During the flawed 2016 elections, most media ownership connived with the PF to block the UPND from advertising in their various media even when the opposition was ready to pay cash. The PF promised to pay such media a lot of money.
But up to now they have not been paid and together owed over K7 million debt, including the ECZ bill which was meant to coverup rigging.
Oscar Chavula, who represent the media owners has issues an SOS:
“We as the Media Owners Association of Zambia are very concerned with the nonpayment of money by the Electoral Commission of Zambia and the Patriotic Front Party. The Patriotic Front and the Electoral Commission of Zambia owe respective media houses over K7 Million for advertising services rendered during the August 2016 general elections.’
“As an Association we demand that the owed money be paid to respective media houses without further delay failure to which the Association will take legal action against the Electoral Commission of Zambia and the Patriotic Front.
Several attempts to recover the money owed to our members have failed and as earlier indicated, the failure to pay this money is affecting our operations. Once again we demand that the ECZ and the PF pays the money owed to the respective media houses without fail.’