Post newspaers owner Fred Namakando Mmembe has instructed his reporters to lie that they were accosted and beaten by UPND cadres when covering UPND Katuba MP Jonas Shakafuswa’s questioning at central division police headquarters in Kabwe yesterday. Hewants some named cadres arrested.
Sources from the Post have told the Zambian Watchdog that Mmembe was looking forward to police implementing the evil ‘KAT JS operation’ a code name to intimidate and implicate Shakafuswa in unspecified criminal activities, detain him and find a way of nullifying the Katuba seat which he won convincingly on 25th February but police yesterday failed to arrest Shakafuswa and asked him to report next week Tuesday for further investigations.
Mmembe assigned special reporters from Lusaka, overlooking the area correspondent based in Kapiri Mposhi with specific task to negatively cover Shakafuswa but after that bid failed, Photo journalist Salim Daewood and reporter Kombe Mataka followed Shakafuswa’s team to a private residence. UPND officials told them that the meeting was purely private and no journalists invited but the duo attempted to use forcibly enter.
Mmembe later instructed them to go to central police station to report that named UPND youths beat them but police and true to this, today Post have carried a story with such allegations. Police took their reports and have entered in the occurrence book but will not do anything, another lose to Namakando!
“The meeting at the private residence was purely private and no journalist were invited, we just wanted to reflect on some issues locally and the reports of our president HH’s team being attacked in Eastern province. Journalists from other media houses obliged when we politely told them that they would not be allowed but those from the Post wanted to use force, what is so special about them? There was no UPND youth who wanted to beat them, in fact we are supposed to sue them for trespass, the Shakafuswa activity ended at police so what did they want at the residence?” complained UPND central province youth chairman Milner Mwanakampwe.