By Kwacha News Reporter
Veteran musician and events manager, Brian Shakarongo, says it is unfair for people to condemn the Lusaka Hustle show because it is not only meant for Zambia but for different viewers across Africa.
Shakarongo said Zambezi Magic reaches out to a number of countries some of which have no problem with the show
He said Zambians have a choice to either watch Lusaka Hustle or tune in to other channels. He says as Zambians, there are so many channels on DStv that we don’t watch and are still running despite us not having interest.
“In my view, MultiChoice offers a wide range of content. One show in Zambia must not affect subscribers in other countries. There are so many channels and I for one would rather not watch what I don’t like than condemn it,” said Shakarongo who also stated that he was not in any way supporting the show but simply being considerate.
Lusaka Hustle’, a reality show on DSTV’s Zambezi Magic Channel 160, which features the lifestyles of three local celebrities namely Clementina Mulenga, aka Cleo, Mukuni Mulundika famously known as Kuni and Thandiwe Zulu.
Since its launch last month, the show has attracted public criticism with most people claiming it is promoting norms contrary to the Zambian culture. This called for the government through the Minister of Religious Affairs and National Guidance Godfridah Sumaili to suggest that the program be stopped as it may encourage moral decay.
The Idependent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) also echoed the Minister’s call and wrote to MultiChoice to stop the programme.
Meanwhile MultiChoice says they will engage stakeholders to decide the way forward for the programme.
“ The show has been prejudged on social media without an informed assessment of the content or a clear indication of which aspects of the show are unlawful. The cast and crew have been deeply distressed by the misleading representation of the content,” read a statement from Zambezi Magic.
“Zambezi Magic is respectful of Zambian values and culture. We are working with MultiChoice Zambia to resolve this matter in a constructive way and will join key stakeholders for a viewing session of upcoming episodes.”