PF controlled Zambia police have continued holding former Kariba FM station manager Paul Siambala for trumped up charges of terrorism. Siambala who appeared in a Kalomo Magistrates court today together with a UPND cadre Amoni Mweembe stands charged with one count of terrorism and has been denied bail.
Siambala is yet to appear on Wednesday for hearing of his bail application after the state today denied him bail arguing that the offence he faces is of capital punishment by nature and is non bailable. But information reaching the Watchdog indicates that the main reason Siambala is being punished for a trumped up charge is because of his alleged links with the opposition United Party for National Development – UPND where the PF claim he is in the media committee.
He was abducted in Chaoma and has been in detention for close to two months, has been transferred from one prison to another. It is alleged that the duo, whilst acting together with other unknown people did conspire to carry acts of terrorism on public installations and structures which included the Kalomo and Kafue bridges.
Last week the police tortured Siamabla who they kept detained at Lilayi police training school cells without food and water for two days. He is currently detained at Kalomo state prison as he awaits his bail application. The charge which Siambala faces carries up to life imprisonment with hard labour if found guilty.
And journalists in the country have called upon the Media Institute for Southern Africa – MISA Zambia to step into the matter and help defend Siambala but the compromised MISA board headed by PF cadre and Daily Nation under cover journalist Hellen Mwale has refused to help the incarcerated member because of the unfounded allegations of him having links with the UPND.
Siambala’s past stints include at the national broadcaster, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation – ZNBC, SABC Correspondent and Sky FM before he set up his consultancy firm where he trains journalist and provides professional services to already established media houses.