ZAMBIA Daily Mail Managing Directors Bryson Mumba and his Times of Zambia counterpart Francis Lwanga have been relieved of their duties, Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili announced yesterday.
And Mr Kambwili has dissolved the boards of the Zambia Daily Mail and Times Printpak Zambia Limited.
Mr Kambwili has since appointed Nebat Mbewe to act as Managing Director, while Mr Ng’onga will act at the Times Printpark.
Mr Mbewe is the current deputy Managing Director at the Zambia Daily Mail.
Mr Kambwili thanked the two former Managing Directors at the two institutions for their contributions.
He has reiterated that the public media should not divert from its role of being a watchdog of society.
Mr Kambwili said the tenure of the two boards was to end on 24th May, 2015 having been constituted on 24th may 2012.
“Because it takes sometime before new members of the boards are screened by security, Government has thought it wise to dissolve the current boards so that security wings are given ample time to scrutinize would-be new members of the boards,” he said.
Mr Kambwili paid tribute to the outgoing board members for their commendable efforts to oversee operations of the two companies during their tenure.
He said the boards had been committed, innovative and worked tirelessly with their respective managements to ensure the companies were run efficiently and effectively. Mr Kambwili said Government’s long term objectives and ambitions in the media industry remain unchanged.
“I shall ensure that the men and women given the opportunity to run these companies perform to the best of their abilities. Their key role is to ensure the citizenry are informed of Government’s policies and development agenda,” he said.
The board for Times Printpark Zambia Limited comprised the following: Mr. Michael Musonda (board chairperson); Engwase Banda-Mwale, Judge Kabazo Chanda (rtd); Simon Bota, Eustace Nkandu; Lawrence Moola, Penelope Mapoma, Francis Lwanga (MD) and permanent secretary (MIBS).
The board for Zambia Daily Mail Limited comprised: Ms. Tamala Kambikambi, Caroline Phiri-Chibbonta, Philimon Songolo, Oliver Kanene, Friday Ng’ona, Bryson Mumba (MD), Famous Kabwe, Exhildah Lumbwe and permanent secretary (MIBS).