INFORMATION and Media Minister Chushi Kasanda has unveiled the new board members of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC).

In a statement, Friday, Kasanda said the appointment of the new IBA board members was pursuant to the powers vested in her under the IBA Act No. 17 of 2002, as amended by Act No. 26 of 2010.

“I wish to announce to you, and through you, to the nation at large, the Boards of the Independent Broadcasting Authority, IBA and the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC). Independent broadcasting authority (IBA); Pursuant to the powers vested in me under the IBA Act No. 17 of 2002, as amended by Act No. 26 of 2010, it is now my pleasure and privilege to announce the members of the IBA Board as follows: Mr. Chikosola P. Chuula, Mrs. Victoria Sombo Mupwaya, Mr. Oliver Kanene, Mrs. Elizabeth Mweene Chanda, Mr. Mumbuna M. Kufekisa, Bishop Benson Banda, Professor Jameson Mbale, Mrs. Susan Z. Ndumingu, Mr. Makasa Lazarous Luonde,” she announced.

Kasanda also unveiled the new ZNBC board members.

“Pursuant to the provisions of section 4(2) of the ZNBC Act, Chapter 154 of the Laws of Zambia, I announce the members of the ZNBC Board as follows: Mr. Mato Shimabale, Ms. Mazuba B. Monze, Mr. Sunders Dante, Mr. Nchimunya Hachandi, Mrs. Bernadette Chilufya Mwaba Phiri, Mr. Leonard Kantumoya, Ms. Ophelia Nyambe, Bishop Joseph Kazhila , Mrs. Nalituba C. Mwale ,” she revealed.

Kasanda said she was confident that the new board members had the competence and experience to grow the two institutions to vibrant institutions in the broadcasting industry.

“Government is confident that these teams have the competence, expertise and experience to grow both IBA and ZNBC to vibrant institutions in the broadcasting industry. The two Boards come into office against a backdrop of high expectations from both the Government and the people of Zambia on the need for the media to exercise high ethical and professional standards in its role of informing, educating and entertaining the public,” said Kasanda.

“The Boards have a mammoth task of laying a firm foundation upon which the IBA and ZNBC should grow. I therefore, urge, the Board Members, to familiarize themselves with their mandate as provided in the law in taking these institutions to high levels of excellence. Congratulations and we wish the Boards all the best.”