The controversial Wednesday edition of the Post Newspapers was sold out within hours of hitting the streets.
The newspapers firm managed to get a special edition out after Zambia Revenue Authority seized its assets and equipment virtually grinding its operations to a halt following a tax row.
The limited special edition which was printed from a secret location was selling at an increased cover price of K15, up from K10.
The Newspaper, in a notice on its front page explained that the price increase was due to the circumstances in which it has found itself during this period.
But the increase in its cover price did not deter readers who scrambled for the limited copies that went around shortly before lunch.
Some readers took to social media to offer to buy a copy at K20 from those that had the most sought after copy describing it as souvenir item.
And the closure of the Post Newspaper has attracted widespread condemnation with media defence and human rights groups across the world calling on President Edgar Lungu to intervene.
Amnesty International said the closure of The Post newspaper is a disturbing development clearly designed to silence critical media voices.
Amnesty International’s Director for Southern Africa Deprose Muchena said the closure of the Post is an attempt to silence independent media voices in the country ahead of an election.
Mr Muchena said the shutting down of one of Zambia’s main independent newspapers in the run-up to an election is an affront to media freedom and the authorities should immediately reverse their decision.
And the International Press Institute (IPI) also condemned the seizure of The Post newspaper which led to its shutting down of operations.
IPI Director of Advocacy and Communications Steven M. Ellis said the organisation condemns the seizure of The Post which is all the more disturbing given its proximity to the upcoming election.
Mr Ellis said the misuse of state authority to silence the only major media outlet giving opposition parties a platform can only be seen as an effort to deny voters the information they need to make an informed decision about their future and an assault on democracy.
“We urge the government to reverse this decision and allow The Post and all media outlets in Zambia to report the news freely and without pressure.”
On Tuesday, ZRA ordered the closure of the publishing company Post Newspapers Limited, demanding over K53 million in tax arrears.
But the newspaper says that ZRA is selectively applying the law to attack the news organisation.
Last year on 15 July 2015, Police arrested The Post’s Editor in Chief Fred M’membe and one of its journalists, Mukosha Funga, for an article published that March regarding a corruption scandal involving State House aide Kaizer Zulu.
Mr M’membe and Ms. Funga were arrested, spent a night in custody and charged with publishing classified information, before being released on bail before the state entered a nolle prosequi.