By Emmanuel Mwamba
WHO IS DR. JOHN MULWILA SC
I have heard a lot of condemnation and shallow attacks coming from Chanda (purported Permanent Secretary of Information and Broadcasting) and his brother Anthony Kasolo (Deputy PF Secretary General) from their various portfolios attacking a distinguished and honourable man.
First of all (and I am aware that LAZ is pursuing this matter), it must be stated that Kasolo’s transfer from Luapula is illegal and flies in the face of the law. Probably the country will later have to deal with the consequences of the actions he is purporting to be carrying out.
A smear has been raised against Dr. John Mulwila, this brave son of the soil by people that are no even fit to clean his shoes or tie his shoe laces.
Chief among the allegation is that Dr. Mulwila is UPND.
Offcourse such a dastard attack requires to be repudiated, but I know Dr. Mulwila would not in a million years, bother to even respond to such an attack from such a cabal.
Yes, Dr. John Mulwila was the Vice-President of UPND, and was Deputy to Anderson Mazoka (1998-2001). At this stage, it was fashionable for one to be MMD, especially those from Northern province and Kasama, but Dr. Mulwila took a strong principled political stand.
During this period, Guy Scott was co-leader with Ben Kapita in Lima Party (1996-2002)
President Michael Sata was Minister without Portfolio and was National Secretary of the MMD (1996-2001).
PF was not born yet.
Sylvia Masebo was an MMD councillor
It would be foolish to speculate where others were,
Yes it is true that, Dr. Mulwila was UPND, just as Scott belonged to the Lima Party. So yes you can state the facts, but please put them in proper historical context.
Dr. Mulwila ( and his law firm Ituna Chambers) has over the decades shown that he is not driven by opportunism, money or short term political expedience or excitement and cannot be cowed into fear by cheap political attacks.
It must be put on record that to become ZNBC Board Chair, I am aware that Dr. Mulwila’s name was proposed by President Michael Sata.
It has now become acceptable to ignore, abandon, or reject President Sata’s wishes, vision or aspirations, but for goodness sake, people like Dr. Mulwila were appointed for a season such as this, when Guardians of the truth would be few, or cowed into fearful submission.
Evil only prevails because good people do nothing, and because those that ought to act fail to do so and those that have been directed by their superiors engage in illegal and wrong things fearing that if they didn’t do so, they would lose their jobs.
And for the record, the fresh but illegal directives (published below) from Chanda Kasolo must be rejected with the contempt they deserve or flatly ignored.
The transition is for only two months, why demonstrate this excitement. why make decision that can haunt you and your entire life?
PUBLIC MEDIA SHOULD SEEK GUIDANCE FROM ME- KASOLO
PUBLIC media houses should seek guidance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services before they publish stories of a political nature, Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo has advised.
And Mr Kasolo has condemned the manner in which Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) board chairman John Mulwila expressed concerns over the intimidation of journalists by some senior PF officials.
During a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Kasolo said Dr Mulwila made serious allegations that have to be corrected.
“The ministry is the appointing authority of the board of ZNBC and we give policy directives on how to operate the institution,” he said.
“I shall not let government organs fan discord in the political arena, the public media must act responsibly, especially during this time of campaigns when tensions are high.
“So ZNBC and other public media houses should seek guidance on how to handle stories of a political nature.”
When asked how often media houses should seek guidance looking at the unfolding events that comprise mainly stories of political nature, Mr Kasolo said the media should ask themselves whether the stories they intend to publish will cause violence or create anarchy.
“They shouldn’t be coming for consultation all the time, but only in difficult political situations. For example, last week Dr Scott issued a statement and Mr Edgar Lungu also issued a statement. After consultation, I advised ZNBC to run Dr Scott’s statement so as to avoid creating a bad picture about the country but I was blamed ‘that I am gagging the media’ which is not true,” he said.
Mr Kasolo said he is a democrat who believs in having opponents ‘fighting’ on equal footing.
And Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has directed Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Joseph Katema to issue a ministerial statement by tomorrow on the conduct of senior government and PF officials who allegedly stormed the ZNBC news room, reports KABANDA CHULU.
This followed a point of order by Kasempa MP Kabinga Pande, who wanted to know if Minister of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili, PF deputy national secretary Anthony Kasolo and PF Member of the Central Committee Sylvia Masebo were in order to allegedly instill fear and intimidate journalists.
Meanwhile, Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Nkandu Luo and Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba have condemned the alleged storming of the ZNBC newsroom.
But Mr Kambwili, Mr Kasolo and Ms Masebo speaking at a press briefing, denied storming the ZNBC newsroom and said they went to the national broadcaster at the invitation of Kenneth Maduma, the director of news and current affairs to clarify a story.
“We went to ZNBC to clarify a story and Mr Maduma made us wait for him in the newsroom, where we started highlighting some bias in their news,” Mr Kambwili said.
Mr Kasolo accused Dr Mulwila of abusing the national broadcaster.
Ms Masebo, who is PF chairperson for elections, confessed calling Mr Maduma to question him why he had aired an erroneous story.
“I didn’t abuse Mr Maduma. I called him to stop the nonsense of alarming the nation with a false story. There is only one PF,” Ms Masebo said.
Meanwhile, Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Director General Josephine Mapoma has encouraged media houses to be firm and report the truth, reports LINDA NYONDO.
Ms Mapoma said in a statement yesterday that media houses should stick to their editorial policies as they disseminate information.
She commended ZNBC management for the decision to only accept statements that are dully signed as opposed to people storming the newsroom.