POLICE in Ndola have opened a docket for Patriotic Front (PF) Fibobe Ward Councillor Jones Kalyati who yesterday threatened to “deal with” Times of Zambia reporters for exposing corrupt practices in the allocation of plots at Ndola City Council.
And Copperbelt Province police chief, Martin Malama has warned that police would not sit idle and watch journalists who were playing their role in informing the nation being attacked.
The Times of Zambia reported Mr Kalyati at Kansenshi Police Station after the councillor phoned a reporter to warn him and his colleagues that they would be dealt with if they continued writing stories about the alleged illegal issuance of plots by councillors in Ndola.
Mr Kalyati said the newspaper had started “a war which you will not finish” and that he would stop talking to journalists from the Times.
“By publishing that story you have started a fight with me. I am very popular in Chifubu and I will make sure that Chifubu is a no-go area for Times of Zambia reporters from now onwards,” he said.
Mr Kalyati, who was emotionally charged, said he was not happy with the report despite being told that the Times story revealing that five councillors had been banned in the last six months did not mention names of any individual councillor.
The story quoted Ndola Town Clerk Charity Mpande as saying the council had suspended five PF councillors and one from the MMD accused of spearheading illegal allocation of plots.
The story said the PF-dominated council had also sacked more than 10 employees reported to have been conniving with the councillors in the plots scandal.
She said the Ministry of Lands had launched investigations into the issuance of some commercial and residential plots in Ndola.
And Dr Malama said the police would ensure that the law dealt with people threatening to use violence, verbal abuse and assault on role players such as journalists.