Media bodies go for Kambwili

MINISTER of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili
MINISTER of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili
Media bodies have condemned Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili for storming UNZA Radio and threatening student Journalists at the station.

MISA Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale says the outspoken Sports Minister should tame his undemocratic outbursts and conduct because it is a threat to democracy.

Ms Mwale in a statement made available to QFM News says the behavior exhibited by Mr Kambwili is not only unfavourable for democratic growth but is dangerous to academic freedom and freedom of expression in Zambia.

She says it is further very frightening for a Minister to drive to UNZA Radio and verbally threaten students.

Ms Mwale says this conduct is likely to have a long term psychological effects on the young students.

The MISA Zambia Chairperson adds that conduct of the Minister also sets a very bad example to the youths and the students as regards respect for a very cardinal human right which is freedom of expression.

Ms Mwale says MISA Zambia demands that Mr Kambwili retracts his threats and control his outbursts in order for students to learn in a conducive environment and for them to appreciate and grow to respect the right to freedom of expression.

And the Press Association of Zambia (PAZA) is concerned with Mr Kambwili threatens to Journalism students at UNZA Radio.

PAZA Executive Secretary Patson Phiri says Mr. Kambwili should understand his boundaries stating that the UNZA Radio staff is not under him but the radio station’s board.

Mr. Phiri who is also a board member for UNZA Radio notes that Mr. Kambwili has no authority to fire any employee at UNZA radio, adding that it is wrong for him threaten staff at the radio station.

He has further encouraged UNZA Radio staff to feel very safe as Mr. Kambwili has no right to fire anyone of them.


( Friday 10th October 2014 )