Information minister Chishimba Kambwili has told management at ZNBC to prioritise the employment of relatives before considering any other person.
Speaking when he addressed ZNBC management and union leaders at his office in Lusaka recently, Kambwili said it would be unfair for the Anti-Corruption Commission to question him or ZNBC management on why they would employ their own relatives.
“You know, when they alleged that Kambwili wrote a letter to have people employed at RTSA, ati ba Anti-Corruption come in. Me I just told them, nangu imwebene ba madam, tamwabala mwipushapo favour kumuntu ati umwana wandi alipwisha isukulu mwingisheni inchito (even you madam, haven’t you ever asked for a favour from anyone that my child has completed school, give him a job)? What is good for the gander is good for the goose,” Kambwili said.
“I hear there are three vacancies of drivers, mwalikwata babululu shenu kuti mwalandafye ati muposelenipo umwana wandi (you have your relatives, you can just say place my relative there). It’s not only here at ZNBC, abaiche balya mwalemona pa market, tamwabamona bali ku Zesco balebomba? Ukabepushe eko bachitile ama interviews, government is a shareholder, we just said ingisheni inchito aba (those children you were seeing at the market, you haven’t seen them working at Zesco? Ask them where they did their interview…).”
He warned union leaders to desist from policing and questioning why management was not following procedure when employing staff at the national broadcaster.
“These things do happen gentlemen but nga mwalaikosesha ubwikalo mukasanga ukwebati tapali ifile (if you make your work tough, you’ll find that nothing is) moving for everybody. Mailo mukambokudandaula ati nali bomba ku ZNBC, ukuyalombelakofye umwana inchito, nothing. Mwebene nimwe mulebika ama roadblocks (you’ll start complaining that I work at ZNBC but I can’t go and ask for a job for my child; you are the ones who are placing roadblocks). It’s a question of give and take, muleumfwanafye bwino bwino (just agree nicely),” he said.
He urged management and the union to work together and safeguard the jobs at ZNBC for the benefit of everyone.
“Teti imwe ba (Chomba) Yumbe, nga mwalikwata umwana, ku ZNBC kuli vacancy, baya ingisha umwana waumbi naimwe nakwata nama qualifications. Ngabaisa mwingisha elo batutwala ku Anti-Corruption baisa twipusha ati mwamwingishe shani (you Yumbe, if you have a child and there is a vacancy at ZNBC, they employ another person’s child, meanwhile your child is also qualified; if they employ your child and they take us to Anti-Corruption and they will ask us who he has employed), that’s not being fair. Because there are reasons for him to favour you, he has been with us for a long time, twalimona behaviour yabo, we think nomwana wabo alikwata behaviour akasunga inchito (we have seen his behaviour, we think even his child is well behaved and will keep the job). Those are certain considerations that are made,” he added.
“Naimwebene ngamwatampa ukulaleta iyi friction, umwana wenu akesayamba ukufwaya inchito, mukesa chita approach director of human resource ati mfwailako inchito. Kwisalubana nawemwine waya nyela kuntulo ya kamana (even you if you cause this friction, your child will look for employment, you will approach the director of human resources asking him to find some job for him. You’ll just get confused yourself if you mess the source of the water); those things do happen.”
Kambwili also advised the director of human resource against unnecessarily charging workers that commit offences.