LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Zambia’s public broadcaster was on Wednesday forced to
start providing live coverage of the Under-20 Africa Cup
of Nations (AFCON) currently underway in the country
after public outcry.
the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC)
announced that it was unable to broadcast the games
because it owes the Confederation of African Football (CAF)
750,000 U.S. dollars for the 2015 Senior Africa Cup of
Nations tournament which it showed and has been told to
pay 400,000 British Pounds to broadcast the on-going
Ndhlovu, the broadcaster’s corporate affairs manager
said the corporation could not televise the games
because of the high fees involved and that it has not
been granted the broadcasting rights because of the
announcement unnerved soccer-crazy fans who took to
social media to denounce the public broadcaster and
asked the government to rescue it so that it could
televise the games.
broadcaster has since rescinded the decision and
announced that it will broadcast live the remaining
games after negotiating with the rights holders.
the broadcaster’s director of sales said the rights
holders have reconsidered an appeal from the broadcaster
and the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and allowed
the remainder of the games to be televised.
during a press briefing that televising the games will
give an opportunity to over 6 million viewers to follow
soccer fans took a swipe at the public broadcaster over
its failure to televise the games.
some of the comments on social media, the soccer fans
wondered why the public broadcaster could fail to show
the games when it collects television levy each month
from every Zambian who owns a television set and when
the country was hosting the event.
is shameful...hosting such a big tournament and the
national broadcaster fails to televise it,” Jollity
Mudenda said in a Facebook posting.
Siamatendu in his Facebook posting appealed to all
Zambians to boycott paying the television levy, saying
it was evident that the public broadcaster was after
robbing innocent citizens.
appealing to all Zambians to stop paying TV levy, this
is pure robbing the innocent Zambian people, how can
they fail to broadcast the AFCON,” he said.
however said they were not surprised by the public
broadcaster’s decision, saying it was known for
incompetence and poor management.
Hichilema, leader of the main opposition party, the
United Party for National Development said the failure
to televise the games was putting the country on the
international spotlight, a move that may force the
country not to be given rights to host future events.
failure is not only detrimental but also a day light
robbery on Zambians who have been paying tax in form of
TV levy every month. We demand on behalf of the country
that with immediate effect the government pays for the
live transmission of the games because citizens have
been compliant and if ZNBC does not televise the games
live, they must stop collecting TV levy as it is
tantamount to theft,” he said in a statement.
tournament started on Sunday, with Zambia beating Guinea
1-0 in the first Group A match while Egypt and Mali
settled for a draw, during games played at the National
Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, the country’s capital.
In Group B
matches which are being played at the Levy Mwanawasa
Stadium in Ndola city on the Copperbelt province,
Senegal and Sudan settled for a 1-1 draw while South
Africa beat Cameroon 3-1.
Zambia signs deal with
global mobile operators’ body to foster cyber security
Zambia (Xinhua) -- The Zambian government on Wednesday
signed a memorandum of understanding with the GSMA, a
trade body that represents the interests of mobile
operators, to foster cyber security and child online
protection in the southern African nation.
of the memorandum of understanding was key to the safe
use of Information and Communication Technology (ICTs)
as it has been noted that children as young as five
years were Internet users who require protection from
bad vices they may be exposed to while online.
ceremony took place on the sidelines of the ongoing GMSA
Mobile World Congress 2017 in Spain.
Transport and Communication Permanent Secretary Misheck
Lungu and director-general of the Zambia Information and
Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) Margaret
Chalwe-Mudenda signed on behalf of Zambia while GSMA
head of sub-Sahara Government and Regulatory Affairs
Ankinwale Goodluck signed on behalf of the organization,
according to a statement released by the Ministry of
Transport and Communication.
government is expected to launch a Child Online
Protection Strategy in the second quarter of this year.
will lead to the implementation of measures that will
ensure that service providers and equipment
manufacturers trading on the Zambia market provide
protection for child use of ICTs, the statement added.
the information and technology regulator said it had
almost finalized the development of an online platform
meant for reporting Internet-related child abuse.
president visits Israel over economic, diplomatic ties
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Zambian President Edgar Lungu is
paying a five-day official visit to Israel aimed at
cementing bilateral economic and diplomatic ties.
Lungu held talks with his Israel counterpart Reuven
Rivlin on Tuesday at the Presidential Residence in
Jerusalem, according to state broadcaster, the Zambia
National Broadcasting Corporation.
leader said his administration was looking forward to
working with Israel in many spheres.
He went on
to state that Zambia was looking forward to the amicable
solution over the security challenges in Israel and that
his government would dialogue with the warring parties
to find a win-win situation.
said, draws inspiration from Israel, hence the need to
ensure order in the Jewish nation as it also plays a key
role in the global economy.
On his part,
the Israel president extolled the warm relations that
have existed between the two countries, adding that
Israel had a warm feeling towards Zambians as the
country was among the first in Africa to receive Jews
when they were hunted down during the Second World War.
Lungu is in
Israel to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties after
the southern African nation established its first-ever
embassy in that country two years ago.
Israel, Lungu will officiate at a business forum
organized by the business community of the two