Police in Kasama yesterday detained the entire Radio Mano news crew after ruling PF officials accused the Journalists of being sympathetic to the opposition UPND.

Tobias Mangani, Henry Kangwa, Nzala Hangubo, Patrick Kabwe and Abigail Musonda have been arrested and slapped with a charge of using insulting language against party officials.

This was after The PF officials during a live radio programme on Radio Mano accused the entire newsroom of being sympathetic to the UPND.

The five Journalists were thrown in police cells at Kasama Central Police station and were only released on police bond around 17 Hours.

Meanwhile, Kasama police yesterday attempted to arrest Muvi TV Kasama based Journalist Njenje Chizu for covering the arrest of the Radio Mano news crew.

The Police however managed to warn instruct Chizu not to show the news clip of the arrest of Radio Mano Journalists on Muvi TV.

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    • @Techilema this is what happens when you become a slave to a party or leader. You only choose to hear/see what you want & not what you need to hear/see.

      This story was reported last night (Zambian Time) on Muvi TV. You PF cadres will always remain soaked in slavery because of the ties you have with the party. Selfish B.ustards

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    • What will be the charge. So being sympathetic to something is now a crime in this country. We are certainly living in strange times. This sounds like pure intimidation of journalists by the police.

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    • President Lungu is throwing on them like a ton of bricks lol . It is also possible that 2 or 3 or all of these journalists voted for PF lol. Ati Lungu is a humble man & busy cutting BIBLE cakes but keeping a blind eye on people rights. There will be a lot of misuse of power by ECL. ECL will use the police and there will not be private media to provide credible news like in Zimbabwe. I am not happy with the state of affairs because these police can beat anyone, e.g a relative, a friend, and my fellow Zambians. HH & GBM will be incarcerated many times before the next elections which again will see ECL win with a bigger margin through rigging. Tulimuchibe guys. And don’t forget 7 years term is on and it shall pass unfortunately.

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    • PF doesn’t understand the importance of freedom of expression, as enshrined in the constitution.
      Lungu’s incompetent PFolice & party are allergic to media freedom. Any media that features opposition political parties, esp UPND, the entire journalists are victimized by Lungu’s failed PF. Yet dancing dununa backwardness in churches whilst on Jameson! Its a folly to intimidate free citizens by dictatorial Lungu. PF leave the journalists to do their work, let people judge.
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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    • How about changing the relics to that pf song” ba Zambia finshi mulefwaya, natwishiba fwebene eeh, lung eeh lung eeh eotulefwaya”

      To something like this “ba pf finshi muletina, namwishiba mwebene eeh”

      What is pf scared of mwebantu?

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    • Does it matter who writes? Should the matter not be (a) on the content of the story, and (b) whether it is true or not? If true, this is a time bomb and when it explodes, not even you will be able to survive it.

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    • Chagwa Lungu must fall at all cost before he destroys completely destroys peaceful Zambia.

      Lungu and all his PF crew are despots who need to removed from power because they are importing cruelty from Zimbabwe and Uganda.

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    • @HHTechilema

      You should go and ask Kambwili how it feels to be on the other side of the fence. Now the stupid Kambwili is quickly realising that PF is a rogue regime.

      For you all is ok under PF until PF police accuse you and squeeze your tweno.

      Will you stop being in denial that Zambia under Lungu is a failed state. Lungu is full fledged dictator now.

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    • Zambia has become the new Zimbabwe/North Korea – and all this is happening under a “humble president”!!

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  1. This country has gone to the dogs,why so much intimidation on media houses and journalist .time will catch up with u enjoy while it last .

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    • PF bandits & Lungu’s charlatan mates are scared of their own shackled skeletons of incompetence.
      These bandits have forgotten that without the media~esp Mmembe’s Post~ whilst they were wallowing in opposition, Sata’s PF wouldn’t be in power. Illegal power through dubious acts leads to media encroachment by dictatorial, violence & visionless PF at the helm of Lungu.
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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  2. Zambians must rise up and defend their freedom. You can’t allow a drunkard to trample on your rights like this. If you don’t wake up and act this dictatorship will take root.

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  3. MISA Zambia, other civil society groups and Zambians must must wake up now and proactively denounce this stup.idity from the govt wings. What nonsen.se is this???

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  4. WHERE IS THE CHURCH, CIVIL SOCIETY, MEDIA MOTHER BODIES, INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY? ARE U GOING TO WAIT UNTIL U ARE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THIS BARBARIC BEHAVIOR? WELL, IT IS ON YOUR DOORS & IN NO TIME, IT WILL BE IN YOUR SITTING ROOMS. REGARDLESS OF ONE’S POLITICAL AFFILIATION, HOOLIGANISM SHOULDN’T HAVE A PLACE IN THIS COUNTRY. DICTATORS ARE NOT BORN BUT MADE BY THOSE AROUND THEM BY WAY OF PRAISING THEM EVEN WHEN THEY ARE WRONG. LETS BE OBJECTIVE AND CALL A SPADE A SPADE. TIME FOR CAMPAIGNS IS OVER AND NOW ITS TIME TO WORK. OUR COUNTRY NEEDS TO MOVE FORWARD U PEOPLE. SOME OF US ONLY HAVE ZAMBIA AS A COUNTRY, HENCE ITS BIGGER THAN ANY INDIVIDUAL

