Chief Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga has urged Zambians not to be swayed by Roan Member of Parliament Chishimiba Kambwili’s corruption allegations against government.
Ms. Mulenga who is also Minister of Informational and Broadcasting Services has also dismissed Mr Kambwili’s allegations that the digital migration project is marred with corruption.
She says Mr. Kambwili’s utterances are based on his bitterness and frustration.
Ms. Mulenga says it is unfortunate that Mr Kambwili has unfairly accused President Edgar Lungu of single sourcing StarTimes of China for the Digital Migration project.
She has clarified that the process used to contract StarTimes, is allowed in the procurement process and no objection was received from the Zambia Public Procurement Authority -ZPPA.
The Minister has also reiterated that government has and will prudently spend funds for the digital migration project.
Ms. Mulenga said this in a statement issued to ZNBC News in Lusaka.
Meanwhile Minister of Information Kampamba Mulenga has reiterated government’s commitment to ensuring that the Freedom of Information -FOI- bill comes to pass.
And Ms Mulenga has commended the U.S Government for its continued support towards capacity building of media practitioners in Zambia.
She says government recognises the importance of the bill and is working round the clock to ensure completion of all the necessary processes.
Ms Mulenga was speaking when U.S Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote called on her at her office in Lusaka.
She said Government has taken a cautious approach towards the bill because it wants to ensure that once passed, the law stands the test of time.
And Ambassador Foote commended the government for its efforts and determination to grow the media industry.
He said the American government is proud of the growth Zambia has recorded in the media industry.
Mr Foote said the U.S government stands ready to provide support to enhance this progress.