MISA Zambia chairman Nalumino Nalumino was on Saturday night abducted by unknown men who kept him hostage until early hours of Sunday, two days after Justice minister Wynter Kabimba refused to receive the submissions to the Access to Information Bill and a day before CSOs led by MISA presented their resolutions on the same bill to information minister Mwansa Kapeya.
Sources from MISA Zambia have told the Zambian watchdog that Nalumino was abducted in Lusaka’s Rhodespark area, a few days after presenting a talk to media studies students at Rusangu university in Monze. They said their leader is in a state of shock and even missed the presentation of the resolutions at the ministry of information and broadcasting headquarters.
In September, Nalumino defeated a named PF sponsored candidate in the election for chairmanship for the next three years during the MISA Zambia AGM at Pamodzi hotel in Lusaka. The motive behind his abduction is not known but the increased persecution of journalists perceived to be critic to the government under the PF government sends a signal that the abductors could be state agents.
Efforts to get in touch with Nalumino failed as his phones were all unreachable and his whereabouts are not known, he has not reported at radio Maranatha where he is the station manager.
Freelance Journalists Chanda Chimba, Thomas Zgambo and Wilson Pondamali and Journalism lecturer Clayson Hamasaka are all appearing in different courts facing various tramped up charges while President Michael Sata recently dismissed information Permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba for granting nationwide coverage licences to privately owned radio staions, Phoenix and QFM. The licences have since been withdrawn.