ZAMBIA Daily Mail managing director (MD) Anthony Mukwita’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect.
Mr Mukwita was deputy managing director from 2011 until his appointment as MD in September 2013 taking over from Isaac Chipampe who moved to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services.
Board vice-chairperson Tamara Kambikambi said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that the termination of Mr Mukwita’s contract was part of the re-organisation of the management team of the company by the Board.
Ms Kambikambi further said the decision to terminate Mr Mukwita’s contract was made to serve the best interests of Zambia Daily Mail.
She said it had become clear to the Board that the company needed a new direction, adding that the situation at the newspaper firm was no longer conducive for the advancement of the objectives of the company.
Ms Kambikambi said other measures to be instituted as part of the reorganisation at Zambia Daily Mail included the immediate addressing of operational weaknesses pointed out by external auditors.
She said that the Board was determined to ensure that the financial status of the company was strengthened while improving news gathering and coverage in an ethical and professional manner.
“As we move forward with the re-organisation of the management of Zambia Daily Mail, I wish on behalf of the Board and my own behalf to thank the managing director for his contribution to the values and objectives of the Zambia Daily Mail Limited during the time that he served the company and wish him the best in his future engagements,” she said.
The Board has since appointed the current Director of Finance, Bryson Mumba, to act as managing director until the substantive holder of the position is identified by the Board.