Police have continued to receive instructions from State House Press Aide George Chellah to harass Hot FM radio station for allegedly broadcasting a news item on the health of ailing dictator Michael Sata.
Hot FM Managing Editor Collins Changwe was today summoned by police who recorded a warn and caution statement from him but Changwe and the other journalists in the radio station remain unshaken.
Early this month, State House sources leaked information that Sata had been evacuated after collapsing at State House following a brief appearance at the Labour day celebrations where he even failed to deliver a speech. Later, he even failed to grace the official opening of the Heroes stadium which his cabinet earlier wanted to be named ‘disaster’ stadium despite the function having received maximum publicity.
After the leak Hot FM attempted to establish the truth but Chellah rushed to order IBA to censure the radio station and order them to apologise but Hot FM refused and the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia described the act as intimidation of the media.
Meanwhile information coming from Mongu indicate that police have today threatened the Mongu based Catholic run Oblate radio Liseli not to host UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema on a paid for programme.
Sources from the police have told the Zambian Watchdog that the radio station has been instructed to refund the opposition UPND the money paid for hosting their leader.