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State probes Radio Phoenix, UPND ties

GOVERNMENT has instituted investigations to establish whether the United Party for National Development (UPND) has a hand in the running of Radio Phoenix.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili said at a media briefing yesterday that Government is concerned with the radio station’s bias towards the opposition political party.
“No political party should have a hand in the running of a radio station. As Government, we have noted that Radio Phoenix is pro-opposition and anti-Government,” Mr Kambwili said.
The minister said if investigations establish that the UPND is influencing Radio Phoenix’s broadcasts, Government will revoke its licence.
“When Errol Hickey was running Radio Phoenix, it was professional and impartial but now it is no longer the case. You are ever promoting the UPND in all programming,” Mr Kambwili charged.
And Mr Kambwili said he had no hand in the firing of Radio Phoenix programme presenter Christine Ngwisha but rather she was allegedly fired by the radio station for hosting him (Mr Kambwili) on `Let the People Talk’ programme.
“For your information, ZNBC will employ Christine. So you have not achieved anything by firing her,” he said.
Mr Kambwili also took time to counsel Post Newspapers reporters against being used by their editor.
“People, including ambassadors, are complaining about The Post. You guys are young and still have a future. So be careful. Don’t be a star now because in the future you will need help,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Kambwili has said that deputy ministers, who for the first time attended a Cabinet meeting on Monday, are observers and are not participants.
“The deputy ministers are not participating in the deliberations of Cabinet. They are there to understand how we arrive at certain decisions,” he said.
Mr Kambwili further allayed allegations that Cabinet ministers receive allowances for attending Cabinet meetings.

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