Times of Zambia journalists go 2 months without salaries

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Journalists and staff at the State-owned and Patriotic Front controlled Times of Zambia have gone two months without receiving their salaries, sources at the Ministry of Information and the institution have disclosed.

By Thursday morning, employees at the Times of Zambia were still frantically checking their accounts in the hope of getting their February dues while their March compensation is nowhere in the picture.

The sources disclosed that the situation at the Times of Zambia was very critical such that individual journalists had been reduced to paupers from well-wishers in the the Patriotic Front government.

“Things are terrible here and this has been going on for over one year. The whole of last year, salaries were delayed. This time its even worse. It’s now two months.

Times-of-Zambia“We have ever experienced this kind of treatment. Some of our colleague in the newsroom are depending on ministers to survive. They told us that salaries should be ready this week but there has been nothing up to now” the source said.

A Ministry of Information source said permanent secretary Amos Malupenga is sweating over the crisis at the Times of Zambia.

“It seems the PS doesn’t know what to do now. He has run out of ideas and is now running away from Times of Zambia officials. He only calls them when there is something from government to be published and given prominence,” the source added.

The employees said Times of Zambia staff no longer receive their mid month salaries like in the past.

“Even mid month which was like a cushion was scrapped. They have told us the company can’t afford to pay twice a month but we are wondering how this was done in the past,” the source said.

There are indications that government could give in and privatise the Times of Zambia but PF in-fighting which has seen defence minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba as one of the potential buyers of the institution.

Zambia Reports

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50 Responses to Times of Zambia journalists go 2 months without salaries

  1. No sympathy for these propaganda fools…it will teach them to be fair and report the truth!

    Rio - April 6, 2013
    08:50

  2. most of u pipo who have written comments about how its okay to go without a salary are not human and not being realistic. some of us just work there and there are big fishes who know the truth behind this. we have families and these families depend on us. if anything you should sympathise with us not saying u will eat shit. am sure everyone does what they are told by their boss in fear of losing their job. poverty levels are too high and we should advise govt on how to sort out the mess created by prevoius management and mmd.

    wisewoman - April 6, 2013
    00:18

    • By telling lies keep on eating what is put before your faces and in your mouths.

      Semaki - April 6, 2013
      22:20

  3. Please let me know if you

    basket isabelle marant - April 5, 2013
    14:10

  4. margret you sound like a man, i mean the way you talk, i think you are a man in a dress

    chri ben - April 5, 2013
    13:34

  5. Countrymen and women ideally, the Times of Zambia is supposed to be a public entity meaning that whoever pays tax has a stake in the institution. We have all seen the institution degenerate in terms of quality in the last one year ans so months, especially after the arbitrary change of management after the PF took over power. Honestly speaking the problems at the Times of Zambia are historical, even in the the times of Emmanuel Nyirenda, Arnold Kapelembi and John Phiri. The problem that is there is more of a management problem. The combination of Godfrey Malama and Chishimba Chishimba as acting deputy Managing Director is one that cannot produce results. Just look at the typo efrrors in the publication these days, the poorly put together stories, just the rawness of the reporters just to mention a few of the problems. While appreciating that the PF is in charge and Amos Malupenga is PS in charge, the issue of just placing cadres because they are reporters in big management positions without any proven track records is not doing the institution any good. Mr Malama is a shadow of his former self, for reasons best known to himself, he seemscnotvtovput in his very best. Dear PS Malupenga, this is the time to stop politicking, swallow your pride and place the right people in those positions, evenvthosevyou unceremoniously threw out in the afterglow of your victory, or else readership confidence will continue to erode and you will be placing so many innocent workers in unnecessary danger. The situation is much the same at the Zambia Daily Mail, imagine a situation where management is now borrowing newsprint from the Post Newspapers, shameful, very shameful.

