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2 local scribes get Unesco posts

ALVIN CHIINGA, Lusaka
TWO veteran Zambian journalists have been elected members of UNESCO’s communication and information sector for 2015 and 2016.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services said in a statement released by the press and public relations unit that Juliana Mwila and Gilbert Maimbo have been elected because of their outstanding service in the media.
The statement said the duo’s successful candidature was floated by the ministry during the recent UNESCO General Conference in Paris, France.
“Mrs Mwila, who once served as director-general at the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and later, as director for press and planning in the ministry before retiring, will sit on UNESCO’s Information For All Programme, while Mr Maimbo, a former director of the Zambia News and Information Service (ZANIS), will represent the country on UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC),” the statement reads in part.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary Godfrey Malama said the election of Ms Mwila and Mr Maimbo to the two important UNESCO organs is a source of pride and honour to the Zambian media fraternity and the country as a whole.
Mr Malama said it is also a sign of the confidence the international community has in Zambia’s media and governance system.
He said Government is confident that Mrs Mwila and Mr Maimbo will effectively represent the country on the high-profile assignment, given their long experience and expertise in the communication and information sector.
Mr Malama said the last decade has witnessed technological developments at a scale and speed unprecedented in the history of humankind.



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