Post Newspaper  Editor in Chief  Fred Mmembe
Post Newspaper Editor in Chief Fred Mmembe

Post Newspaper Editor in Chief Fred Mmembe and Reporter Mukosha Funga have been denied bail by the Lusaka Magistrate Court in a matter in which they are charged with publication of classified information.

This was when the matter came up for explanation of the charge before Magistrate Humphrey Chitalu this morning.

The state rejected to the bail application because the matter can only be heard in the high court.

The duo could not take plea because the Director of Public Prosecutions has not given consent to determine if the matter can be prosecuted.

Magistrate Humphrey Chitalu has set tomorrow 17th July for ruling on the bail application.

Mmembe and Funga were this morning charged with an offence of publishing classified information contrary to the State Security Act.

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  1. The ***** thinks that he can every day write things about people even going to their private lives. The chap must not released until 2016.In fact the police must charge him with treason and espionage so that he can rot in the cells.

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  2. Yes no one should be above the law. Even sata at one time entered that place called cells, mpombo too, kanene as well. Let him feel how the poor are feeling to be in the cells this cold season. Natwishiba akafuma mailo kaili he has money, jails are for the poor. Nothing is impossible with money except life.

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    • Lelo lele, eya lelo……
      The post newspaper has been too political from time immemorial and has never taken a neutral stand in publication of political stories, always partners with some political parties.
      I don’t support Lungu either. Waiting for Davies Chama to be prosecuted as well…

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    • Fred is a brave man and if only one knew what evil and self serving people in Govt are then one would appreciate what Fred does even with his weaknesses, real or apparent.

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    • Ba ka ngenesa ka munthu aka imwe!
      kazamangiwa ka!
      ya ya ya bati yakakana. Where is mutembo when we need a nolle?
      Anyway he will find lots of company in chimbokaila apparently.

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    • Bro that is a non starter. The guy can be there until Monday. The statement says the DPP has not yet given consent for the matter to go ahead

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    • Fred Mmembe, small man, huge ego. He loves to smell his own stink. Happy sniffing in jail!
      Anyway we all know the routine; in jail for a couple of days, no case to answer, back to editing The Post! Nothing to see here.

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    • YOU FOOL, MEEMBE IS FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHTS. I WISH THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU SOONER THAN LATER.

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    • The irony of the matter is that PF found it ok when he gave them classified information, when they were in the opposition. They forgot that leakages would continue even when they were in power.

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    • Mmembe has now seen the wrath of RB and his junior ally. He must put his personal hatred for HH and cover him or even ensure he makes it through as he has a better chance than Wynter. Or if possible bring the two together so as to get Lungu out of office. He is a serious liability to Zambia. LUNGU MUST BE FIRED IN 2016 BY THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE.

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    • Despite being the cause of this fracas in bringing PF into power, let Fred M’membe free & left alone.

      BANDIT Davies Chama the PF~SG is looming the streets after a failed attempted murder on a UPND member. The PF & unprofessional police have LAMBENTLY failed to arrest this BANDIT!

      On May 22, 2015, the Daily Nation Newspapers exclusively carried a story quoting Ms. Wandi’s second letter to President Edgar Lungu, under the headline: Clears Kaizer Zulu; Why haven’t the Police arrested and charged Mr. Richard Sakala and the Daily Nation reporter for allegedly breaching section 35 of the State Security Act? Does it mean that Section 35 only applies to the Post Newspapers? Why are the Police exhibiting such deplorable double standards?

      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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    • Fred Mmembe has been in prison before under Kafupi – MHSRIEP. This is nothing to him.

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  3. Lock him up and throw away the keys.
    The chap is evil and full of mischief who peddles malice and hatred in the name of a free press and yet together with Kabimba would suppress that very freedom of speech.

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    • @Arm Chair Critic

      Yes, and yes again. We, Zambians must not be diffident in our opinion on these type of society criminals.

