Zambia cancels migration tender

By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia

The Zambian government has cancelled the tender for digital migration project following allegations of irregularity in the manner the tender process was being handled.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Service Emmanuel Mwamba announced at a media briefing yesterday that the tender had been cancelled. But the country is already behind schedule to beat the 2015 migration deadline and cancelling the tender means moving further backwards.

Mwamba said, however, that to try and catch up with the deadline, “the Zambian government has decided to unbundle the tender into four lots with each lot having its own tender and contractor.”

The project includes among other things the establishment of provincial television stations, the supply, installation and commissioning of the digital terrestrial broadcasting system.

The Zambian government has yet not even come up with the digital migration policy. A few months ago, private broadcasting stations rejected the migration policy that was drafted by the government claiming the policy served only the interest of the government because they were not consulted when the policy was drafted.

Thereafter, the Zambian government said it would involve the stations in drafting the new policy.

Later, the Zambian government complained that it was not getting the input it expected from the private broadcasting stations to come up with the new draft digital migration policy.

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