Thabo Kawana, the Permanent Secretary for Information and Media, is currently on a visit to Southern Province to enlighten civil servants about the recently enacted Access to Information (ATI) law.
Mr. Kawana commenced his trip with a courtesy call on Southern Province Permanent Secretary Dr. Namani Moonze, where he raised concerns about the insufficient publicity of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) projects nationwide.
Expressing his worries, he encouraged local authorities throughout the country to collaborate with the media, particularly the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS), during their visits to monitor CDF projects.
He emphasized the importance of highlighting the successes achieved under the Fund to ensure public appreciation of government efforts.
According to Mr. Kawana, the government has made significant strides through CDF, and it is crucial to bring these accomplishments to the forefront for public acknowledgment.
In a related development, the Ministry of Information and Media Permanent Secretary announced that ZNBC Radio 1 will provide live commentaries for all 52 AFCON games in the seven official local languages: Bemba, Nyanja, Lozi, Tonga, Luvale, Lunda, and Kaonde.
Mr. Kawana assured the public that his office has instructed all pay TV service providers not to disconnect ZNBC on their platforms during the AFCON period.
Additionally, he urged citizens to tune in to ZNBC Radio 1 and TV1 to enjoy live matches in their local languages. To facilitate broader access, his office has requested service providers to reconnect ZNBC for those whose subscriptions have expired.
This initiative aligns with Mr. Kawana’s commitment to ensuring that important information, including government projects and sports events, is accessible to the public through various media channels.
The Southern Province tour emphasizes the significance of transparency and effective communication in fostering public engagement and awareness.