On Monday, civil rights activist Brebner Changala charged that Zamtel was going through serious management and financial crisis and unless Government moved promptly to institute a thorough forensic audit, the country’s sole State telecommunication installation is going to collapse.
Mr Changala complained that ZAMTEL had in the past one month failed to provide internet services and that the workforce at the institution had become highly demotivated because of the management crisis at the institution.
Mr Changala has called on the Minister of Transport and Communications Kapembwa Simbao and the Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda to immediately order for a forensic audit at ZAMTEL because there were fears that the company was being extensively mismanaged.
He charged in an interview that ZAMTEL in its current form and shape was nothing but a failed project and unless drastic measures were taken, there was a danger that one of the country’s sensitive installations was going to collapse.
Mr Changala said the security of the country could easily be compromised if Government was going to hesitate to take drastic measures that could save ZAMTEL from total collapse.
Mr Changala said he was disappointed that the Zambia Information and Communication Technology (ZICTA) had lamentably failed to supervise ZAMTEL and should therefore take full responsibility for the state of the telecommunication company.
“ZAMTEL is going through serious management and financial crisis and until and unless Government moved faster enough to commence forensic audit at the company, there is a real danger that the only State-owned telecommunication installation could easily collapse.
‘‘We must not wait until such a calamity befalls us and that is why I am appealing to Mr Simbao and Mr Chikwanda to immediately commence a forensic audit to establish the extent of the management and financial crisis that has hit the company.
‘‘As we speak, the internet services have collapsed for the last one month and management has not provided any answers to all the questions we have been raising,” Mr Changala said.