Management at Kasama’s Radio Mano has announced that it has rescinded its decision to close the popular radio station.
On Wednesday, management announced that the station was to go off hour indefinitely due to increased harassment of its Reporters by some PF cadres.
The cadres who staged a protest at Kasama airport on Monday in full view of President Edgar Lungu threatened to close down the station because of biased coverage.
They accused a number of Reporters at Radio Mano of favouring the opposition and blacking out the ruling PF.
But Station Manager Chris Ntalasha said management decided to change its stance after reflecting on the need to continue serving the masses in Kasama and beyond.
“What happened yesterday was that the situation became very hostile and we got intelligence reports that the PF cadres are planning to burn down the station. So considering the safety of our staff, we decided to switch off at midnight but we reflected deeply and we switched the station back on this morning, so we are on air now but the situation is still volatile,” Mr Ntalasha.
He added, “The position of management is that we will suspend the running of news bulletins and other political programmes until the situation normalises as at now even the Reporters are not reporting for work fearing for their lives.”
On Wednesday, Radio Mano started running announcement that it will effective mid-night close indefinitely following intelligence information that a named senior national PF official told a party meeting held on Wednesday at Kasama’s prefix hotel to ‘’sort out’’ Journalists from the station.
And another named official assured the cadres that will carry-out the attack not to worry of being arrested, saying he has a lot of money that can buy the best lawyers to defend them in an event that they are caught.
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Zambia) chapter has since been informed of this planned attack.