Multichoice Zambia Managing Director Simon Bota has fired back at Chishimba Kambwili’s remarks that the company is not forcing anyone to buy or pay for DSTV Rates.
Hon. Kambwili told journalists that he is giving Multichoice Zambia an ultimatum to reduce charges or meet him in his office.
Multichoice Zambia says they would rather shut down in Zambia and do business in other countries because of the current economy instability in Zambia, which is bad for business. Mr.Bota says DSTV has a competitor, which is MUVI TV, PRIME TELEVISION and that if customers feel the fees are high for DSTV they can be paying Muvi Tv or Prime TV.
The response from Multichoice Zambia is a typical behaviour of a company that enjoys monopoly on the market. They are big headed, thinking they are the only ones with the product, which has become a lifeline of entertainment in the citizenry.
In spite of the liberalised economy we are living in, Government needs to find ways and means to protect the citizens. One way of doing this is to encourage competition and local ownership of companies.
Government gives undue advantage to companies like DSTV and mobile service providers by allowing them to control such a large market share because there are few companies offering their products.
Is it that, entertainment products like the ones DSTV is offering can only be provided by this one company? What would it take to have ZNBC offer such products in packages so that those that can afford can buy extra products other than the traditional K3? Can’t some Zambians, with the help of the Government, come up with similar products?
Hon. Kambwili should take this further and not allow any company to hold Zambians at ransom.