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  5. Bane, Freedom of expression doesn’t mean breaking the law with impunity, no. The problem we’ve in Zambia is that people want to behave like monkeys in the jungle, law abiding citizens are few whilst law breakers are countless. We know who’s behind all this nonsense, HH & GBM. It’s unfortunate that these so.called learned journalists are being used and they oblige, that’s being naive. Let’s move this country forward by not letting petty matters distract the well intended programs that PRESIDENT Lungu and his Cabinet have set forth to be achieved. We need development not unnecessary squabbles. Even in a home there cannot be two heads, only the husband is the head, not wife and children. Under 5 Politicians. Similarly the perpetrators of these crimes should understand that there’s no…

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    • Can you please enlighten us on what you mean by “breaking the law with impunity?” Be sure to cite the statutes that have been broken while you are at it. I seen being sympathetic to UPND as the ‘crime’ here and that is not illegal.

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    • @Kasangani III
      Since when did ‘being sympathetic to an opposition Party’ become an offence under the laws of Zambia? I know that deep down you know you cannot defend the indefensible, unless you are a complete !d!ot busy sponging off public funds without realising that you are destroying your own future children’s home Country. You can get citizenship in many Countries, but roots of where you come from matter.

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    • Comment: its time to fight for press freedom. Zambia has no freedom of the press and with out there is no democracy.
      you can’t hold a government accountable if you only hear what they want you to hear.
      wake up Zambia fight for your rights.
      its time to abash news and media propaganda.
      if all we do talk underneath our shirts but never rise up to speak out loud will get stepped on.
      it doesn’t matter who wins elections or not it matters who is open and willing observe the law for the benefit of the people.
      mind you immunity doesn’t mean citizens can’t criticise when wrong is been done. ps : sympathising with an opposition tell me how is it a crime?

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  6. Chizu says the police told him not to show the clip of the arrest? Can you buy that? If he’d said the “film was destroyed “by the police it make more sense. You have the clip, just show it.

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  7. A microphone is a powerful tool. If given to a wrong or bad mouth, it can cause havoc. From my point of view the media is representing a microphone. The Zambian media needs to realize that allowing a wrong or bad mouth to use them can cause havoc. UPND officials have been instructed NOT to recognize Edgar Chagwa Lungu as the national President of Zambia. That is fighting against the government illegally.

    I really don’t like the PF government because they don’t know how to run the country. You can’t reason with cadres because more than half of PF are cadres. PLAY DONCHI KUBEBA on them, wait for the right moment to strike harder.

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  8. Northern Province Police Command I Think in my own opinion does not know or understand his job and the role he is supposed to play and conduct himself in a country where democratic dispensation prevails like ZAMBIA.And by the way who is this illiterate Police Officer in charge of Northern?All he thinks is that by doing so his superiors will commend and praise him,let him take a leaf from vuvuzela Chishimba Leopard who was top on it during campaign praising Edgar Lungu and where is he now…fired!So the same could happen to him let himself be very careful things turn around like components of a running engine AKAISANGA MULIMWAMONENI NANKWE

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  9. There is NOW WAY that tactics from the UNIP, one-party era will subsist in this part of the century. Please, Police, you are paid civil servants – earn your salaries professionally, regardless of who influences you. Flip through the statutes and understand what you are being instructed to do. Most of those actions are actually illegal and unconstitutional. What kind of country is this government trying to contort the present state of affairs into? Ba.stards!

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  10. 1. There is no smock without fire.
    2. For them to be arrested they did something wrong.
    3. Are they the only sympathizers of UPND?
    So fellow Zambians do not listen to these people who thinks they can committee a crime and go Scotch free in the name of freedom of speech or after all we are UPND.
    We are still waiting for 23rd November see what will happen as UPND said will happen, so please do not just listen & follow blindly people who can not see anything good in this country, why are they always opposing and coming up with all sorts of false stories.

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    • @lemba,
      LOL. Since when did being sympathetic to an opposition Party become “committee a crime” under the laws of Zambia?

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  11. Really abhorrent by the PF mafia. But comforted by the fact that tables always change. This I have always believed and seen happen.

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  12. @lemba. Remember garry nkombo and other upnd officials were charged with murder on trumped up charges when zp knew that pf killed each other

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  13. “First, they came for the trade unionists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a trade unionist
    Then they came for the journalists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a journalist
    Then they came for me
    And there was no one left
    To speak out for me”

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    • You are right Zambians think Lungu s war is against journalists only. Once the media has been killed you won’t have any freedom

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  14. PF carders you behave monga nichalo chanyoko one we will find you on the correct side of the law,a law that is even not a law that segregates PF carders from the rest and trust me if your boss lives long enough God is watching he shall answer .

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  15. Appalling primitive actions from a primitive government – using state tools like the police to consolidate their stay in power at all costs. What a waste of resources if you asked me! In this time and age and when Zambia needs the police to protect civilians, a government deems that the most pressing national issue is the need to shut up any media institution that exhibits any aorta of support for the opposition. Continued idiocy when there are REAL socio-economic matters out there needing attention. Then you have MPs and civil society organisations that are either impotent or providing feeble lip service ‘concern’. Zambia DOES NEED political and socio-economic liberation – if not a complete OVERHAUL or revolution.

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