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    • The tragedy is not that Fred has been arrested. The real tragedy is that Fred never defended freedom of speech , press or freedom of assembly when Sata was in office. Sata was the greatest abuser of the Public Order Act and had political leaders and journalists such as Hamasaka and Pondamali incarcerated without a single word from Fred.
      The public now know Fred as an opportunist who is comfortable when he is getting privileges from the government of the day no matter how tyrannical they may be. So there is no tragedy here. Here is a snake charmer beaten by snakes.

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    • Arm Chair Critic

      On May 22, 2015, the Daily Nation Newspapers exclusively carried a story quoting Ms. Wandi’s second letter to President Edgar Lungu, under the headline: Clears Kaizer Zulu; Why haven’t the Police arrested and charged Mr. Richard Sakala and the Daily Nation reporter for allegedly breaching section 35 of the State Security Act? Does it mean that Section 35 only applies to the Post Newspapers? Why are the Police exhibiting such deplorable double standards?

      Davies Chama SG of PF that BANDIT is a menace to society, so is Un General Katene another BANDIT molesting under age girls. Chama should be ARRESTED for attempted MURDER on a UPND member, shooting the victim several times,in Mulobezi.

      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

      PF BANDITS!

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    • What about On May 22, 2015, the Daily Nation Newspapers exclusively carried a story quoting Ms. Wandi’s second letter to President Edgar Lungu, under the headline: Clears Kaizer Zulu; Why haven’t the Police arrested and charged Mr. Richard Sakala and the Daily Nation reporter for allegedly breaching section 35 of the State Security Act? Does it mean that Section 35 only applies to the Post Newspapers? Why are the Police exhibiting such deplorable double standards?

      BANDIT Davies Chama the VISIONLESS PF SG has not been arrested for accessories to the attempted murder of a UPND member in Mulobezi recently! What are the PF police waiting for?

      Selected injustice, Kanene a child molester is now FLEE! Watch them girl kids, BANDITS are FLED!

      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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  4. Clearly, he and his legal team think they are above procedural rules.

    Judiciary need to help remove these disruptive elements out of our political environments. All those given the right to be players in forming public opinion must act with utmost responsibility. They may expose gov’t weaknesses but must not set up parallel gov’t structures where they are Kingpin. This one needs to be toppled, he is egotistic and acts like a dictator in the media world.

    No one should be bigger than a democratically elected gov’t.

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  5. Cage this animal called Fred M’membe and throw the keys in Zambezi river!!This id10t must be cleared from earth-God forgive for saying this but this man has caused more harm than good for mother Zambia!!AM TOO HAPPY TODAY!!AND BRAVO TO ECL FOR FREEING GENERAL KANENE!!!

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    • @eddy, it would be interesting if you could tell us what harm he has done to Zambia. I am waiting …

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    • @5 Eddy. Look at your post. Fred Mmembe is charged with receiving classified information. Is that worthy of what you are advocating? Kanene defiled a minor & ECL frees him and you rejoice?
      ECL gave Cabinet Meetinutes to Newton Nguni when they wanted to remove Guy Scott from acting as President. That was a classified document. ECL will answer for it when he leaves office. Should we also lock him up and throw away the keys? From what lam seeing ECL is associating himself with criminals (Youngson the Jerabo, Kanene the defiler, RB, Mosho, etc). I think the criminals are taking over government. There is nothing wrong that Fred Membe has done. Pure vindictiveness to even deny him bail. Who is this magistrate?

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  6. Clearly the cookies have crumbled.
    Mark my words, this is another “case” headed no where. Whether you hate M’membe with vitriolic intensity or morbidity you have to give it (credit) to the guy for his contribution to the struggle for equality in this country. I hate his bias towards PF during Sata’s term but on the overall, the guy has done his part in spite of his weaknesses which each one of us has a fair share of.

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  7. Yes, this is going now where. I wonder where the excitement for some people is coming from.

    Mmembe has been through this before. This is a joking matter. It is even ridiculous to compare rapist Kanene to Mmembe. We saw this excitement when pilato was arrested. Where has Pilato’s case left us today.

