The state controlled and funded Zambia Daily Mail has been ordered to take over the distribution of convict Richard Sakala’s hate speech newspaper Daily Nation for free.
In yet another huge scandal, the cost for distribution of Richard Sakala’s Daily Nation newspaper has now been taken over by the Zambian taxpayers money.
As a convict, Richard Sakala is fully aware that these are the same corrupt deals that landed Ngande Mwanajiti, Ronie Shikapwasha, Sam Phiri and others into trouble when MMD lost elections in 2011.
“What happened is that Richard Sakala complained to President Edgar Lungu’s Press Aid Amos Chanda that it was too expensive for him (Sakala) to distribute the Daily Nation throughout the country especially after the fuel increase. Sakala also complained that he was unable to meet bills for his drivers who were distributing the paper around the country, plus vehicle maintenance costs”, a source based at State House have revealed.
Sources say that’s how Amos Chanda ordered the Zambia Daily Mail, a government newspaper, to shoulder the costs and take over the distribution of a privately owned Daily Nation for free.
And by the way, the current managing Editor of Sakala’s Daily Nation is former Zambia Daily Mail Managing Editor Mary Mbewe. Mary Mbewe is the wife of Nebert Mbewe. Nebert Mbewe is the current Managing Editor of the Zambia Daily Mail.
Therefore, Sakala’s Daily Nation and the state owned Zambia Daily Mail are being run from one bedroom or is it ‘gym room’.
But sources have complained that in the run-up to the 2016 elections, State House bought more than 10 newspaper distribution vans for Sakala’s Daily Nation.
State House have also been bankrolling Richard Sakala’s Daily Nation newspaper all this time.
But immediately State House bought the vehicles for Sakala’s Daily Nation, he sold most of them and only remained with one for the newsroom, one for himself and another one for his concubine Ms. Patricia Chibiliti the one who runs Millennium Radio station in Findeco House.
But all the money State House has been bankrolling Richard Sakala’s Daily Nation, he has been developing huge fish ponds in Lusaka West, near Edith Nawakwi’s farm.
Sakala is also building a huge leisure resort in Siavonga from the funding he is getting from president Edgar Lungu through Amos Chanda and now plus huge servings from the Zambia Daily Mail that has taken over the distribution of the Daily Nation newspaper.
What is worse is that none of the servings being made at Daily Nation newspaper is reaching the employees of the company as Sakala has even laid off some of his workers especially the drivers.
Now the Zambian taxpayers are subsidising a privately owned Daily Nation in order to keep scandalising and abusing opposition politicians such as Hakainde Hichilema, Chishimba Kambwili, Mike Mulongoti and others.
Employees at the state owned Zambia Daily Mail are also wondering how they have been made to shoulder the costs and responsibility of a privately owned Daily Nation and whether other newspapers like News Diggers, the Mast can also be allowed to put their papers in the state owned Zambia Daily Mail.