United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has threatened to alert the international community on how the PF Government is mistreating opposition political party leaders.
Mr. Hichilema says he is shocked by the Zambia Police’s failure to arrest suspected Patriotic Front cadres that attacked him at the funeral of the late Princes Nakatindi Wina.
He says the police have failed to take any action because they know that instructions to have him attacked could have come from the high office.
Meanwhile Mr Hichilema says the recent retirement of some journalists at the Times of Zambia in national interest is an affront on media freedom and democracy in the country.
Mr. Hichilema has accused the Patriotic Front government of engineering the early retirement of the journalists at the Times of Zambia.
He says the retirement of the five journalists at the Times of Zambia is a demonstration that the current government has no respect for media freedom.
He says in a country like Zambia, the media should be allowed to operate freely without fear of retribution.
Mr. Hichilema has since demanded the reinstatement of the retired journalists adding that they are too young to be retired.
See press release below:
For Immediate Release
16th April, 2012
Re-instate Retired journalist at Times Of Zambia
The removal of 6 journalists through a dubious scheme of retirement is an assault against media freedom. The issue of retiring personnel who are in their 30’s cannot be justified.
In a democratic Country like ours, we expect that Journalist should be free to discharge their duties without fear of retribution or victimisation by those in government.
We are therefore demanding that all the 6 journalists who are victims of a dubious retirement scheme by the PF government be re-instated with immediate effect.