Five people have been shortlisted for the position of Zambia Daily Mail Managing Director. Among those shortlisted and interviewed is Post Newspapers senior General Manager Sheik Chifuwe.
Others are former Zambia Daily Mail News Editor Pauline Banda, Roads Development Agency (RDA) head of public relations Loyce Saili, former Times of Zambia Deputy Editor in-chief incharge of circulation Hicks Sikazwe and Bestone N’gonga who is former Media Trust Fund Executive Director.
Sheik Chifuwe whom Fred Mmembe of the Post Newspapers wants to impose on the Zambia Daily Mail is a mere photographer who can not even write a picture caption and one wonders how he became a senior General Manager at the Post Newspapers.
Former Managing Director Isaac Chipampe who was transfered to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services by former Information Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba before replacing him with his former class mate Play Boy Anthony Mukwita was the prefered candidate by many board members but Chipampe refused to apply.
“Yes five have been shortlisted and preliminary interviews conducted and Chifuwe is one of them. We really wanted Chipambe back because he started a very ambitious programme but he refused to apply,” a source from within the Zambia Daily Board of directors said.
The vacancy was created after Anthony Mukwita who was appointed by Mwamba and rubber stamped by the board was dismissed.
Reports reaching the Zambian Watchdog are that Mmembe wants Chifuwe to take up the position so that the Zambia Daily Mail can act as an appendix of the Post Newspaper. Sheik Chifuwe can not construct a proper sentence in English but as a Fred Mmembe blue eyed boy just like his friend Goliath Munkonge who is Post Newspapers General Manager for Printing and Post Courier rose to the position of senior General Manager. Before being appointed senior general manager, Chifuwe was the Secretary General of the Press Freedom Committee of the Post an organisation that duped a number of donor organisations on the pretex that the organisation was promoting press freedom when it was actually a campaign tool put in place by Fred Mmembe to promote the now seemingly failed project the Patriotic Front and President Michael Sata in particular.
Before being appointed Executive Secretary of the Press Freedom Committee, Sheik Chifuwe was a photographer.