Fred M’membe rebrands Post Newspapers to the Mast

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Workers from the former Post Newspaper sharing their 'Last Supper
Workers from the former Post Newspaper sharing their ‘Last Supper

Embattled Newspaper owner Fred M’membe has announced the rebranding of the Post Newspaper to what he is calling the Mast.
The Mast had its first and inaugural publication today.

It has assumed the same brand colours and lay out as the former Post.

Fred M’membe is embroiled in serious charges of tax charges which has seen the station facing possible liquidation.
On Wednesday evening, the last surviving workers of The Post had what they called their last supper.

Below is Fred Mmembe’s New Editorial

THE MAST WE ARE HERE AND HERE FOR A PURPOSE

Sometimes life forces you to take up responsibility you are not ready to shoulder; to become a parent before you are mature. This is the case of The Mast.

This newspaper was supposed to be launched on December 13, the day article 4 of the one party state constitution was repealed in 1990 to pave way for a multiparty political dispensation and a plural society in Zambia.

Even the name of this newspaper was not going to be The Mast, but something else.

We had to make adjustments to everything, including the name, to give solidarity to The Post and its example, its selflessness, its courage, clarity, honesty, integrity and indeed intelligence.

The last quarter of Zambia’s history cannot be written or talked about without mentioning, quoting The Post.

There is no institution over the last two and half decades that has contributed to the governance of this country more than The Post, its editors and staff.

No wonder Fred M’membe, the editor of The Post, is respected worldwide and honoured as a press freedom hero and a recipient of numerous international media and journalism awards.

We have no doubt that the ideas and principles that The Post advanced and defended will continue to live in the hearts of all Zambians of goodwill.

In the midst of political harassment brought about by corruption and other abuses in our country, victimised by an Olympic disinformation campaign and subjected to all sorts of pressure than any other institution in this country, The Post still held on to its founding principles and integrity.

The pressure on The Post has been very high such that even us, its friends, those who admired it the most, were starting to get worried about how long it was going to be able to withstand these attacks, pressures without compromising its principles.

However, despite what happened the evening of Tuesday when a provisional liquidation order was granted to Lewis Mosho, a lawyer who has got so many issues against him and is not, by law, fit to hold the office of liquidator, we were firmly convinced that The Post will emerge victorious from the battle.

The Post staff and its editors seem to have a contagious, enthusiastic belief that this overwhelming period is transitory, like an insolent storm cloud that blots out the light of the sun for a short time.

We spent a bit of time yesterday with Post staff trying to find out what had happened and what the future was.

They talked to us about their boundless confidence in the Zambian people and human beings in general and we were saddened when they spoke of the weaknesses, grudges, envy and ambitions that frequently surrounded many political leaders and have not also spared us in the media.

They reminded us about the importance of fighting for others, saying that one who can’t fight for others will never fight for himself when the time to do so comes.

Their belief in human solidarity, even under these difficult times they are facing, is unbelievable. We were reminded of what Samora Machel said about solidarity: “…It is not an act of charity: it is an act of unity between allies fighting on different terrains toward the same objective. Foremost of these objectives is to aid the development of humanity to the highest level possible.” In the same spirit, we will render this solidarity as taught to us by The Post.

We will continue the work that The Post was doing while introducing and developing our own brand of journalism. One can try to imitate The Post, but it is not easy – The Post is The Post.

We will work very hard to ensure that The Post comes back as soon as possible and take up the space it has carved for itself in our national life. We will be more than happy to struggle to create our own identity.

For now, we will try to, as much as possible, do what The Post had been doing in addition to our own.

When The Post comes back, we will compete with them – of course in the positive sense – because our country needs a plural media. One voice is not enough.

More diverse voices are needed and that’s what a plural media system entails. No one should be left behind in terms of coverage.

But no single news media outlet can cover everything and everyone at the same time and in the same way.
Right now, the media landscape is tilted towards one group and one voice.

Only the voices of those in the ruling Patriotic Front and its government and those, in one way or the other, affiliated to them are heard.

But it is said that to hear one voice clearly, we must be allowed to hear all voices clearly.

The Post tried very hard to achieve this with its highly professional and accurate reporting.

Whatever one reads or hears, one had to wait for The Post to confirm if it’s really true.

Today, that voice has been silenced by a judicial action that should have not been allowed in a more fair and just society.

But this is Zambia! Judiciary decisions are determined by where one stands vis-à-vis those in power.
We asked The Post why they still bother going to court. The response was: do we have a choice? What other options are there?

And in the spirit of solidarity, we urge Post journalists to supply us with stories whenever they can on a basis that is mutually beneficial.

But we must emphasise that as long as we continue to believe that The Post will be back, we will not take any of its staff on a full time basis; nobody will be poached.

If we recruited from The Post right now, that would be betrayal and it will just go to confirm what we were told yesterday when we asked about the betrayals of its former staff: “If Judas could betray the Lord Jesus Christ after being with him for three years, who are we?”

We were also reminded of how Caesar was shocked when he saw that Brutus was part of the group killing him.

We were also reminded of the emotion and meaning behind Caesar’s famous words: “Et tu brute (And you Brutus!).”
It’s a strange way of announcing our birth.