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    • Whether he is released or not the system should break and shred his mat-o-le.

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    • @8 Ndaje Kahks – You are a relative of a plunderer that Mutembo caged? I remeber you complaining that he has destroyed families. I think you hate Fred becoz he is more righteous than you. Just like ECL is failing to get rid of Mutembo the DPP, this is also another failed project. When the time comes, ECL will pay for his crimes also. Remember ECL releasing classified documents with Newton Nguni? Time to pay will come. Do not rejoice too soon. Fred is strong and has suffered worse. Why deny him bail? Is he a flight risk? Just like they denied Pilato, they do it now to punish him. Wait for it, Time to pay will come.

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    • He is having his own revolution headed by Winter Kabimba. If by miracle Winter should beat ECL and HH, you would hear how Fred would sing for the sitting government better than Povorotti MHSRIP!
      So before the joy ride of RAINBOW ruling, Membe will shed a few tears!

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  8. Any one with an idea when the police service is releasing the final list to go for the training? advice my young brother want to be a cop

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  9. Who the hell is advising ECL? RB. You getting bad advice mate. You’ll be very lonely soon and you’ll wish you had listened to the real PF members.

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    • EDDIE listen please. You are not ZAMBIA’S hero, far from it. You have been called a fluke President, that’s what you are, so don’t push your lack. Even people like Andrew Banda are warning you to behave. RB had all the instruments of power but didn’t wipe out everybody. Chiluba was loved initially but didn’t wipe out all opposition same with LPM and Super KK. Everyone will scamper to leave you alone to face the Music of the will of the people. ANDREW BANDA knows what happened to his dad who is now telling you to do what he didn’t do when he had the means. You are a jerk not to listen mate. Power is temporary.

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    • Even SATA who’s vision you proclaim to follow made peace with the CARTEL as a way to unite the ZAMBIAN people. You are hypothetical mate and you will face the music alone. I can’t be advising Chumbu Munshololwa. Good luck mate.

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  10. We should be happy to have chaps like Fred who are punished for informing the nation. Just imagine if we all shut up and just watch EL and his cronies do their things, we would be in much trouble than we already are. After this I hope Fred and the Post will reveal more deals the PF are in so we can sort them out next year.

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    • Fred and his Post are just assuming their rightful duty unlike during Sata’s time. Let him inform the public and provide checks and balances to the sitting government.

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  11. Hatred till the grave has just started.ECL may regret one day.Though I do not support F. M’membe.

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    • MMEMBE IS A NAUSEATING CANCER THAT HAS ABUSED OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH .
      HE SPEWS HATRED EVERY DAY V IN HIS GUTTER AND YELLOW PAPER AND WILL DESTROY THIS NATION IF LEFT UNCHECKED!!!!

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    • Fred Mmembe lost his moral high ground when he failed to fight Michael Sata’s excesses. He threw away his moral capital and every one saw him for what he really is, an opportunist.

      No one could run a worse government than Michael. He never respected the budget, he destroyed our currency, he started the borrowing binge and decimated the reserves RB and Musokotwane left. At least Lungu is trying to correct some of the more obvious blunders such as the Chitimukulu succession.

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  12. Bwijimfumu boy is in for it.This time he must stay there for one month.He thought he was un touchable.

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  13. Malabishi for sure such cases never go anywhere in a banana republic like Zambia! I don’t see any need for the hype!

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  14. You are aware that he is the one making the rift between the Bembas and Tongas.This boy called Mmembe is very devise
    Let him rot in the cells

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  15. Revealing of $198 million has become classified information. May be this money was going to be stolen. The Nigerian government to Zambian government oil deal was classified information. This info was hidden from the Zambian people until RB lost an election.This is how the state money is being stolen. How was this money going to be accountable?

