The district commissioner for Kalulushi Kampamba Mulenga has appealed to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services to fund operations of the Zambia News and Information Services in the area in order for it to undertake its mandate.
The district commissioner says without funding ZANIS in Kalulushi will not be able to provide information to the people about what the government was doing in the area.
Speaking on behalf of the district commissioner, district administrative officer Isidore Tebulu said for ZANIS to execute its duties effectively there was need for the ministry to fund it.
Mr. Tebulu said this in Kalulushi today when deputy minister for information and broadcasting services Mwansa Kapeya paid a courtesy call at the district commissioner’s office in Kalulushi today.
He said the ZANIS office in the district was unable to send stories at the expected time because it had no telephone and internet facilities.
Mr. Tebulu added that the office had no equipment such as the public address system which is used for state functions like independence and labour day.
Mr. Tebulu further said that the performance of the ZANIS office in Kalulushi could be effective if some of the challenges were met as the current office could adhere to the co-business of the organization and deliver to the expectation of both the government and the public.
Speaking earlier, Information and Broadcasting Deputy minister Mwansa Kapeya said Kalulushi was in the peri -urban area hence the need for the necessary equipment.
Mr. Kapeya said ZANIS was a mouth piece for the government and also generated news to other media organizations in Zambia.
He said it had been a cry everywhere that the departments were not receiving funding and as PF government such a situation left by the MMD government would not continue.
He said it was the duty of the PF government to mend what was left by the MMD government in most areas of government departments.
Mr. Kapeya said his ministry would need to equip the media institution with necessary tools in order for the public to be informed.
He said President Sata was passionate about the delivery of information to the people of Zambia.
The deputy minister is on the Copperbelt to familiarise himself with the operations of ZANIS and other media institutions.