But again, what choices do we have? What alternatives are there for us? What is important is that we are here and here for a purpose.

Front Cover of the Mast Newspaper formerly the Post Newspaper

159 COMMENTS

    • +50
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      Don’t play with Fred Mmembe, he is way ahead of the visionless PF of Lungu.
      This is just the beginning of the battle, Mmembe 3 & violent highly primitive PF 0.
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

    • +44
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      Fred can go to any length and depth and say anything that befits him but if he neglect to pay tax like anyone else in the world them he is nothing but a criminal and he will be treated like one. Meanwhile dbz will soon pounce on him.
      My advice to him is to clean his tax record and bang he will be free I insult anyone because according to his thinking it’s only him who has human rights than those he insults.

    • +8
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      Hahaha Mmembe is such a conny, conniving and canny individual. Anyway this new newspaper move has been public knowledge for some time now. He has been helped out by some international organization and other tainted individuals of his ilk.

    • +25
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      You can open as many Newspapers as possible but bottom line is you still have to pay tax on your new businesses. This troll thinks he is above the law! Too bad his clowns lost the elections!

    • +26
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      Only in Zambia where people celebrate lawlessness just because the individual involved doesn’t support their political enemy.

    • +19
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      THE MAST NEWSPAPER MUST PAY TAXES TO AVOID AN EMBARRASSING SITUATION LIKE ITS COUSIN, THE POST NEWPAPER
      Meanwhile, finally Mmembe gives up the Lucifer’s file aka Post Newspaper, the tax evading entity. What shall we call the Mast Newspaper then? Well, if it continues with lies, hate speech, exaggeration, insults, Name calling, Malice, Envy and jealousy, inciting hate, intolerance, holier than thou stance, side-kicks, tyrany; we shall equally brand it The Devils File.
      Mmembe is no saint; his hands are as filthy as the corrupt politicians and the people he purports to report negatively about. Holier than thou!

    • +12
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      Only in Zambia…this is why we need fair and equal tax policies for all…how did Membe get away without paying tax?Why are people not getting arrested?
      The man has the cheek to legally form another limited company like some desparate 419 criminal….he is so passionate to expose others but himself does not follow the law. He is going to get away with this one like he has done with DBZ loan.

    • +14
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      And people are happy about this? This explains why Zambia and Africa in general will continue lagging behind in development. As long as we will continue extorting law breakers and criminals in the name of politics we will never go far. Amazing how someone has become a hero for refusing to honour his tax obligations. We are a generation of jokers.

    • +8
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      I knew that it was a matter of time until he came up with a surprise, but i did not think it would be this fast…….Fred 1, PF 0

    • +10
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      MMEMBE IS A THIEF
      MMEMBE IS A HYPOCRITE
      MMEMBE IS A HATER
      THESE ATTRIBUTES WILL ALWAYS BE WITH HIM EVEN UNDER THE GUISE OF THE MAST SOON TO BE THE PAST WHEN HE IS PURSUED FOR THE DBZ LOAN WHICH HE HAS NO INTENTION OF SETTLING AS IS HIS WONT

    • +8
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      Mweembe thinks he is very clever let him just wait until the time government gets him by the balls

    • +9
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      Fred M’membe has overrated himself.

      He has over-lifted himself, that is what will make him fall, and his fall will be big because the height he has placed himself will cause him to break when he falls.

    • +3
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      One Edy uwaipeye ichoni. Small body but big engine. FTJ failed, Levy equally failed, RB was bruised, It was a one all draw with Sata but Edy finally aipaya ichoni. Next is echi echi. Kiki Kiki

    • 0
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      That’s your own admiration which is centered on dillusion. Mmembe must just pay his taxes then he can say whatever he wants about the PF. Why evade taxes? I mean, imagine what a person he would be if he used to pay his taxes.

    • +7
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      This MASTurbation will be stillborn if Mmembe thinks it is the route to get Wynter Kabimba into power. We will not be force-fed by Mmembe into putting into power another tyrant like he did with Michael Satan.

    • vote

      Some jokers are celebrating tax evasion, this just shows how bent we are supporting criminals and crooks. Authorities should investigate this Mast . Is the Mast going to pay Tax as well? If they do they have to be arrested because Fred and the post needs to pay back.

    • vote

      @Back Teeth Lungu, your current leaders are followers of Satan, so whats the difference?Give us a break.

  1. +14
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    I saw this coming, Genius. Membe1, EL 0. Keep the fire burning young man, PF fools and thugs always get things wrong and they got this one aswell.

    • +4
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      One Edy finally aipaya ichoni. Where KK, FTJ and Levy failed. RB got bruised and drew with Sata. Small body but big engine aipaya ichoni. MEMBE RIP

  2. +15
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    *First Editorial: The Mast we are here and here for a purpose*

    Sometimes life forces you to take up responsibility you are not ready to shoulder; to become a parent before you are mature. This is the case of The Mast.

    This newspaper was supposed to be launched on December 13, the day article 4 of the one party state constitution was repealed in 1990 to pave way for a multiparty political dispensation and a plural society in Zambia.

    Even the name of this newspaper was not going to be The Mast, but something else.

    We had to make adjustments to everything, including the name, to give solidarity to The Post and its example, its selflessness, its courage, clarity, honesty, integrity and indeed intelligence.

