Police chief Malama summons Watchdog reporter Zulu for questioning

Police chief Malama summons Watchdog reporter Zulu for questioning

Police IG Martin Malama

Inspector-General of Police Martin Malama has ordered journalist George Zulu to appear before him to day at 10 hours.

A police officer from national headquarters on Wednesday evening phoned Zulu and told him that he must appear before the news police boss for questioning.

It is not yet known why Zambia’s top-most cop wants to question journalist on.

Zulu will go the police chief’s office with his lawyer.

On October 10, 2011, four police officers interrogated journalist George Zulu in relation to the Zambian Watchdog ownership and an email that was written by information minister Given Lubinda to PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba.

The email was leaked to the Watchdog by PF insiders during the run-up to elections and was published verbatim on this website.

In the email, Lubinda was briefing his boss about the money for campaigns from Taiwan and Afghanistan and other issues relating to the PF like demolishing certain compounds in Lusaka.

When the email was published, the police instituted investigations and questioned both current information minister Lubinda and Kabimba.

Warn and caution statements were entered against the two.

But three days after winning elections, the PF government instructed the police to turn the case around and look for the person who leaked the email and the editors of the Watchdog.

During the interrogation of Zulu on Monday, the police said they wanted to find out who the author of the story about the email between Given Lubinda and Wynter Kabimba is.

They also said they want to know who the publisher and owner of the Zambian Watchdog is.
Police accused Zulu of being the author of article but caused it to be published to which he denied in the presence of his lawyer.
They also wanted to find out names of other journalists who associate with the Watchdog so that they can round them up and question them.

But Zulu denied knowing any journalist associated with the Zambian Watchdog.

The police also asked Zulu how many stories he has written for the Zambian Watchdog.

The police also wanted to know where the main editors of the Watchdog are and why they are not in Zambia.

Zulu was interrogated from 14: 20 to 17 hours on Monday October  at the Police headquarters in Lusaka

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