Lusaka 25.01.2016 The PF government’s order to ZESCO to switch off power at MUVI TV premises just before the Assignment programme on Sunday night was an affront aimed at denying UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema the right to share his vision for the nation through the mass media.
It is unfortunate that the continued abuse of authority by the PF aimed at disadvantaging Mr Hichilema and the UPND have extended beyond the Public Order Act now to include his right to media coverage and freedom of speech.
ZESCO, just like the Zambia Police Service, are public institutions that should not be used by the PF government in fighting its political battles with perceived opponents.
This desperation by the PF to hold onto power is a danger to the peace that the country has been enjoying and so harshly fought for by our fore fathers.
It is clear that the switching off of power at MUVI TV premises outside the normal load shedding schedule was engineered by the PF to disadvantage Mr. Hichilema and the UPND whom they consider the biggest threat to their mis-governing of this country.
The act of desperation by the PF denied Zambians the right to listen to the voice of reason in the face of the ongoing economic, political and social malaise as witnessed at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola on Saturday.
This connivance between the PF and ZESCO did not only disadvantage the UPND leader but also affected the many Zambians that have lost faith in the public media, thus an affront to their right to unbiased information and governance choices.
We, therefore, demand that ZESCO desists from being used as a tool for political expedience but rather retain its professionalism as a public institution.
Hon Charles Kakoma