    The last quarter of Zambia’s history cannot be written or talked about…

    • +7
      -2
      vote

      … without mentioning, quoting The Post.

      There is no institution over the last two and half decades that has contributed to the governance of this country more than The Post, its editors and staff.

      No wonder Fred M’membe, the editor of The Post, is respected worldwide and honoured as a press freedom hero and a recipient of numerous international media and journalism awards.

      We have no doubt that the ideas and principles that The Post advanced and defended will continue to live in the hearts of all Zambians of goodwill.

      In the midst of political harassment brought about by corruption and other abuses in our country, victimised by an Olympic disinformation campaign and subjected to all sorts of pressure than any other institution in this country, The Post still held on to its…

    • +5
      0
      vote

      .. founding principles and integrity.

      The pressure on The Post has been very high such that even us, its friends, those who admired it the most, were starting to get worried about how long it was going to be able to withstand these attacks, pressures without compromising its principles.

      However, despite what happened the evening of Tuesday when a provisional liquidation order was granted to Lewis Mosho, a lawyer who has got so many issues against him and is not, by law, fit to hold the office of liquidator, we were firmly convinced that The Post will emerge victorious from the battle.

      The Post staff and its editors seem to have a contagious, enthusiastic belief that this overwhelming period is transitory, like an insolent storm cloud that blots out the light of the sun for a…

    • +4
      0
      vote

      short time.

      We spent a bit of time yesterday with Post staff trying to find out what had happened and what the future was.

      They talked to us about their boundless confidence in the Zambian people and human beings in general and we were saddened when they spoke of the weaknesses, grudges, envy and ambitions that frequently surrounded many political leaders and have not also spared us in the media.

      They reminded us about the importance of fighting for others, saying that one who can’t fight for others will never fight for himself when the time to do so comes.

      Their belief in human solidarity, even under these difficult times they are facing, is unbelievable. We were reminded of what Samora Machel said about solidarity: “…It is not an act of charity: it is an act of unity between…

    • +4
      0
      vote

      .. allies fighting on different terrains toward the same objective.

      Foremost of these objectives is to aid the development of humanity to the highest level possible.” In the same spirit, we will render this solidarity as taught to us by The Post.

      We will continue the work that The Post was doing while introducing and developing our own brand of journalism. One can try to imitate The Post, but it is not easy – The Post is The Post.

      We will work very hard to ensure that The Post comes back as soon as possible and take up the space it has carved for itself in our national life. We will be more than happy to struggle to create our own identity.

      For now, we will try to, as much as possible, do what The Post had been doing in addition to our own.

      When The Post comes back, we…

    • +3
      -1
      vote

      ..will compete with them – of course in the positive sense – because our country needs a plural media. One voice is not enough.

      More diverse voices are needed and that’s what a plural media system entails. No one should be left behind in terms of coverage.

      But no single news media outlet can cover everything and everyone at the same time and in the same way.

      Right now, the media landscape is tilted towards one group and one voice.

      Only the voices of those in the ruling Patriotic Front and its government and those, in one way or the other, affiliated to them are heard.

      But it is said that to hear one voice clearly, we must be allowed to hear all voices clearly.

      The Post tried very hard to achieve this with its highly professional and accurate reporting.

      Whatever one…

    • +2
      0
      vote

      .. reads or hears, one had to wait for The Post to confirm if it’s really true.

      Today, that voice has been silenced by a judicial action that should have not been allowed in a more fair and just society.

      But this is Zambia! Judiciary decisions are determined by where one stands vis-à-vis those in power.

      We asked The Post why they still bother going to court. The response was: do we have a choice? What other options are there?

      And in the spirit of solidarity, we urge Post journalists to supply us with stories whenever they can on a basis that is mutually beneficial.

      But we must emphasise that as long as we continue to believe that The Post will be back, we will not take any of its staff on a full time basis; nobody will be poached.

      If we recruited from The Post right now,…

    • +3
      0
      vote

      If we recruited from The Post right now, that would be betrayal and it will just go to confirm what we were told yesterday when we asked about the betrayals of its former staff: “If Judas could betray the Lord Jesus Christ after being with him for three years, who are we?”

      We were also reminded of how Caesar was shocked when he saw that Brutus was part of the group killing him.

      We were also reminded of the emotion and meaning behind Caesar’s famous words: “Et tu brute (And you Brutus!).”

      It’s a strange way of announcing our birth.

      But again, what choices do we have? What alternatives are there for us? What is important is that we are here and here for a purpose.
      Source~The Mast~ it digs deep too.
      TSK
      ~206~

  3. +12
    -18
    vote

    PAY THE TAX YOU I.DIOT. YOUR USELESS MAST WILL BE INHAILED IF YOU CONTINUE WITH THE CRIMINAL NAYURE OF TAX EVASION. THE NEW PAPER IS THE RUBBISH

    • +6
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      vote

      “…No wonder Fred M’membe, the editor of The Post, is respected worldwide and honoured as a press freedom hero and a recipient of numerous international media and journalism awards…”

      Delusions of grandeur, how do you blow your own trumpet like this!?

      A one man moonshining business, with a few casual former Post workers supplying stories.

      You have really fallen.

