Chibamba Kanyama washes hands of digital migration deal

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Veteran Broadcaster, Economist and Former ZNBC Director General Chibamba Kanyama has distanced himself from the ZNBC digital migration deal.

Kanyama revealed that he was nowhere near the digital migration deal as at the time of the process he was not the Director General of ZNBC.

This revelation comes in a wake of a documentary currently in circulation produced by a German television channel, DW, which links him to a purported award of a multimillion digital migration contract to Star Times of China.

In a letter to DW TV, Kanyama complained of the misrepresentation in the documentary.

Kanyama, who is Bridges Limited managing consultant, stated that the DW documentary mentioned him as one of the facilitators in the purported award of contract to Star Times, having served as director general of Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.

“I refer to the above named documentary currently in circulation and having been produced by DW. In the documentary, I am mentioned as one of the facilitators in the purported award of contract to Star Times, having served as Director General of Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation,” Kanyama stated.

“You may wish to check the following facts: I served as director general of ZNBC for the period 7th March 2012 and June 30, 2014.”

He revealed that he joined the IMF in Washington DC on July 7, 2014 and that meant he served as a ZNBC director general under President Michael Sata, who died in October 2014.

“Mr Amos Malupenga, who is also mentioned as an accomplice, having served as permanent secretary at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, was in that position between 2011 and August 2013. These records can be checked,” Kanyama revealed.

“The purported award of contract to Start Times took place during or after one of your sources, Mr Chishimba Kambwili served as Minister of Information and Broadcasting (this is according to the clip). He served as information minister between 2015 – 2016. This is the period this award of contract he is referring to in the documentary is believed to have taken place.”

Kanyama wondered how he was being linked to the purported transaction when he had long left ZNBC and living in Washington DC at the time.

“We are seriously studying this matter as it is grossly injurious to my reputation and the general public is currently debating how I got involved if at all what you are alleging in the documentary is true. I need clarity on the matter. Regards,” stated Kanyama.

In November last year, ZNBC Director General Richard Mwanza said on the public broadcaster’s Sunday Interview programme, that the partnership between the public broadcaster and TopStar was the best for the country.

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