Mongu Diocese Bishop Evans Chinyemba, OMI has observed that the Public Media has become an enemy of information in the course of the current political campaigns.
Bishop Chinyemba has said that the Public Media’s behaviour seems to have left the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) powerless knowing that the hand of government is in both institutions. Writing in the Mongu Diocese Newsletter -Drum Beat for the month of August, 2016, Bishop Chinyemba,OMI said that the behaviour of the Public Media has led to the birth of some online media that have become mouth pieces for the opposition political parties. This development he said has resulted into giving incorrect news and often painting the government in a dark brush. “For a lack of a better term, the Public Media has become an ‘enemy of information’ in the course of these campaigns. The way the Public Media has behaved seems to have left the Electoral Commission of Zambia powerless knowing that the hand of government is in both institutions. The behaviour of the Public Media has given birth to some online media that have become mouth pieces for the opposition political parties at times not also giving correct news and often painting the government in a dark brush,” He said. The Mongu Diocese prelate has since observed that with all such election media challenges, the Electoral Commission of Zambia should after this year’s elections revise its Electoral Code of Conduct in as far as it relates to the media. Bishop Chinyemba,OMI has since sought the intercession of St. Clare’s, who is a patron saint for telegraphs, telephones, television, and television writers whose memorial day falls on 11th August. And Bishop Chinyemba, OMI has observed that as the country goes to the polls, voters must be aware of the people who have died and injured as a result of political violence Zambia has experienced this year. Bishop Chinyemba, OMI has since called on all Zambians to arm themselves with NRC (National Registration Cards) and Voters’ cards through the ballot box and not violence. “The call for all Zambians is to arm yourselves not with a party panga, but with your NRC and voter’s Card. Vote as if this was your last vote; and you wish to leave a good future for the generations that are coming after you. Vote by looking to the future and not to the past. Your vote and not violence is what will be count at the end of the day,” He noted. “ Even when you have been disappointed before by the many systems we have had in the country, vote. As you line up to vote, remember the millions of Zambians who are not able to vote because they are under-age. If you put your selfishness before the future of those not yet able to vote, you shall be held responsible,” He added.