United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has demanded the reinstatement of the 6 journalists at Times of Zambia whose average age is 32 years old.
Mr Hichilema said that the recent retirement of some journalists at the Times of Zambia in national interest is an affront on media freedom and democracy in the country.
Mr. Hichilema has accused the Patriotic Front government of engineering the early retirement of the journalists at the Times of Zambia. He said that the retirement of the six journalists at the Times of Zambia is a demonstration that the current government has no respect for media freedom.
He said that in a country like Zambia, the media should be allowed to operate freely without fear of retribution.
On Friday, Times of Zambia Management retired Six Senior journalists whose names are Abel Mboozi, Bob Sianjalike, Obet Simwanza, Patson Phiri, Richard Mulonga and Whitney Mulobela for unknown reasons. The journalists received the letters of retirement despite not having attained the retirement age.
Meanwhile, Mr Hichilema has threatened to alert the international community on how the PF Government is allegedly mistreating opposition political party leaders.
Mr. Hichilema said that he was shocked by the Zambia Police’s failure to arrest suspected Patriotic Front cadres that attacked him at the funeral of the late Princes Nakatindi Wina.
He said that the police have failed to take any action because they know that instructions to have him attacked could have come from the high office.