‘Mataka used media funds on The Zambian’

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE and DELPHINE ZULU  –

FORMER Zambia Daily Mail deputy managing director Davis Mataka was given money from the Public Media Support Fund for the purchase of office equipment and allowances for officers tasked to publish the Zambian Newspaper, a witness has told the court.

Evans Milimo, who is former Zambia Daily Mail managing director told the magistrate’s court that former Information Permanent Secretary Sam Phiri sought services from the Zambia Daily Mail for the printing of a supplement newspaper,  The Zambian.

This is in a matter in which Phiri, 56, Mataka, 44, and consultant Ngande Mwanajiti 52 are charged with diverting KR195, 000 from the Ministry of Information.

Mr Milimo 49, now a farmer, said he was surprised to discover that the supplement talked about by Phiri was in fact a stand alone newspaper and more than K195 million was paid to the Zambia Daily Mail for services rendered to the ministry.