised on a platform such as this one are raised, there a few absurd and ridiculous responses that demean the seriousness of the subject matter or key issue raised. The English language like our own mother tongues have an extensive vocabulary from which we can express ourselves without taking ourselves to the gutter and replying with shallow responses.

    You want DS to respond then provide her with intelligent responses that on this platform deserves.

    If you continue with these responses, you only encourage her not to respond and only fuel your frustration that reside in the very sentiments that you reveal in your own shallow comments that you use to describe DS with.

    Lastly your comments can make or break the credibility of the platform you use as voice to air intelligent topics that you use to get the answers to the very questions, the people in question are being asked to answer.

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    muntungwa 2 days ago

    She is dull so we cannot expect sensible answers. Very pertinent questions EC.

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    Bashi Nono 6 days ago

    It is so sad that eveey failure this government has presented is now “Blame HH!” Who is the driver of this economy? PF might as well hand over power to HH so he can answer our questions and show us our way out….

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    Reckman 6 days ago

    Thank you Mr Chipimo for the Questions, just like everyone else i am in need of these answeres from Madam Siliya

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    mccleto 6 days ago

    thank u mr chipimo all need those answers only that the people to answer those questions are empty tins they have nothing in there mind apart from blaming others.Dora cannot answer these questions because she is nothing but a…… let end here

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    That bitch has no capacity to answer such intelligent senstive questions….

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    nineo 7 days ago

    Ba Chipima bakalamba, you realise that the answered to your questions can be summarised in one short sentence?

    Ans: “Its HH’s doing”

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    samlindo 7 days ago

    She does not have the capacity to answer intelligent questions, she will blame it all on HH, just like the rest of them in PF