Police to interrogate Watchdog journalist today

Police to  interrogate Watchdog journalist today

The Zambia Police will today at 14 hours interrogate a journalist from the Zambian Watchdog on a charge yet to be known.

The police summoned George Zulu to present himself to police headquarters in Lusaka for questioning.

Zulu has stated that he will present himself in the company of his lawyer and hear what the police want.

It’s not yet clear what the police want but last week, the Watchdog was informed the regime of President Michael Sata directed the police to close the Zambian Watchdog website and arrest all people connected to it.

A seven-man Gestapo unit has since been put together for the task.
On Thursday September 29, the police went to the National Registration Office (NRC) and got a copy of Lloyd Himaambo’s NRC whom they believe is behind the Watchdog.
Using the information on the NRC, the police drove to the village indicated on Himaambo’s NRC, some 500 kilometres west of Monze district in Southern Province.
The seven armed police found Himaambo’s 82-year old grandfather and threatened to beat him up if he does not tell them where to find Himaambo.
The police extracted a list of all Himaambo’s relatives and demanded to know where they stay.
After 6 hours interrogating the old man and other villagers, the police left but promised to return.
George Chella, the new State house spokesperson gave the police the name and contact details of George Zulu.

George Zulu and Chella once worked together at the Post newspaper.
A police source has explained to the Watchdog that the PF regime is upset with the Watchdog for continuing to expose the new regime wrong doings when all other publications are only writing messages of congratulations to the new rulers.
The source said the order to close the website and arrest the editors came from State house on Wednesday.
This is not the first time the police are trying to arrest the Watchdog editors and close the website.
During the Rupiah Banda era, the police tried several times but failed.

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