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  16. UPND cadres you are supporting Fred M’membe at your own peril!this is a guy who has destroyed your HH badly!!he called you bantustan or a bantustan party!!M’membe is only positioning Wynter Kabimba and not your HH!!THIS GUY IS EVIL!!

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    • We support freedom and not an individual irrespective of his attitude towards us. We would rather Fred is feel to cast vile aspersions at us than see his freedoms being abused and trampled upon. We support his unconditional release on democratic principles and virtue!!

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    • Ukusabaila kweka kweka fye! The arrest is about ACC investigating Kaizer for a bribe of US$200,000. Finshi mulesula?

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  17. MMEMBE IS VILE, MALICIOUS AND SELF SERVING. DURING SATA’S RULE HE WAS SERVILE AND FAWNING AND WAS MICHAEL THIS AND MICHAEL THAT BECAUSE HE AND HIS CARTEL CROOKS WERE BEING PROTECTED.
    NOW THAT THE PROTECTION HAS BEEN REMOVED HE HAS BEEN BUSY BUILDING KABIMBA AND FEROCIOUS ADNAUSEAM ON HIS PERCEIVED ENEMIES PARTICULARLY PRESIDENT LUNGU.
    INFACT LUNGU CAN ONLY IGNORE HIM AT HIS OWN PERIL. REMEMBER HOW MMEMBE DESTROYED PRESIDENT RB??

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  18. We have to find a way of keeping him there forever otherwise he may come out with more vigour.

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  19. Our mad Kachasu Man is the onw who has directed the corrupt judge to denie Mmembe bail.

    The Kachasu Man has really overtaken the judicial process cof our country.
    Let me warn the Kachasu Lungu that even him will face the same arrest once he leaves office in 2016 unless he be defended by HIV/AIDS to take him to Embasy Park.

    In 2016, please vote vote for HH; the man of peace and progress.

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    • I doubt if they will vote for HH especially with the hatred you are spewing! Kuwayawayafye!

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  20. eteran editor Fred M’membe has been arrested in the on-going degeneration of human rights in Zambia.

    Just yesterday, state sponsored armed gangs attacked meetings addressed by the country’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.

    M’membe, editor of the Post newspaper has been arrested for publishing a letter which the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) wrote to President Edgar Lungu informing him of their investigations of one his aides for corruption.

    The anti-corruption body launched an investigation into President Lungu’s aide, Kaizer Zulu, over a US$200,000 bribe he allegedly received from a Chinese contractor to facilitate business with the government. The Post published the ACC’s letter in March. In May police summoned M’membe, and the author of the story, Mukosha Funga,…

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    • If you publish a letter written to the president and indicated for the eyes of the president only, you go to court! No excuses. Lwalessness starts with egocentric masonists like Membe!

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    • Baba,once a document is classified,the Secrecy Act kicks in and it does not matter what anyone else thinks about the contents of the document.M’membe ‘s Post published a document that was classified and the law has kicked in with its sharp teeth.M’membe has regrettably got to face the consequences of his foolish act.

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  21. ZAMBIANS ARE NOT WORTHY DYING FOR. THEY DO NOT APPRECIATE WHAT IS DONE FOR THEM. THEY ARE LIKE JEWS WHO DID NOT APPRECIATE JESUS CHRIST. HE FED THEM AND HEALED THEM BUT THEY WENT AHEAD AND CHOSE A CRIMINAL WHO WAS KILLED THEIR RELATIVES AND STOLE FROM THEM. FRED, SINCE HE FORMED HIS NEWSPAPER, HE HAS BEEN ON THE SIDE OF THE PEOPLE, EXEPT BRIEFLY DURING SATA’S TIME. DURING THE TIME OF THE 3RD TERM, HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE POST, IT WAS GOING EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR THOSE WHO OPPOSED THE THIRD TERM TO SPREAD THEIR MESSAGE. IT HAS BEEN THE SAME DURING OTHER TIMES. I FIND IT HEART-BREAKING THAT ZAMBIANS TODAY WHO CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS CAN REJOYCE AT THE ARREST OF FRED. I DON AGREE WITH EVERYTHING FRED WRITES BUT I BELIEVE THAT WITHOUT HIM ZAMBIA WOULD NOT BE WHAT IT IS TODAY.

