The government controlled Times of Zambia has retired six journalists some of them as young as 28 years old.
No reason has been given for retiring Bob Sianjalika, Whytney Mulobela, Obert Simwanza, Richard Mulonga, Patson Phiri and Abel Mbozi.
One of these journalists is aged 28 while the rest are in their early and mid-30s.
Information from inside the Times of Zambia indicate that the directive to fire the six journalists came from information permanent secretary Amos Malupenga and George Chellah, president Sata’s mouth-piece.
Just after being sworn in, President Michael Sata ordered that the retirement age be upped from 55 to 65 for public workers.