  4. +11
    -11
    vote

    This is reckless trading. The Liquidator will inform all the Banks and all stakeholders, if Fred is the Director of this same MAST. He is going nowhere, he cant have the post liquidated and start another business in the same trade, What do the Articles and Memorandum say about a person whose business has been liquidated? The law does not allow that until after a number of years minimum should be 5 years.

    Fred is going nowhere with this MAST, unless seriously he is neither Shareholder or Director. Besides which rightful investor will put funds in a business that will flaunt statutory obligations with impunity.

    • +6
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      vote

      There are lots of people who got their businesses liquidated such as Sardanis, Bwalya Ng’andu, etc who have not been barred under the Companies Act from becoming directors of other companies.

    • +8
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      vote

      That is why the MAST will not be a replica of the POST. Fred will have problems to operate a paper the way he operated the post. I can site a few as follows;

      The printing machinery will be hard to get, because the POST machinery which he got in 2002 was through loans and assistance from international donors etc. Fred is really done. No Bank will finance him, I can assure you. He is more than a Risk in real sense.

      Well from a few of his sympathizers, may be he will survive. Only GOD knows.

    • +4
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      vote

      The Post operated as a legal entity, it’s the paper which is in problem and not the owner.

    • +7
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      vote

      Mmembe and the post are separate individuals. Its the post that owes taxes to the govt not Mmembe.

    • +2
      0
      vote

      Work up! Lolo and Ole smokes, Directors sign sureties and no Bank can provide an entity without the official surety of a person posing as a Director.

      Please Revisit your knowledge about financial obligations.

  5. +3
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    WHETHER YOU PAINT A LEOPARD BLACK OR BLUE TO HIDE ITS SPOTS, IT STILL REMAINS A LEOPARD WITH ITS BLACK SPOTS AGAINST A YELLOWISH SKIN. IT REMAINS A PREDATOR, STALKING ITS PREY AND FEASTING ON TH VULERABLE. WHAT MEMBE SHOULD DO IS TO PRODUCE HI ILLGOTTEN LOOT FROM TRUCKING COPPER AND PAY WHAT HE OWES, DUCKING AND DIVING WILL NOT SAVE HIS SKIN. A LEOPARD CANNOT BE SAVED BY COVERING ITS SPOTS. I WILL BE KILLED FOR WHAT IT IS, A PREDATOR. THIS IS ONE SURE FOOLISH WAY OF EXPOSING HIS WEAKNESSES, BECAUSE ZRA WILL STILL SEIZE ALL ASSETS ASSOCIATED WITH MEMBE. AND SO WILL THE LIQUIDATOR. WHAT A SILLY ASS THIS CHAP IS!!!

    • vote

      @11 kalampa
      “Liquidation” means scavenging on the carcass. Let ZRA exhume the skeleton of the Post and dispose of its remains.

  6. +7
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    vote

    Stubbornness does not pay! Some people may think that is bravery or courageousness. Mumbwe ukulila pali uko ashintilile amatako!! Let this chap Mumembe know that paying tax to government is a responsibility of all and the only sure way of helping our government to implement all programmes.

  7. +4
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    LUCIFER, THE GATE KEEPER IN HEAVEN BELIEVED HE HAD THE BEST BRAINS, HE WAS THE MOST HUNDSOME OF ALL THE ANGELS, HE WAS THE BEST ANGEL. TH RISE AND FALL FROM GRACE OF LUCIFER IS VERY WELL WRITTEN OUT AND THE QURAN AND THE JEWISH TORA. THAT IS WHRE THE TERM PRIDE COMES BFORE A FALL. THE EMPTY EDITORIAL CLAIMING HE IS THE SOLE DEFENDER OF LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS IN ZAMBIA IS AN INSULT TO ALL ZAMBIANS, AND A VISIONLESS HALLUCINATION. HE IS NOTHING BUT A PARANOID, SELF INFLATED DESPOT WHO FEELS AND THINKS IS HEROWORSHIPPED. HIS END IS THE SAME AS LCIFERS’, TO BE BANISHED TO THE PUT OF HELL AND INSTEAD OF BEING CALLED MEMBE, HE WILL BE CALLED SATAN, THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS.

    • +4
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      vote

      That’s a little too harsh. Don’t you think the incompetence of the tax collectors is also to blame? Besides the govt is full of extremely corrupt people who cannot explain the origins of their wealth. Lungu has already amassed riches beyond belief, has he paid tax on it, do you think?

  8. +6
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    vote

    I hope Mmembe has learnt his lesson despite its brutality. When you side with a cobra be ware of its venom and the action of those who hate snakes. When Sata became his bed mate he even started inciting tribal hatred by calling others Bantustans in order to gain favours and be part of the power gurus. He called Sata all sorts of praises just to be able to influence him. Its at that time that the post died whether he likes it or not. Comments of hatred towards the post above are simply as a result of that phase of the paper. Riches have a way of getting into people’s heads and that coupled with power is what went into Mmembe’s head. No sooner did Sata die did he realise he was standing on sinking sand. So his tribulations now are his own making and fools can decide to be in his bandwagon…

  9. +8
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    Fred M’membe. This guy is simply a press freedom hero. like they say, you cant block water, it rises till it spills over. we welcome the mast.

