Information and Broadcasting Minister Chishimba Kambwili has bowed to pressure and reversed his earlier remarks that he could run the ministry without media bodies like the Media Institute for Southern Africa but MISA says there is nothing special about the minister’s change of stance.
Speaking during the World Press freedom Day at the Freedom statue in Lusaka Kambwili said he has now ‘forgiven’ the organisation and invited them to dialogue with his ministry. Soon after his appointment, Kambwili went on rampage threatening to close down various media houses and this attracted MISA’s reaction calling for President Edgar Lungu to remove him from the position. Kambwili then declared that he would never attend any MISA function and even boycotted the media awards last month.
But MISA Zambia chairperson Hellen Mwale told the media that her organisation was not aware that the minister had a grudge with them. She said the reconciliation was nothing for as long as the government does not carry out media reforms and enacting the Access to information law.
Meanwhile the minister accused the watchdog of spreading hate message and taking delight in attacking President Lungu, he accused the media houses of being run by non journalists bent on insulting the PF government. While Kambwili was making the comments, he was staring in the eyes of Watchdog reporters at the scene.