Govt congratulates kanyama on IMF appointment


Finance Minister, Alexander Chikwanda, has congratulated out-going Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) Director General, Chibamba Kanyama, on his appointment as Communications Advisor at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)in Washington, United States of America.

Mr Chikwanda says the appointment of Mr Kanyama was on the basis of the latter’s sound credentials.

Mr Chikwanda wished Mr Kanyama well in all his endeavours at the IMF.

This is contained in a press statement released to ZANIS by Ministry of Finance Public Relations Officer, Chileshe Kandeta.

“As governor of Zambia at the IMF, I was extremely pleased to learn of your appointment to a very significant position at the Fund. I warmly congratulate you. I am persuaded beyond all doubt that you will be a big plus for our country. I wish you well in all your endeavours”, said Mr Chikwanda in a letter addressed to Mr Kanyama.

The minister said Mr Kanyama had always served with passion and remarkable distinction which would stand him in good stead at his new job the IMF.

Mr Kanyama wrote on his Facebook page that “I leave ZNBC on June 15th, 2014 to take up an appointment with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as Communications Advisor. I joined ZNBC on March 6th, 2012 and the past two years at the helm of the Corporation provided me with an incredible experience.”

Over the weekend, ZNBC Director General (DG) Chibamba Kanyama said that he will resign to take up a new role at the International Monetary Fund as Communications Advisor.

Mr Kanyama hoped that all ZNBC stakeholders and members of the general public that gave him encouragement to provide leadership at the Corporation would continue to render support to his successor and ZNBC at large and that the public should expect international level service provision.

He is further grateful that the PF Government had shown willingness to continue supporting ZNBC so that it fulfils its mandate and given the backdrop of anticipated digital migration.

“I take the opportunity to pay tribute to, President Michael Sata for supporting the Office of Director General. He never interfered in my operations but encouraged me to function as required by CAP 154 that governs the operations of ZNBC. I thank all the Ministers and Permanent Secretaries that served at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services for having given guidance to my office, particularly during the period ZNBC had no Board of Directors,” he said.

He was appointed ZNBC Director General on March 6, 2012, taking over from Joe Chilaizya. Both Mr Kanyama and ZNBC Board Chairman, John Mulwila, confirmed the development.

Mr Kanyama will start his new role at the IMF on July 7th 2014.

The ZNBC out-going DG added, “I greatly value the mentorship I received from the Board of Directors Chaired by John Mulwila. Appreciation also goes to the management and staff of ZNBC for having participated in the big vision that sought to re-position the institution as a true public broadcaster,” Mr. Kanyama said.