  10. +7
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    The gloves are off, the Past has been laid to rest and the Must or should I say the Mast launched. We hope like any other company, newspaper etc. the necessary legal provisions have been followed and that the Past will furnish the Liquidator with its assets and liabilities. But then of course, Fred says the liquidator is not a fit and proper person to liquidate the Past. He Fred is a lawyer like Lewis and at law he is expected to address Lewis with due respect but since Fred wishes to go personal am sure LAZ if approached can step in. It is not untold for a crooked man to let one company die to avoid paying taxes and form another but its not just the employees that must change it is also the base and assets. The Banks too via credit rating may find they are bound not to bank monies. Fred…

  11. +2
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    vote

    never mind about all pf go go go go go fred fight and finish the battle no this pipo talking who dont hv companys for pipo to work and put food on table only garden boy mo ka servant quarter

  12. +3
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    Stanley Laban – You are chocking with envy. The battle lines have been drawn. That thief Mosho can never be a liquidator. Please Mmembe come back otherwise without you on the market these thieves will steal with impunity. Bala Laban amafi yapona mwitoloshi. Keekeekeekeekee. Welcome The Postmast.

    • +3
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      INSTEAD of you analysing issues intelligently and for you to advise your friend FRED to do things correctly in future you are busy pouring words such as “amafi”. One would wonder your brain status, whether you are not the amafi yourself.

      I believe you still have a chance to respect other human being views without necessarily exploding the way you are going about.

      GOD loves you.

    • +2
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      vote

      @Stanley, well said, and mind you these are the same chaps who swore the The Post can NEVER be closed!

    • vote

      @21 Ndanje khakis
      Donald Trump never paid Federal Taxes for at least two decades, reportedly filed for bankruptcy along the way. Today, his business, re-branded, is still intact. Within a few days from today, Americans will be lining up at ballot boxes across that vast country to elect him president. His business acumen, they claim, is his most ennobling merit. What do you mean when you say: “”These are just childish games by a demented mind”?

  13. +6
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    The Mast will be a becon of free, unpoluted information. There is a great market place for this paper. This paper will make money.

    Lungu and his gang of theives thought every one was going to be dancing dununa reverse while they mismanage and steal.

    Mr membe I hope you have learned you lesson, you helped PF to power, a party supported by all major crookes in zambia at the time. You helped them in let’s see you help get the out.

    May God bless the Mast.

  14. +8
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    Membe has put lungu is a tight corner. Lungu needs foreign investment and the IMF that means he need the west who care and have conditions like press freedoms on there assistance and money they give.

    The chinese dont care about press freedoms but have reached their limits of giving lungu loans. Zambia is not viable enough for more Chinese loans. They are not stupid and will only give you so much balanced against unknowns like if there is a change of
    goverment.

    I don’t think the west will stand for lungus budding dictatorship while zambia is on its knees economically. Looks to me like the Mast is hear to stay.

    • +4
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      If IMF cared about press freedom it would not have given Egypt 12 billion $ which was based ONLY on devaluing the Egyptian pound by 48%.

    • +6
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      Egypt and its current regime are a strategically important , vital asset for the USA and Israel in the middle east. They will pay and give anything for the survival of sisi and his regime who are countering Islamic fundamentalism.

      Zambia is of almost no strategic pr commetcial value to the west. Zambia is in fact a burden. The only asset worth the US can care about in zambia is their new embassy.

    • vote

      @25.2 Spaka like lilo
      “…The only asset worth the US can care about in zambia is their new embassy,”which is only brick and mortar!

  15. +4
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    okay had to change paper title due to receivership manager could have demanded post newspaper daily proceeds

  16. +9
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    Love him or loathe him, you to stand in solidarity with the man trying to fight for press freedom. Zambians shock me when they can allow tyrants like Lungu take away the very checks and balances that are fundamental to the functioning of a democracy.

    Yes Fred Mmembe has his flaws and weaknesses as a human being (we all are)… Due to greedy in all of us he strayed from his crusade of exposing political vices and embraced Sata. I, like many others, felt betrayed. But it would political catastrophe to allow Lungu to become an unchecked dictator with limitless power.

    Now is the time to stand up for the common good of the future of our country. Viva Fred Mmembe, long live press freedom!

    • vote

      its really shocking that some pipo are so ignorant about what democracy means. You only listen to to ZNBC that sings songs of praise to the ruling party and you feel so proud. uuuhhhh maverick this this a country of educated pipo that are not wise.

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    Whatever this little man thinks he has done, he is starting from zero! Mosho wants the assets register iwe Mumembe, pronto!!!

    By the way, is The Mast also being printed on manilla paper!!? (snerk)

  18. +4
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    Mmembe or Mast whatever you call yourself, take it from me, you may have three or four lives but all life ends at some point. Yours is now. That thing is still-born fit for the pit latrine.
    Which corporates will buy your paper or even advertise in it? Which corporate wants its name associated with tax evasion and loan evasion? Which corporate will buy your paper, pay VAT and other taxes knowing that it is going into Fred Mmembe’s pocket? The days of Post or Mast as a newspaper are long gone, if you do survive it is not as a business but an NGO called Mast and funded by well wishers. Unfortunately HH is not one of the well wishers for he will soon be broke…..thinking yama donkeys kuti wapapa….hiho hiho hiho hiho hiho.