    Bantu - April 5, 2013
    10:32

    • If what you say is true, then Malama, Malupenga, Sakeni and the cadre-board need to be fired! WHAT A USELESS LOT…

      GORE RA RE KUSIGIRA E MASIMBA A VANHU - April 5, 2013
      15:26

    • Also let Times of Zambia do the following:
      1. Collect all the moneys owed to them by the Govt (which is in millions (re-based);
      2. Start disseminating impartial news.
      3. STOP – just praising politicians from the ruling party.
      This way the firm will re-gain its dignity and hence boost the revenue.

      John Cena - April 5, 2013
      23:44

  6. It serves these useless good for nothing pf biased reporters well .who cares anyway? they can starve to hell if they want.

    Bingo - April 5, 2013
    10:12

  7. Why do us resident on the copper belt pay k 3 same amount with Lusaka residents and yet on the copper belt we only watch znbc 1 but Lusaka resident have TV 2

    REBASED ZULU - April 5, 2013
    09:46

  8. TELL AILLING SAKENI TO BORROW FROM EUROBOND

    COME2016 - April 5, 2013
    09:08

  9. Even the name of the newspaper, is adding to the non payments of their monthly dues.
    At TIMES they get paid and some other TIMES they DON’T get paid.
    Thats CNP regime for you.

    Kay Love - April 5, 2013
    08:57

  10. That chap is a typical Bemba! He seems to be enjoying the foolish news from the rubbish Times of PF Zambia.Just look at his forehead! Typical Bemba from CNP!

    Yassongole - April 5, 2013
    08:52

  11. Good for them, they think zambians are dull, pipo have seen through the PF propaganda, MMD used the same tactic and it did not work. Daily mail is lucky coz of its sports pages, next casualty will be the POST. ZNBC is another sham, I wish I had a way of not contributing my TV levy to this useless and boring channel, its a pain and torture to listen to their news, even children are not interested.

    Maambamba Musaama - April 5, 2013
    08:36

  12. THEY WORK FOR CNP, CONTROLLED BY CNP, PAID BY CNP, LET THEM BE EATING CNP

    Nshamonako - April 5, 2013
    08:34

  13. The Post has replaced times of Zambia.

    political puppies - April 5, 2013
    08:25

    • Even the Post don’t pay on time, workers have not yet received their March salaries!! Managing Editor Bivan Saluseki is on government payroll so he doesnt give it a damn!

      shimwitwa - April 5, 2013
      09:40

  14. Those who berg will have nothing but always have needs to berg for. The Times News paper is not even fit for the toilet. Let them keep on beging may be they start writing news for us to buy the paper.

    kelly - April 5, 2013
    08:16

  15. Unfortunately the majority of PF cadres are illiterate so can`t provide the market for Times of Zambia publications.

    Blago - April 5, 2013
    08:07

  16. TIMES problems start in MMD. They lost all their libel cases and paid plenty out-of court settlements. With the C.E.O being a political appointee, what can any one rational expect?

    Chimbwii - April 5, 2013
    07:44

  17. Something is not right government can have money to send idiotic sakeni for medical treatment but it cannot pay these propaganda journalist wages shame.

    dumbo - April 5, 2013
    07:39

  18. Thats tax payer’s money saved, they cant be paid for publishing trash, even their hero cnp knows they are worthless and publish trash

    Suggestor - April 5, 2013
    06:35

  19. the government should pay them. If it can pay salaries for TAZARA wokers regardless their nationaly.

    jon - April 5, 2013
    06:19

  20. But why should one waste money buying this Times of PF, Daily PF, and PF Post when I can get all the info for free from ZWD? What the ZWD misses, I get it from fellow bloggers and Daily Nation. Let them eat their shit news!