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    • CONTINUED: PRESIDENT LUNGU IS A BENEFICIARY OF FRED’S WORK BECAUSE CHILUBA WOULD HAVE CONTINUED TO BE PRESIDENT AND SATA WOULD HAVE NOT EVEN FORMED PF. FRED GREATLY HELPED THE PF TO WIN THE ELECTIONS IN 2011. IT IS SO SAD THAT THE SAME PEOPLE HE HELPED TO BE IN POWER SHOULD DO THIS TO HIM. SURELY ZAMBIANS YOU FIND IT NORMAL TO CELEBRATE THE ARREST OF A PERSON WHO EXPOSED A SUSPECT THIEF? WHAT IS SO SECRET ABOUT EXPOSING THAT ZULU IS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR CORRUPTION? THE BEHAVIOUR OF ZAMBIANS IS SHOCKING. CHURCHES WHERE ARE YOU. PUKUTA MWANZA YOU ARE QUIET THESE DAYS SIMPLY BECAUSE YOUR TRIBESMAN IS PRESIDENT! SHAME!
      MAY THE GOOD LORD BE WITH FRED AND THE LADY JOURNALIST.

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  22. The clasified imformation was leaked to the public by someone from inside to Meembe. It is some chaps job to ensure clasifieds remain clasifieds so if they opt to share clasifieds with a publisher that is what they get and they must be fired for releasing such imfo to the wrong person. I dont think Meembe broke into some drunkards home to steal the imfo. Fix the ecconomy, power and health issues in the country pliz twapapataaaaa!!!!!!

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    • A word to the wise! If any fool leaks a classified document to me, I am not touching it even with a 10 metres pole! That’s what a law abiding citizen does. Wrong is wrong even if it is brave and good editor Fred involved.

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  23. AS A PEOPLE WE ARE A THANKLESS LOT. WE ARE NOT DIFFERENT FROM THOSE WHO BETRAYED JESUS.

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  24. Ka M’membe needs to know and start respecting BOMA. This man had hidden agenda of one day becoming a president of Zambia when he secretly worked with the faded Rainbow Party leader Kabimba.
    When hell broke loose and their intentions known and when the late President Sata exposed them, he has turned in ineffective vernom on PF and H.E. Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
    The cartel and this small man had well thought plans of taking over the affairs of the nation. Now that all has been laid bare, his is so bitter just like HH. Their eyes are so intently set at nothing but State House and NOT on the poor people they pretend to represent.
    The only party which inclusive and is serious about poverty reduction, job creation and development is PF and under ECL’s leadership believe me.

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    • Membe is infinitely more worthy and valuable to Zambia than your shallow dust thinking.

      We demand the release of Fred NOW. He is a prisoner of Conscience just like Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela and was Robert Mugabe, Joshua Nkhomo!! Free Membe NOW!!

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  25. Fred must be checked before he divides this beloved country. He is fanning hatred among Zambians.

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    • @Truth, what hatred is he fanning? Is he the one who called Tongas names? If he is supporting Kabimba, why dont you also start your own newspaper and support the one you wish should be president of Zambia. Mmembe has been this way before and the outcome is obvious – no case to answer.

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  26. I HAVE NO DOUBT IS USING FRED TO LIBERATE POOR VOICELESS ZAMBIANS. HE DID THE SAME WITH JOSEPH WHOSE UNFAIR INCARCERATION HAD A PURPOSE. GOD ALLOWED FOR A REASON. SIMLARLY WITH FRED HIS INCARCERATION HAS A PURPOSE. THE MAJORITY OF ZAMBIANS NEED A STRONG VOICE AND GOD IS GOING TO FRED AND THE WATCHDOG TO SPEAK FOR ZAMBIANS AND EXPOSE THE EVIL DEEDS OF THE PF LEADERSHIP. FRED WILL COME OUT OF POLICE CELLS MORE CHARGED AND DETERMINED. THE POWER OF THE PAIN WILL BE USED TO THE MAXIMUM. IT WILL BE GOOD FOR THE MAJORITY OF ZAMBIANS WHO NEED A VOICE TO SPEAK FOR THEM.