    • +3
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      The post made a large part of its profits from individuals advertising in it. All the mast needs is the market, which unfortunately for lungu zambians are hungry for independent news and the more you try to made it forbidden the more demand will grow.

      Only undemocratic brutality will stop publication and selling of this paper , on what grounds will lungu answer to the west why he is banning the Mast ?

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    Any business must be registered so how is this mast going to sail without the wind. Anyone selling this illegal item is liable to prosecution.

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      And how is lungu going to sail with out assistance from the west including the IMF ?
      Any delay or blocking registration of the Mast will without a doubt will see a delay in the foe comming assistance.

      Lungu thought the west was turning a blind eye to his harassment and budding dictatorship. This is the soft underbelly of a dictator of a poor country like zambia—the desperate need for Western assistance.
      Zambia is of no strategic or commercial value to the west. They can shut lungu out of the global commercial system with in an instant.

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    I just hope that the children of Mmembe and the well known members of the cartel especially the lawyers, will have learnt that crookedness does not pay.

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      @36 dodoma
      “Post”is a piece of wood – a pole. “Mast”is also a piece of wood – a stronger pole, one strong enough to withstand a heavy storm, such as at sea. “Past”implies “gone”- such as “Gone with the wind.”

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    Mmembe is the man. Iam sure is neither a director or a shareholder. He has outsmarted Lungu. The only way they can stop him is to silence him for ever which will be their end too. Zambia is in a bad shape at the moment and no one can let these evil men continue ruling this country. Their time is near!

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    @36 dodoma, thats brilliant. Probably that is what Mmemve is telling us….kikikiki
    Whatever, I cannot imagine how the Post workers have allowed Mmembe to turn them into donkeys. What he is telling them is that their terminal benefits are gone with the Post, that the Mast is a totally different entity to which they have no claim, and that with the Mast he is assuring them of only casual jobs. And the donkeys seem to be happy while Mmembe enjoys all their moneys which he has stashed away in off shore accounts. Ati dedicated Post workers! My foot, more like donkey workers to me! Hiho hiho hiho hiho hiho hiho…

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    Some people don’t understand simple laws. The post was a limited company therefore ZRA can only sale properties owned by the post not house for the director. Maybe in Zambia you have another type of Limited liability company since Lungi is in power.

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    Lungu bukuba! He thought he was killing the Post without realising it has messianic characteristics of rising from the departed. Whatever type of lawyer Lungu is, he must be a very dull one.

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    Now, because of the f.oolishness exibited by the government in dealing with this matter, The Post is liquidated and Zambia has lost millions because The Post shall never pay the money they owned ZRA. Lungu beware, you are the one we will come for sooner to pay this money back. And by the way if this is why you want 7 years to delay the eventual owning up, wailasha!

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    M’membe is in a tight corner these are the last kicks we should just wait and see at you said no one can close the post even himself thought so,today is in a rude shock the post is gone,it’s like a chicken without the head.

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    The big boys are behind this….the donors who want an independent source of information to check on the possible government abuse of the funds they donate. If Trump wins next week as US President all small African dictators (including ECL) will disappear in the coming years. Mark my words. Be informed don’t be like a typical cadre from a ruling party who sees nothing wrong with the government all the time.

    The Mast we welcome you.

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    Hope returns the same employees, should pay them well for their sacrifices and pays tax this time. … He knew what he was doing all this while..

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    PLEASE MAST WE ARE STARVED WITH NEWS. WHEN ARE YOU COMING? I STOPPED BUYING NEWSPAPERS ON THE STREETS NOW. SAME NEWS FROM THAT FORMER CONVICT PRAISING WRUNGU ALL THE WAY. LET US SEE WHAT THAT MOSHO BABOON WILL DO. PLEASE FOLLOW HIM AND INVESTIGATE HIM. TELL US MORE ABOUT FUEL AGENTS BEFORE WE START PAYING K21.00 PER LITRE.

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    If you are a reporter, you would never mock your colleagues because of what they are going through today. If you think the person suffering is M’membe then you have to check if you are wearing your correct set of brains because our colleagues at the Post are the ones bearing it all. Actually, it is hypocritical stupidity to rejoice over another person’s predicament even if that person was to be your bitter enemy.

    Lastly, ba Lusaka Times, if you have reporters, kindly stop promoting a culture of laziness by telling them to step out of the newsroom, if you have one, and gather stories instead of copying other people’s work. You have been copying and pasting stories from the Daily Nation without acknowledgement. I dont need to remind you that the stories we write don’t come on a…

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    Zambia in the Sun! So Rebranding but muchili nenkongole ku buteko naku ba bombfi awe nga bweaume uyu katwishi ifilichetika. #ndelolesyafye

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    Even the Mast Will be liquidated. Till Mmembe is declared Bankrupt. There is no where to hide. He can kick and kick, Fart and Fart, MASTurbate and MASTurbate. The law will still follow him . Too many cases Mr Mmembe. It is curtains now.

