The Patriot Front has warned against politicizing the shooting incident that occurred at the Post newspaper offices yesterday.Shots were fired from the roof top and into the newsroom sending panic among reporters who were in the middle of production.A bullet landed close to where a pregnant journalist usually sat.She had just left her seat moments prior to the shooting.
However PF media and publicity Vice chairperson Sunday Chanda has warned Zambians against what he termed as mischievous headlines and opinions all based on falsities and cooked propaganda that are bound to follow in the aftermath of the shooting.He castigated UPND president Hakainde Hichilema for alleging that the PF were behind the shooting incident.Mr.Chanda urged Zambians to allow the Police to conclude their investigations.
Post Newspaper senior general manager, Sheikh Chifuwe said the Post will wait to hear from the police, but as a media organisation, they feel they have a duty now, more than ever before to inform citizens of what is going on in their country.
“We will not rule out anything because we are coming from a background where the Head of State announced that he was at war with our editor-in-chief. Practically, with that statement, President Edgar Lungu put a bounty on our editor’s head,” Chifuwe said. “So this can be anything. What we are sure of is that whoever fired the weapon understood what he was doing and also knew his target.
Below is the Full Press statement
POST NEWSPAPER REPORTED SHOOTING AND MR. HAKAINDE HICHILEMA’S CARELESS REMARKS– STATEMENT BY SUNDAY CHANDA, VICE CHAIRPERSON, MEDIA AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE
Lusaka, Zambia, 1st October 2015 -While the reported shooting incident at the Post Newspapers remains highly unfortunate and undesirable for a society such as ours, we want to caution against excited members of our society especially those drawn from the political space who wish to treat a sensitive matter with political gloves. It is in the best interest of investigations that political commentators in the nation do not derail the course of investigations by the Zambia Police. This we say because of the cheap propaganda that is going to follow in the aftermath of the reported shooting. In the days ahead, Zambians will be treated to mischievous headlines and opinions all based on falsities and cooked propaganda. This we must guard against jealously. It will be a disservice to the traumatized reporters at the Post Newspaper if anyone, including the paper itself, plays political ping-pong with this matter.
On that premise, it is highly uneducated of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to allege that the Patriotic Front (PF) is behind the reported shooting incident which is still under investigations especially considering that it occurred under very uncommon circumstances. There will be busy and desperate mouthpieces which will line up for headlines and statements prepared on their behalf in order for the shooting incident to suit their narrative. We wish to warn Mr. Hichilema against careless remarks and cheap political propaganda on this matter. He instead has a duty to tell Zambians his role, if any, in Zambia’s infamous privatization.
We wish to reaffirm the position that the PF under His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu remains committed to the rule of law and has refused to participate in cessation of life of any human being, including those who insult and demean him day-in and day-out. President Lungu has continued to speak peace even in the midst of individuals and institutions that drew battle lines just when it became apparent that he would succeed late President Michael Chilufya Sata.
We therefore ask Zambians of good conscience to allow the Zambia Police carry out investigations. This is also because of what is likely to be a divided opinion on the matter if it is allowed to be reduced to a political issue. With that said, we wish to assure that if the matter will be reduced to a political one, as the PF we shall be more than ready to respond to it politically. In the meantime, we ask citizens, including the Post Newspaper to allow the Zambia police to conclude with its investigations.
Issued by: Sunday Chilufya Chanda, Vice Chairperson, PF Media and Publicity Committee