ZUJ wishes Mataka well at Daily Mail

The Zambia Union of Journalists (ZUJ) has wished the newly appointed Managing Editor for the Zambia Daily Mail Evans Milimo and his Deputy Managing Editor Davis Mataka good luck in their new jobs.
ZUJ General Secretary, Bob Sianjalika
said in a statement to the Watchdog that ZUJ would like to advise the two appointees that workers at Zambia Daily Mail were more expectant from them and the challenge is big.
“Currently there are several labour related matters that need attention and ZUJ hopes Mr Milimo and Mr Mataka would take them as priority,” reads Sianjalika’ statement.
He said the media in Zambia has a bright future as long as better policies and managers were put in place.
“The Zambia Daily Mail has been an important institution in the media industry and the appointment of the two media personalities should bring better results especially those of benefit to the workers.
“It is also important to state that these appointments are being made at the time ZUJ and the Zambia Daily Mail management are negotiating for improved conditions of service.”
Sianjalika, who works for Times of Zambia said ZUJ shall remain optimistic and wish for a day when workers in the media industry would have the best conditions of service.
“We urge Mr Milimo and Mr Mataka understand that the Zambia Daily Mail is a public institutions as such criticism from people both negative and positive will be inevitable,” he said.
Until their appointments, Mr Milimo was Deputy Managing Editor for the Zambia Daily Mail while Mr Mataka was Political and Diplomatic Editor at the Times of Zambia.
But the Watchdog has been informed that Mataka was imposed on the Daily Mail by State House.
He holds a certificate in journalism from African Literature Centre in Kitwe.
The position of Editor for Daily Mail was advertised after Leonard Kantumoya left.
According to insiders, Mataka was the one given the job of managing editor but before the announcement could be made, there was a strong internal resistance as it was felt that the industry would not accept him owing to his humble education.

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