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    There a lot of clean people who can do this job of checks and balances, has for Freed, he is greedy. if his Mast continue in the way of evading tax. the same problem the post Faced will follow. i can assure you.The way to do it he must be a law abidding citizen. You cannot call your friend a thief, when you have stolen sugar in your hands. it is hypocrisy of its high level. And Mmembe is such a person. we do need a government which cannot be challenged no! we also does need criminal ,who hide in the name of free press no.

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    if mmembe is hidding in the name of corporation, the courts will lift the veil of his criminality.it is criminal not to pay tax in America or Uk. he should have been behind bars. Do not support him because you think he can sing for you. advise him to pay his taxes.

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    DOES IT MEAN ALL ZAMBIAN JOURNALISTS ARE SO DULL THAT THEY CANNOT PROVIDE CHECKS AND BALANCES UNLESS M’MEMBE ALONE.? ONLY M’MEMBE CAN DO IT. SO WITHOUT THE POST YOU JOURNALISTS ARE DOOMED. SO WITHOUT M’MEMBE PRESS FREEDOM IN ZAMBIA IS ABSENT? LET HIM PAY HIS TAXES. IF YOU LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE DONT THROW STONES. IT SEEMS THIS PRESS FREEDOM IS A HAVEN FOR LAWLESSNESS?

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    @51 & 52, mushota. Good observation.

    Now, can UPND tell me why they are not commenting on the recent throwing out of the Concourt challenge by HH and his running mate GBM (or are they now called president and vice president of UPND)? It was a disgraceful loss by HH, with Justice Mugeni Mulenga’s opinion of HH and GBM? Very low opinion indeed of the two and it’s a fact.

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    Well Done! PF thought they could silence you? They will silence the Post but not You. Welcome Mast……..

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    Comment:zPf is so vicious to close Post allegedly over tax and yet times, daily and Znbc owes millions in tax , napsa and other obligations and yet they remain open. It was not about tax but extinguish dissenting and divergent views.

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    I sense some jealousy and begrudging admiration of M’membe by his haters. I can’t help but marvel at Fred’ instinct to survive.

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    The tenant has no rights to refuse to pay the bills when the due is over. If pay it will show good lucky.

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    The Weekly Post was phenomenal, The post was a thorn until it evolved into a pest. The Mast is but corpse. RIP.

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    Comment:Fred I salute u, with you around I always fill complete continue being a man of principles, the voice of every zambians inclusive of those in government today who are yet to realize they are working against themselve others unknowingly while some deliberately I know it will not be long even the president himself will realize u mean well to him and that’s when he will begin looking around trying to figure out the details of how he missed his way, I say so coz thise giving him coverage today (times, daily and znbc) had once worked against all our former Presidents after leaving office, including sata when he was in opposition also Banda was a daily negative subject hence it’s important to do that which will stand a taste of tym

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    what is the problem with some people in our country? U dont talk about something u dont know, some few ****** cant see tht that was apropergand by pf to close en finish the post so tht only their voices remains sory u re busy talkin about a tax do u really understand wht a tax is en who is to pay that talkable tax? Do u understand its canons learn to shut up if u re empty tins. We know tht some u depends on pf such that u do not appear on the media u wont get a nut so be coz we know u but lest be asured one day u will join us fighting dictatorial govts coz u be a victim of this u re supporting today gt

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      HH Tichilema the issues that should concern all of us are the impending 300% increase in ZESCO tariffs & the further increase in fuel prices not these tactics of a brutal dictator – how about what your Corncort ordered your ministers to pay back, when are they going to?

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    Govts comes and go/disappear. But the Post have lived since UNIP. Now it has even got birth to Mast. Plz judge from history not just what you wish.

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      Yes, the Post oversaw the demise of UNIP and its One Party Participatory Democracy. It helped bring to an end an ugly legacy. It helped remake Zambia. We have a tendency to forget our history. Free Press is cardinal, in any democracy. In Zambia, the Post, almost single-handedly helped keep aflame that flicker. How keen we seem to be, to pour out the baby with the bath water!

      That’s how much of a danger we are to ourselves. Let the tax man do his job. It’s not everything. Zambia needs Press Freedom as well, just as much as it does everything else.

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    Fred M’membe is a criminal whether he wears angelic gowns or not. He has proven himself to be a person who only lowly minded people can admire. “PRIDE COMES BEFORE A FALL” After all that effort of building the Post, he just ends it like that, strange indeed. We wish you well but be careful to pay what belongs to the people of zambia, PAY TAX.

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    Who paved way for MMD, PF to come into power? And today you forsake your upkeeper? Don’t play with fire. Yes, Mmembe is not fire, but who is at Mmembe’s back. You need to hatch out from disinformation. The author of this article mentioned an important element as “Olympic disinformation.”

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    Mmembe and the Post Newspapers called late President Mr FTJ Chiluba a thief even in his death…Little did I realise that Mmembe and the Post Newspapers were just criminals who had managed to brainwash Zambians into believing that they were saints and holy and that whatever they published was Gospel truth…

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    Everyone writing about M’membe’s tax evasion cases, should remember these happened during the reign of Late Sata.

    Am not trying to justify anything but he’s behaviour (tax evasion) during the time speaks volumes of the powers that were.