    Margret - April 5, 2013
    06:03

    • Eehh support Daily Nation and ZWD by advertising, buying and blogging we kick out these bastards, let us set a precedence in democracy. but point of correction, when you visit the ZWD web, you pay for internet, you dont do it for free, otherwise wou are progressive and please keep the flame burning!!

      shimwitwa - April 5, 2013
      09:31

  21. I stopped buying or advertising in that paper a long time ago. I may just be one person, but they are not getting my money, that’s enough for me. Folks support the ‘Daily nation’. Buy it , read and advertise in it. That paper is the only way out.

    BOOT CAMP - April 5, 2013
    05:29

    • I also stopped buying the “past”, Daily Email and Times of PF, that makes the two of us!!!

      Tombisto - April 5, 2013
      07:26

  22. good to that they have not been paid. maybe they will wake up and not support every pf misdeed while sidelinning the opposition.

    Livingstone Mukonje - April 5, 2013
    04:57

  23. You reap what you sow! Times change!

    Political Defender - April 5, 2013
    04:21

  24. God is punishing them for their stupidity.

    Zed Patriot - April 5, 2013
    03:54

  25. They write trash, let them experience what they are perpetuating.

    Kay - April 5, 2013
    02:12

  26. No wonder the screaming headlines to catch the fools eye masquerading as president of zambia. Mwanya!

    mwanawina - April 4, 2013
    23:47

  27. Your chaps also want an airline look at this!kikikiki

    Moses - April 4, 2013
    22:42

  28. that’s the reason why their article have been grammatically been very poor lately!

    Moses - April 4, 2013
    22:41

  29. People Should I Just Change The Country & Go Somewere. Is This More Money Or More Suffering. Awe Mwandi

    Pausi - April 4, 2013
    22:30

  30. Munkombwe has already revealed how the system works,them they go into Government to eat then you journalists you go into Government to make sure that Propaganda is done. Don’t cry fail you deserve or wait for Ukwa may be he will leave a change.

    Joe Johnson - April 4, 2013
    21:15

  31. What are they eating?

    Lebron James - April 4, 2013
    20:54

  32. hhahahahahaha..kekekekekekeke..but the chaps @Times of Pf-Zambia are so dull..why keep on obeying a master who doesn’t pay you..?If I were them..I would be selling infor to the opposition..kakakakakaka

    Ngilingindo - April 4, 2013
    20:28

  33. Donchi kubeba wilalilalila aash! Keep quiet things are as you report! Publish it if you are refuting the story! Woooooow

    Epilogue - April 4, 2013
    19:43

  34. And some Tonga chap poses with a copy of the Times of Zambia!

    Dwinzy - April 4, 2013
    19:38

    • Ha ha ha. That one is either Lozi or Bemba. Tongas are much more handsome:)

      Mwanarob - April 4, 2013
      21:00

      • Lozis are tall and handsome.

        Kgalema - April 5, 2013
        06:35

    • That is Bemba from Chitulika village, I know him I once lived there and he is not even reading but watching pictures, check the way he holds the paper…… how can you read like that?

      shimwitwa - April 5, 2013
      09:42

  35. It’s OKAY!
    These chaps are just chewing money by giving us propaganda every day!

    Mubanga - April 4, 2013
    19:32

  36. NO SYMPATHY FOR THESE GUYS AS THEY WRITE AND SUPPORT THEIR MASTERS BAKULALYA CNP

    mwanya amafi ba pathetic fools - April 4, 2013
    19:08

  37. Let these fools suffer. They voted for leaders like GBM,Kamibya and other fools like the big one himself Ukwa. Mwaichenjesha ba swine.

    Mouth Diarrhoea - April 4, 2013
    19:03

  38. Going by the rubbish they write, they deserve this. Donchi kubeba!

    Nongo boy - April 4, 2013
    18:53

  39. They should have savings. Learn to save.

    chilombo - April 4, 2013
    18:46

    • ULI CHIPUBA SANA

      JUDGE CHIKOPA - April 5, 2013
      08:21

      • This is free advice. No need for insults.

        Homestead Musambachime - April 5, 2013
        09:01