UPND Vice President for Administration Geoffrey Mwamba has said that he has instructed his lawyers to sue the Daily Nation newspapers for what he called malicious publication against him.
Mr Mwamba said the verbatim published in the Daily Nation of 10th April 2016 is pure fabrication with intent to damage his reputation as the Vice President of the UPND and dent his image as well as break his relationship with the Sata family.
He said his belief is that the media is there to inform, educate and entertain as opposed to spreading lies.
“For your own information I worked and lived as a family with the late President, Michael Chilufya Sata for many years.
“First of all, as an African and a person of moral standing in society, it is unacceptable for me to get to such levels of insulting the dead. Surely no African not even a child can stand up today and talk evil or insult the dead as Daily Nation has written in verbatim.
I do believe that the media are there to inform, educate and entertain people and not to circulate malice aimed at assassinating other people’s character for personal gain,” Me Mwamba said in a statement issued to the media.
He said what was published in the paper was not news but malice and damaging to his family and that of late President Michael Sata.
“Daily Nation needs to know that there is nothing newsworthy in malicious writing. Actually what has been published is not only malicious but damaging my reputation while hurting to family of ‘abayashi ‘the late President Sata whom as I said I hold so dearly. In an African tradition the story has no doubt exposed me to ridicule and hatred as the dead deserve to be respected.
“Imagine the impression the story has caused to the family of the Late, my family and friends, Party members and supporters including those who have read the story,” he said.
Mr Mwamba is said to have insulted Mulenga Sata in a licked phone conversation which the Daily Nation newspapers has published.
Meanwhile Daily Nation reports that, Government is appalled by the brazen insults and verbal abuse against Daily Nation proprietor Richard Sakala, journalist Wallen Simwaka and Chilufya Tayali of the Zambia Voice by UPND vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.
Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has advised the UPND leadership to immediately take disciplinary action against Mr Mwamba if the opposition political party has to gain some credibility and respect from Zambians or face their electoral wrath in the August 11th general elections.
Meanwhile, Mr Kambwili said UPND president Hakainde Hichilema’s desire to get to State House at all costs had blinded him from acknowledging the appreciation of the Kwacha in the recent past against major convertible currencies and the general improved outlook of the economy.
Mr Kambwili, who is Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, said Mr Mwamba did not deserve to be in any kind of leadership position in the country because of his uncouth language against institutions and private citizens.
He said it was frightening that Mr Mwamba had threatened to shut down the Daily Nation should the UPND form Government after the general elections in August and warned Zambians to strongly reject such kind of leadership.
Speaking at a media briefing at his office yesterday, Mr Kambwili said it was frightening to imagine that Mr Mwamba could proudly be spewing invectives against citizens whom he was aspiring to lead.
He said Mr Mwamba derived a lot of pleasure in insulting fellow citizens and that the UPND chances of ever coming close to forming Government had been severely damaged by his (Mwamba) uncouth and unpalatable language.
Mr Kambwili said Mr Mwamba had exhibited the worst kind of hooliganism by calling citizens to verbally abuse them and proudly asking them to circulate his insults on social media so that as many Zambians as possible could listen how vulgar he was.
“Zambians should expect the same standard of behavior from Mr Mwamba should the UPND form Government. In fact, Mr Mwamba as republican vice-president would have no respect for any Zambian including his own president Hakainde Hichilema. Mr Mwamba derives a lot of pleasure in abusing citizens and if the UPND was a party of morals, it would be our expectation that they would take stern disciplinary action against Mr Mwamba because he is not making them desirable leaders. Hooliganism should not be tolerated in the UPND but we know that the party will not take any action for fear that the same insults could go to them,” Mr Kambwili said.