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    In the High Court today, the judge asked Nchito & Nchito what they were doing in court acting as legal representatives for Post. Very interesting and smart these judges are. You see
    1. There is a court order for liquidation and a liquidator was appointed
    2. The liquidator fired Nchito and Nchito using hus powers
    3. Nchito and Nchito are asking the court to set aside its order for liquidation. This means that they do recognise the order.
    4. So unless or until the court overturns its own order, the powers of the Post are with the liquidator that the Court appointed.
    5. So if they recognise the order for liquidation, they should also accept that they have been fired by the liquidator.
    6. Catch 22 for Post, Mmembe and cartel of Nchitos but straight issue for the Court and the…

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    Contd…
    6. Catch 22 for Post, Mmembe and cartel of Nchitos but straight issue for the Court and the liquidator.
    7. Where to mr Mmembe, caught in a legal bind like your accomplice HH.
    8. So the Nchitos only looked smart because they controlled state power as cartel, in reality they are very dull lawyers, donkeys in short…hiho hiho hiho hiho hiho hiho hiho.

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    Haha foolish Bwana Mmembe just the name itself .”The Mast” depends on the ill wind to take your sinking ship to places…you’re still going aground regardless.

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    I hope it has e-paper like the Post.I always bought the on-line version for $0.99 than read from the website.The other media like Lusaka Times,Daily Mail and Times are just their to glance the headlines.Daily Nation ni waste of time..

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    The Post, Daily Nation, The Mast are not what we old fashioned readers can call decent piece of journalism. They are conduits of lies and merchants of hatred. They don’t report, they influence a reader to what they “think ” is right.

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    President ECL has nothing to do with the Must, Mast, Most or whatever you call Mmembe’s new paper.
    ECL was interested in the people of Zambia getting their taxes from the Post paid.

    If your name is Silas and it is Changed to Paul, there are reasons that necessitate that change. For Fred it is not a positive development, running away from one prison cell to another.
    Fred, to fools, is a very intelligent man but to those with common sense he is …

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    NOW REAL NEWS IS BACK. WELCOME THE MAST. STRIP THE CORRUPT AND INEFFICIENT PF GOVERNMENT NAKED. LET EVERYONE KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE PF LIES.

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    At long last i will have a paper to buy freely from the streets. Thank you “POST” for the contribution you have made politically, economically, socially, and the enhancement of democratic principles that have virtually crumbled. For now zambia’s illiteracy levels have been worsened by the misinformation by the propaganda peddled by the state owned media and the hungry wolves like the Daily Nation. The Mast will be a must read for me at whatever cost. Its for sure dununa reverse. While the Daily nation in 2011 waged a virtuous campaign against PF and SATA today they are Bed fellows just like Dora. Peddle down in reverse gear.

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    They must liquidate the Post and declare Mmembe bankrupt.

    Once declared bankrupt, Mmembe cannot form any company in the country unless after 5 years.

    The Court must also rule that even after 5 years, he should (akese na abafyashi, makolo) bring parents when registering a new company before the public take him seriously

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    The Post was welcome. The Mast is also welcome. The Mast will enjoy the legendary customary hospitality of Zambian households and further beyond. The question that will keep popping up on all lips is: Has the legal process for The Post been exhausted? What is the difference between The Post and The Mast ? Is a new editorial policy desirable? Who is providing the Start Capital? The disruption is sad because growth needed to be sustained. The forensic audit is required to tell the story of the rise and fall of The Post. A compelling case for an alternative business model leading to a win-win situation appears feasible. More competition, more employment, more taxes, more profits.

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    Viva M’Membe: Changwa and his agents of violence and destruction can close the Post temporarily but they can’t stop ideas of visionaries; RB failed and Changwa will fail.

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    The problem with us Zambians is that we rush to make conclusions without bothering to read. The Post has been liquidated, but the it will fight in court to see it back on the market. Meanwhile, The Mast has been born. Viva to Free Press!

    Am sure M’membe has learnt his lesson for not paying TAX. You who are throwing stones at him, what have you done for mother Zambia that which is positive?

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    Paying Tax is law. Why should you praise MMEMBE for evading tax? This criminal is even lucky for not being in prison now. Regardless of what he does to mother Zambia but if he breaks the law then let the same law visit him. This guy is a bigger criminal than the shop lifter who was recently sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour.

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    mwana m’membe has never evaded tax. no company in zambia does not owe the ZRA monies. read between the line, he is being prosecuted for telling you and me the police. go and ask the ZRA how much ZNBC,TIMES OF ZAMBIA,DAILY MAIL owe them. you will be shocked. research them call m’membe names mwana.

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    PF / Lungu sympathisers the merchants of demons and death, the tax you always talk about is a total pretext to close the post
    Lungu wants to enrich himself by all means and to do he needs to silence the private media houses as this will stop people to know what he is doing with the likes of Kaizer Zulu. Any company that has not paid tax is treated the same way as any other. Closing the has a full support a land blessing from Lungu. The courts are a skull of a failed country! The judges are corrupt as that of the one leading it. This is the lady justice who was known for her straight thinking and honest but the Chief Justice has lost her credibility . She was seen as the fresh air but she dormant and her actions are a skull of a failed judicial. I’m not a sympathiser of the post or…

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    Its the post newspaper that owes govt money in tax not fred membe. Postnewspaper and fred are not one by law this is wat we say separet leagal entity.

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