Former vice president Khumbo Kachali took a swipe at Minister of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Nicholous Dausi, saying that Patricia Kaliati performed better than him when she was government spokesperson.
Kachali, who is also member of Parliament (MP) Mzimba south west constituency, said in Parliament that telephone network services have steadily gone poorer on Dausi’s watch.
“I am brining this Mr Speaker Sir, to say that the former minister [Kaliati] is still being remembered,” said Kachali.
Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya interjected saying Kachali’s remarks were “serious reflection” on Dausi.
Kachali went on to criticise Dausi; saying people in Mzimba South West have “no kind words” for Dausi.
He expressed the hope that Dausi will “improve.”
Dausi said he welcomed the criticism and pledged to improve; saying government is committed to attract more players into the telecommunications sector.
“It is the wish of government that more players should enter the market, but as you know, this is a liberalised economy, and therefore we cannot drag the players into the industry. We can only create a conducive environment and provide incentives to attract them to come,” he said.
Dausi said a number of legislation has been put in place to promote the sector, including infrastructure sharing, interconnection, quality service,and numbering, licencing,broadcasting, tarrifs, and consumer protection, among others.
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