By Sunday Chanda
On its front-page story Friday, The Post claims that its newsroom has moved to Cathedral of the Christ Jesus for fear of attacks by the ruling party. The paper claims it did so on the advise of the Zambia Police. This follows the paper’s failure to reach a negotiated settlement with Zambia Revenue Authority that has been pursuing it for outstanding tax obligations stretching as far back as 2009.
The Patriotic Front knows that The Post’s decision to seek refuge in a church is not on account of imaginary attacks from the ruling party but instead a cowardly act that seeks but in vain to escape the long arm of the tax collector. We wish to remind The Post that the measure of man lies in his or her willingness to take responsibility for his actions and meet his obligations to society.
The paper has exhibited colossal forms of irresponsibility by pocketing the money the Zambian people have been paying every time they bought its publication. Instead, without any shade of shame, the paper’s proprietor has gone on to embellish his empire with all manner of luxury while the rest of us are taxed and our taxes go on to build the very roads and other infrastructure he continued to use without contributing to.
A man who lives this kind of a lie does not even need a whiff of breath from the PF because his own wrong doings are his waterloo. We are also aware that the influence of The Post on the Zambian people is exaggerated and mostly a fig mentation of the owner’s imagination. Zambians have multiple sources of information and sufficiently intelligent to understand the failed agenda-setting role of The Post. For this reason, again, it would be a sheer waste of our energies to seek to close a paper that has become a voice for political spent forces.
We know the paper is desperately reaching out to the international community in the hope of relief and media awards for manufactured persecution and bravery. Our President has and continues to engage the International Community through their representatives in the country and the position of government’s position clearly stated; we have nothing to do with the closure The Post!
We just wish to appeal to The Post not to drag the House of God in their own mad by desecrating its holy grounds peddling wares that do not conform to the country’s tax laws. The church, since the days of Jesus, has always recognized citizens’ obligations to the state as the Son of Man Himself demonstrated. It`s therefore hard to imagine that someone should seek to run away from an obligation that the place he is seeking sanctuary in urges its own members to respect.