MINISTER of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili has told Parliament that his ministry does not interfere in the running of the public media and that The Post newspaper is a disservice to Zambia.
Winding up debate on the budget for his ministry on Thursday night, Mr Kambwili said Government has allowed the public media to operate freely and without interference.
“Personally, I do not interfere in the running of Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation. They are free to report responsibly,” Mr Kambwili said.
He prodded opposition MPs to make (good) news.
“Public media will not cover you if you insult President Lungu. They are not stupid.
“You know that load shedding has been caused by low water levels yet you accuse Edgar Lungu,” Mr Kambwili said.
He chided The Post newspaper saying it reports irresponsibly.
“It must be realised that the media is the fourth estate and if it is not guided, it can lead the country into turmoil,” Mr Kambwili said and referred to the Rwanda genocide.
He said the private tabloid is doing a disservice to the nation through its irresponsible reporting.
“I don’t believe in the reporting of The Post newspaper whether you are in government or opposition.
“And for you the UPND, The Post does not like you.
“Their reporting has gotten out of hand and it is high time we all stood up against The Post. The newspaper is full of insults,” Mr Kambwili said.
He said the reporting of The Post has scared some investors, noting that one such investor was surprised to see a completely pleasant atmosphere in Zambia after earlier being discouraged by what The Post had portrayed of the country.
“As Government, we have the responsibility to serve the people of Zambia whether you are in Government or opposition,” Mr Kambwili said.
He said even when he was in the opposition, he stood up against The Post newspaper.