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Media Bias in Zambia and the Successful Inaugural NAREP Convention Held at Chalo Trust School from 17th to 18th February 2011

Posted Feb 17, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the National Restoration Party first press briefing by the new democratically elected National Executive Committee after our inaugural convention since NAREP was born on the 2nd of March 2010.

Ladies and gentlemen, media have tremendous power in setting cultural guidelines and in shaping political discourse in a nation. It is essential that news media, along with other institutions, are challenged to be fair and accurate.

The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this 2011 election period in Zambia is not just bewildering, but appalling.

The media in Zambia is covering the 2011 election period with a serious bias and that could lead to its downfall.

Currently, the way the media in Zambia is reporting (both private and public) leaves much to be desired. Zambia’s democracy is too young to be blocked to grow by unprofessional media reporting and biasness.

As the National Restoration Party (NAREP), we would like to express our outmost disappointment in the manner ZNBC reported our successful inaugural party convention that was held at Chalo Trust School from the 17th to the 18th February 2011. ZNBC on19th February 2010 a day after NAREP held its successful convention reported that the NAREP leader Mr. Cosmo Mumba’s party has failed to hold a convention because the party is looking for K150 Million Kwacha. After deliberately confusing the public, they later apologized that they made a mistake in that; they mistook us for National Revolution Party.

Ladies and gentlemen, in all honesty, for how long will ZNBC continue to make mistakes when reporting on NAREP?

As the National Restoration Party, we would like to inform the public and ZNBC that the National Restoration Party is the only political party in Zambia as the country prepares itself for general elections that have held a successful party convention without intimidation, without beer, without hooliganism, insults, or violence and was able to conduct peaceful free and fair elections.

We know that some people are panicking because they have seen how serious we are and how desperately Zambians are yearning for new leadership. As NAREP, we are on a mission to improve human conditions in Zambia and no matter how much the editorial teams of the government media negatively report on us, we want to assure them that they will not change the people’s minds. Zambian people have declared that enough is enough with the MMD government.

Times of Zambia reported on Saturday February 19th 2011 on the second page with a headline NAREP endorses Chipimo Jr and that at the same convention; Joseph Phiri was elected National Secretary.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am John Phiri the new National Secretary of the National Restoration Party. ZNBC has always reported me as John Phiri from the time I left Global Justice Zambia until the time I joined NAREP. Seriously, how can i all of a sudden become Joseph Phiri? What is also shocking is that only the government media is always deliberately distorting information when it comes to reporting about NAREP.

As NAREP, we would like to appeal to the media in Zambia. It’s not too late. Let’s build a New Zambia on principles of fair reporting. Your current reporting ethics are too biased for the growth of our democracy. Over 80% of Zambians wallowing in abject poverty desperately need you the media to open their eyes with nothing but the truth and justice. Let’s build excellence in media reporting. This must begin with professional and fair reporting.

At this point in time allow me to give you a summary report of our successful inaugural party convention and introduce to you the new National Restoration Party democratically elected National Executive Committee members.

There where eleven positions available for the National Executive Committee National Executive Committee. Of the eleven positions, the following where unopposed;

  1. President
  2. National Chairperson
  3. Education Secretary
  4. Lands and Natural resources secretary
  5. Legal and constitutional secretary
  6. Infrastructure secretary

Contested positions were as follows;

  1. Mineral resources secretary contested by 3
  2. Devolution and Development secretary contested by 4
  3. National Treasurer contested by 2
  4. Health and human services contested by 2
  5. National Secretary contested by 5

The following is the new democratically elected National Executive Committee of the National Restoration Party.

Republican Presidential candidate: Mr. Elias Chipimo Jr

National Chairman: Mr. Joseph Mushalika

National Secretary: Mr. John Phiri

National Treasure: Mr. William Kazoka

Legal and constitutional secretary: Mr. Francis Musonda

Secretary for Health: Ms. Konnie Sanderson

Land and natural resources secretary: Mr. Stanley Nsaishi

Infrastructure and Technological development: Pastor Geofrey Zikanika

Mineral resources secretary: Edith Zimba

Secretary for Education: Mr. Simataa Simataa

Devolution and Community Development secretary: Betty Muluwe

Thank you and God Bless!

John Phiri

National Secretary