MISA Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale
MISA Zambia
Chairperson
Hellen Mwale

MISA Zambia says it is saddened by the reports of an attack on two journalists in Siavonga by UPND cadres allegedly in full view of party officials during the party’s primary elections at Nabutezi Community School on Saturday.

In a statement, MISA Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale said the organisation has always called on political parties to restrain their cadres from attacking innocent journalists who are merely there to perform their duty in the interest of the public during such events.

Ms Mwale said it is disappointing that political violence against journalists is on the rise, with the latest victims being Oliver Samboko of the Daily Nation and Jubilee Malambo of Tuta Radio in Luapula.

She said it is therefore worrying especially that the country will soon hold the general elections, which MISA expects to be tightly contested.

“We would like to challenge the UPND to set an example and immediately take action against the cadres involved as they have all been identified according to the complaint received by MISA Zambia from the two victims,” Ms Mwale said.

“We reiterate the warning as has been made previously, we will not hesitate to take stern action, including private prosecution, against party cadres and other culprits whether from the ruling party or opposition involved in the infringement of media freedom.”

Ms. Mwale commended the two journalists for immediately reporting the matter to police in Siavonga, on whom the responsibility now is to ensure the law takes its course and the culprits are brought to book.

“It is our hope that the police will treat the matter with the seriousness it deserves. MISA will in the interim, engage political parties on the safeguard of media freedom and journalists in the build up to the 2016 elections given the unprecedented level of violence against journalists witnessed so far.”

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34 COMMENTS

  1. UPND is a disciplined party and will take action against those cadres but most probably they have been planted by the PF to tarnish the image of UPND. MISA has also been bribed by EL and good enough most Zambians know about this.

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    • “Where is the video or picture evidence”? “Those where PF cadres disguised as UPND”! ” Our party is perfect and intellectual”. “This MISA b!tch is a paid PF vuvuzela”. “She has no grade 12 certificate”.

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    • Disciplined party? Say that again. Kachema to this day has failed to discipline Fat Albert would went wild insulting the Zambians openly and crudely, just wait for the people’s reaction to those insults on 11 August 2016.
      If you think this a is a light matter, play that recording and get the crudeness and the way GBM was demeaning Zambians. HH has categorically refused to apologise. The church, old, young and everyone have condemned this in strongest terms but only lands on deaf ear of UPND leadership.

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    • She said it is therefore worrying especially that the country will soon hold the general elections, which MISA expects to be tightly contested……. end of quote. This kind of reporting is what is giving PF and the new Doc in town (Kambwili) sleepless nights

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    • GEOFFREY, UPND IS THE MOST INDISCIPLINE PARTY AFTER THE DEMISE OF OUR BELOVED MAN ANDY MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE. HH HAS BROUGHT A LOT THUGS IN UPND BECAUSE THE MAN WANTS TO GO INTO STATE HOUSE AT ALL COST.

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    • MISA should first challenge the PF for gagging Journalists at DEADNBC, TIMES FIMOFIMO & DAILY SNAIL before they think of removing the ‘speck’ from the UPND.

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  2. Your party has NEVER taken responsibility ever ,nothing new. Keep dreaming its allowed after all.

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  3. U ***** what has pf got to do with your unruly behaviour, embacile,cockroach,bedbug.everytime you misbehave it’s pf.dont drag pf into your nonsense.

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  4. We all know very well that the violent Mapatizya party embraces cardre violence and thuggery. Mwale You are wasting time with this request. (HH) and his senior leadership have never condemned vulgar language, violence, ritual murders or tribalism. These vices run in the blood of UPND. Only Mazoka could discipline these hooligans. (HH) is just a clown with a big Afro. He’s not presidential enough. Nawakwi is even better.

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    • #Kodot just like bano.ko she has never apologised for for giving birth to such a creature of your thinking. #banokoshudapologisr

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  5. UPND is involved and this PF prostitute speaks out. In any case, what was Tuta radio doing in Siavonga?

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    • foolish comment.
      what is BBC doing in ambia?
      anyway a tonga will always be a tonga…..
      a sleeping ilende..

