Rainbow Party leader Wynter Kabimba has made a passionate appeal to Zambians from all walks of life to dip in their pockets and help save the Post Newspapers.
Mr Kabimba alleged that it is now clear that President Edgar Lungu is bent on closing down the newspaper using state agencies such as the Zambia Revenue Authority.
He feared that the closure of the Post would mark a sad picture in the development of Zambia’s democracy.
‘Ultimately the real losers would be the poor Zambians, whom the Post speaks for,’ Mr Kabimba said.
‘As poor as we are, let us dip in our pockets and contribute whatever we can to help the Post clear its tax arrears.’
In an interview in Lusaka, Mr Kabimba said the amount of money the ZRA is demanding that the Post Newspapers pays within 10 days is too high for a newspaper to manage given the short period of time.
‘The Post has stood behind poor Zambians throughout its over twenty year history and it is now time for Zambians to stand by the newspaper,’ he said.
He added, ‘Closing down the Post will see those officials in government go on a wanton plunder of resources which should be avoided at all costs.’
Mr Kabimba claimed that President Lungu is using the ZRA to see to it that the Post Newspaper becomes extinct.
‘Unfortunately this President is so scared that he has now targeted critical media such as the Post as his next target for harassment but in this case he is now going to outright closure, he wants to see the Post closed.’