Government says that the access to information bill will not be tabled before parliament in its current form.

The access to information bill will not be tabled before parliament in its current form.
Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba says that this is because the bill in its current form would be in conflict with existing legislation in the country.
Mr. Mwamba has disclosed the development during a press briefing held in Lusaka this morning.

And Mr. Mwamba says that government has cancelled the tender on digital migration, for the Supply, Delivery and Commissioning of the National Digital Terresterial Television Broadcasting System in Zambia.
Mr. Mwamba says that the cancellation of the tender, which was advertised last year in September, is in line with the advice from ZPPA, the Zambia Public Procurement Authority following appeals by two of the unsuccessful bidders.

He says that in moving forward, Government, as guided by ZPPA, will now consider splitting the tender into lots.

Mr. Mwamba says that the unbundling of the tender into lots will enable the country meet the June 2015 deadline set by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for countries world-over to migrate from analogue to digital television broadcasting despite the delays incurred so far in the implementation process.

He also says that that the Ministry will ensure that the Policy on Digital Migration is quickly approved by Cabinet to guide in the implementation of the digital migration process.

Meanwhile Mr. Mwamba has announced that Zambia Daily Mail Managing Director Isaac Chipampe has been moved to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Headquarters as Director for Department of Press and Media Development.

With the movement of Mr Chipampe to the Ministry, Mr Anthony Mukwita – the Deputy Managing Director, will act as Managing Director at the Zambia Daily Mail with immediate effect.

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