THE Patriotic Front(PF) leadership in Eastern Province has apologised over an incident where cadres stormed Breeze FM station to interrupt a live Political Hour Programme featuring Rainbow Party leader Wynter Kabimba.
Speaking when a delegation of the provincial PF party leadership visited Breeze FM Managing Director and Station Owner, Michael Daka on Monday, PF Provincial Chairperson Andrew Lubusha regretted the incident.
Mr Lubusha said that the PF was currently investigating the matter as cadres suspected to have been involved were refusing having taken part in the attack.
He said that the action taken by the cadres was not sanctioned by anyone from the party leadership or government.
Mr Lubusha revealed that there were some former PF provincial leaders that are trying to discredit his leadership by encouraging cadres to engage in violence.
He stated that his leadership would not tolerate such behaviour adding that anyone found to have been involved in the attack will be reported to police for appropriate action.
During the attack, the unruly cadres stoned the security guard who was manning the station and damaged a company vehicle and the door to the station in their bid to get hold of Mr Kabimba whom they wanted to beat up.
And Mr Daka expressed his deep disappointment over the action taken by the cadres stating that management and staff of Breeze FM feel threatened from what happened.
Mr Daka revealed that the station had made a decision to stop airing and running political stories and programmes, except those involving the Electoral Commission of Zambia(ECZ) until further notice because what happened should not be tolerated.
“The the radio station will only resume covering politics and politicians when it is felt that the station and the staff are safe enough to carry out normal duties,”he said.
Mr Daka explained that Breeze FM has operated professionally since inception giving political parties a platform to debate issues while providing useful information to people of Eastern Province.
Mr Lubusha was accompanied by PF Provincial Secretary Eddie Kapalu and PF Chipata District Secretary Joseph Kolosa.