No foreigners in chicken business, says Kambwili

The selling of live birds on retail and wholesale basis has been reserved for Zambians, Government has announced.

The Government has also reserved for Zambians poultry production, processing and marketing investment.

Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili announced this yesterday following a Cabinet meeting held on Monday.

Cabinet approved the introduction of Reservations Schemes under the provisions of section 21 (1) and (2) of the Citizens Economic Empowerment Act No. 9 of 2006. The Act provides that the selling of live birds on retail and wholesale basis and at market be reserved for citizens, citizens-influenced, empowered and owned companies.

“The same Act also provided that poultry production, processing and marketing investment be reserved for investment by citizens,” Mr Kambwili who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services said.

He also said Cabinet approved that domestic haulage for all public procurements be reserved for citizens, citizens-influenced, empowered and owned companies.

Mr Kambwili said domestic haulage shall be granted on the basis of joint ventures and partnership with citizen-owned companies as stipulated in the Citizens Economic Empowerment Act.

He further said the Act provided for block making investment be reserved for citizens, citizens-influenced, empowered and owned companies.

“This is to facilitate the participation of the Zambian Citizens such as the small scale entrepreneurs the majority of whom are women and the youth,” Mr Kambwili said. He said it was now incumbent upon the citizens to take advantage of the decision by cabinet and fully engage in production for the good of the nation.

Meanwhile, Mr Kambwili has threatened to revoke Radio Phoenix operating licences for allegedly being controlled by opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema.

And Mr Kambwili has revealed that government has instituted investigations into the operations of Radio Phoenix for allegedly being controlled by opposition UPND.

“If found wanting Government will use the IBA Act to revoke its operating license,” he said.

Mr Kambwili told journalists that Government had information that the new radio station proprietors were working with UPND.

He accused UPND of having a hand in the operations of the Radio Phoenix.

Mr Kambwili said should the investigations prove that Radio Phoenix was being controlled by UPND, Government would not hesitate to revoke its operating license.

He said the radio station was operating in a balanced manner before it was sold to some Swanas.

“But now we are made to believe that after Roy Hickey sold his shares the radio station is now pro-opposition,” Mr Kambwili observed.

He said the IBA Act was mandated to look into such issues and if found wanting appropriate measures would be imposed.

“We are investigating the operations of Radio Phoenix… I would also like to warn a young man who is always biased towards one political party in his reporting,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Kambwili has distanced himself against the firing of Christine Ngwisha at Radio Phoenix.

Mr Kambwili said according to information gathered Christine Ngwisha was fired for failing to ask questions which were in favour of UPND and its leader Mr Hichilema.

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