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  6. I do not support violence perpetuated either the ruling party or opposition political parties. Zambia is bigger than any political party. We should embrace one another, let us not allow politics to divide us.
    My humble advise to MISA is that it should also be impartial in its discharge of duty. MISA is quick to condemn is the violence on journalist is allegedly committed by opposition party and is mute if it is the ruling party.

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  7. From a small Radio Station to go and cover a primary election in Siavonga? and Nabutezi is a remote area.. I smell….

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  8. Have the journalists lodged complaints with the Police? Since the UPND cadres were identified the Police should arrest the culprits and prosecute them in terms of the law. While Political Parties can restrain and discipline their cadres the Police should do their work and maintain law and order. ZRP does not need permission from anybody or political parties to maintain law and order or arrest people committing crimes in terms of the law and the Police Act. The Police should do their work and avoid selective application of law in dealing with offenders belonging to different political parties.

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  9. ANOTHER FAKE FATHER BWALYA PLOT. WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS OF THESE JOURNALISTS? ALSO, THERE IS ALWAYS TWO SIDES OF THE STORY – SO WHAT DID THE JOURNALIST DO? WAS HE JUST TAKING PHOTOS OR ASKING PROVOCATIVE QUESTIONS. WHY DIDN’T COMMENT THE SAME WHEN THE POST JOURNALIST WERE HARASSED – ACTUALLY BADLY BEATEN. I DO NOT THINK THERE WAS ANY BEATING INVOLVED IN THIS CASE PROBABLY CITIZEN ARREST.

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  10. WHY DIDN’T MISA COMMENT THE SAME WHEN THE POST JOURNALIST WERE HARASSED – ACTUALLY BADLY BEATEN BY PF CARDERS

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  11. There is no fairness under the sun.Here in Southern,the inspector provincial for gvt vehicles called Wangwamba is mistreating an innocent lady Kapako at work and yet big bosses in choma and Lusaka works and supply know and are just watching.Wangwamba has hidden govt vehicles and is busy corrupting big fishes with money he is making from illegal sales even before the actual BOS.I ask ACC to be active and do the right thing.Works and supply if you continue keeping this man here do not blame the people of this province.you should blame your greedness and poor adminstatration.

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  12. This corrupt officer called in Southern called Wangwamba needs a real man like Dr Kambwili to deal with him.Those Gonga officials are compromised.How can he be stealing vehicles for government and people are just looking at him ? How can he be fighting an innocent lady and he goes scott free ? These rotten eggs need to be checked.Do not tell me that you are waiting for the President.Why do you get a salary you evil men ?

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    • Why can’t that bugger be sorted out? If he is untouchable because the people in government are his friends the local people should do the needful. Otherwise the 1diot will continue to be a pain in your necks.

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  13. Its regrettable that our Tuta Radio & Daily Nation reporters met this fate. MISA & Daily Nation Management slept on duty and should shoulder the blame of exposing their members & staff by allowing them to attend the event without Police Protection. They shouldn’t say that they were not told. In a phone address of GBM to the nation through Chilufya Tayali of the Zambian Voice, he clearly stated that he was going to sort out Daily Nation. When GBM plans calamity on you, just runaway, don’t take him lightly unlike when he promises salad. Ask those who were in Ndola at time of Savoy Hotel’s MBO, they tell you what he is made of.

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  14. Upnd learn to admit when you are at faulty rather always being defensive when u corrected. When are you going to graduate from the school of under 5(SO 5U) or should we safely say you have changed to the school of 5 brains (SO 5B) now?? 😐

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  15. If the complaint has been raised let us not try to defend our people .MISA has complained lets condemn our so called follower this is bad,this zambia is our .

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  16. Wondering how and why this Radio Tuta reporter travelled almost a thousand km to cover the UPND primary elections in Siavonga.

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  17. JJ Banda a PF cadre urinated in the mouth of a reporter in Vumbwi eastern province, what has Chagwa EL done to him? UPND is a disciplined party ,does not attack journalists those were pf moles.

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  18. Lol ati PF moles. These Banamunyenge (UPND) and violence is in-born

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