The financially crippled public media houses have not been paid a total cost of K1,582,483 from a Public Relations exercise dubbed ‘President Edgar Lungu’s 100 days in office’ which was recently done by Lungu’s Press aide Amos Chanda.
Sources from State House and from the three public media, ZNBC TV, Times of Zambia and Daily Mail newspapers have confirmed to the Watchdog that the institutions have not been paid. Times and Daily Mail are owed K528,000 between them for the four paged full colour adverts which ran for three days while ZNBC is owed in excess of K1,054m.
This is barely a month after Information minister Chishimba Kambwili dissolved the Times and daily mail boards and directed management not to run any adverts from any government agency without any payment, this was Kambwili’s attempt to revive the financial status of the media houses.
Soon after his appointment and to date, Kambwili has been threatening to shut down all media houses that are critic to the government, including Zambian watchdog. He even declared that he has never began a crusade and fail but here is just one more crusade that Kambwili has failed among many others that we communicated to him.