THE Press Association of Zambia (PAZA) is wholly funded by the Post newspaper’s Press Freedom Committee, Media Liaison Committee (MLC) chairman Enock Ngoma disclosed yesterday.
And Mr Ngoma has charged that he did not remember when PAZA held its last elective annual general meeting (AGM).
Mr Ngoma said PAZA had not been able to conduct elections because it was broke.
He said PAZA now receives its funding from the Press Freedom Committee which had been settling its bills to the Registrar of Societies.
Mr Ngoma said it was the Press Freedom Committee of the Post newspaper which had been supporting PAZA when it lost its donor sponsorship.
Asked how much PAZA receives from the committee, Mr Ngoma said he was not sure of the annual grant.
“I am not sure about how much Press Freedom Committee funds PAZA but should be around K5,000 to K6,000 per month, if not per year,” he said.
Mr Ngoma said the money has been used to clear bills at PACRA and the Registrar of Societies.
He said the last grant which PAZA received was last month from the Press Freedom Committee.
Mr Ngoma said it was not done in secrecy as the media was invited to cover the event in Lusaka last month.
Mr Ngoma said it was the same grant it receives from the Press Freedom Committee which it had been using to run its office.
Mr Ngoma said PAZA initially was meant to be holding annual general meeting every year and elections every after two years.
Meanwhile, Mr Ngoma said the MLC cannot assist freelance journalist Chanda Chimba III because his case was complex as he had allegedly insulted a particular newspaper and a political party.