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    • I wonder if zambia will ever recognise it’s heroes. We’re a people who find it very easy to praise heroes honoured in other countries. Even heroes have their mistakes. They are just human. Have we forgotten how Mmembe fearlessly fought KK to bring this democracy while most of us watched from a distance in fear? We should try to focus on the good in people rather than their weakness or we shall never have heroes in our country. Am not Fred’s fan but it is a fact that his contribution to the country is by far higher than those being pardoned and those being shielded from prosecution.

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  27. Mmembe himself is full of hatred. Just look at what he has been publishing in his Post against Government – total hatred and nothing uniting about it. He went too far and thought he could publish just anything he felt like. In his excitement, he ended up publishing classified information which is a punishable offence. Let him face the music for being divisive and disrespectful of the law. Nati nikambeko chabe.

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    • Sir, Mmembe has been around for a long a time to be excited over a document which is not even supposed to be classified as secret. Is investigating a government official for allegedly receiving kickbacks supposed to be classified. Zambia…my foot!!!

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    • @nikambeko, what mmembe has said about govt is nothing compared to what he said about HH. Mmembe hates HH so much because of mazokas estate, that he literally wanted to destroy HH thru his post. Pure hate speech. Nothing lasts forever. This also a warning to pf locusts, NOTHING LASTS FOREVER. You will be brought down!

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  28. This is good news for the day.Fred is too pompous for nothing.No sympathy for some one who is promoting wynter maize in july !

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  29. Though there are times when M’membe seems to side much with certain individuals, in most instances he just informs the public. It is evident that some investors are becoming slave drivers, clearly showing that they no longer respect the country’s laws. Why so? Only time will tell.

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  30. Please if some body has the nuclear material prease spray it in the room where membe Is in so That he comes out as a moving cacas (a moving death)’he has taken us zambian for granted too long.

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  31. As a peace loving zambian This Is a good news ,for Fred to arrested ,but please mâke sure That You poison him before he cimes out

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  32. Altho i do not delight in the arrest of mmembe, i detest how u relentlessly branded innocent HH as a tribalist, which he is not, to the delight and fun of the same pipo that have made sure u kiss the police cells. What goes around comes round. Lol!

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  33. Just keep him there, Zambia is so much a safer place without that creep.

    By the way, where was his wife to give him solidarity?

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  34. We have always known that these are just a bunch of rude and selfish boys, (some people call them ” The Cartel”) they do not represent the interest of anyone except themselves and that they have amassed wealth, most of it dubiously. Surely the voice of reason will prevail. They have some support from some quarters but this support, fortunately is very insignificant. This Namakando thinks that he will continue to manipulate the Zambian political landscape- No. The case to recover the tax payers money must now begin. We need our taxes so that it can be used to build tollgates to make more money for our country. This money (K14bn) will come from the sale of Namakando’s courier trucks if not enough his print company should go under the harmer, and from other cartel members.

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  35. This man is evil. He wants Zambia to go up in flames. He wants to destroy everything and everyone. The media, the Church, even our dear Dr Kaseba. What kind of man is this. A simple comment from one Davies Chama , and he wants to destroy a country. How many people are today insulting ECL. Has he bothered to look at the comments which the Tribal party officials say about ECL? Do we see any screaming headlines about these in his Junk Newspaper. This man is finished . Even MCSata didn’t like this man.
    I hope this is the start of more cases. Let him even bring back our K14billion. Let him rot in the cells. 24th July required for Contempt case. After all he called our judicial system Rubbish. Am sure the magistrate is patiently for him. They always wait..Chimbokaila injikata! Maiwe

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