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16th of October 2018

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Zambia : Government continues to refute claims of selling public institutions to China

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Chief Government Spokesperson, Dora Siliya has refuted allegations that Government is in secret talks with the Chinese government over giving away some public institutions.

Ms. Siliya says ZNBC is 100 percent owned by Zambians and that it has partnerships as a corporate body.

She has explained that ZNBC also has a special purpose vehicle with Star Times to facilitate digital migration and that it has 40 percent partnership with StarTimes.

Ms. Siliya has attributed the reports circulating as a malicious campaign against Government and the people of Zambia.

The Minister was speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka today.

And Minister of Energy, Matthew Nkhuwa has described as rumours stories purporting that Government plans to sell ZESCO.

Mr. Nkhuwa said such reports are meant to tarnish the image of Government.

He said Government has at no time been involved in talks with any Chinese Company on the sale of ZESCO and that Government will not allow such a situation to occur.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Communications and Transport Permanent Secretary, Misheck Lungu has also refuted assertions that Government plans to give away or lease the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport – KKIA.

Mr. Lungu said several airlines have expressed interest to launch direct flights to Zambia as the Country has portrayed a positive image of transforming itself into a transport and communications hub.



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