Police, under direct instructions from State house last night stormed Kasama’s radio Mano and demanded to have recordings of a discussion that featured UPND panellists two days ago.
Sources from the police and from state house have said that the instruction to raid the radio station was from State house and the seized recordings have since been dispatched.
“We had nothing with that raid, all instructions came from state house and that is where the seized recordings have gone. It is like there was a complaint that one of the panellists had used foul language on President Edgar Lungu,” said a well placed police source.
“The forthcoming by election in Kasama central has disturbed the President especially after the loss of one ward to UPND. He is geared to use all means to try and install fear in the people. Yes we are expecting to get the recording and listen to it very carefully, I will give you full data later on,” said a well placed Watchdog source within State house.
And some radio station staff who also confirmed the raid and seizure said that the move is aimed at installing fear in the radio station and among citizens not to criticise the PF government ahead of the anticipated by election for Kasama Central constituency.
Radio Mano has been on the receiving end of PF hooliganism, it is at this station where PF cadres stopped Kasama Central MP from featuring on the station. UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema was also blocked from featuring on a sponsored program while Frank Bwalya was roughed up after calling late President Sata a chuumbu munshololwa.
As all these transgressions are happening, the media advocacy body MISA Zambia under the chairmanship of Hellen Mwale has kept quiet – wako ni wako?