The Mast issue has nothing to do with freedom of the press, it is purely a legal matter-Mulenga

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Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Kampamba Mulenga(l) speaking to the Media on the Implementation of the Digital Migration Project and Establishment of the joint Ventures and the dispel of the insinuation that Government has given ZNBC to a Chinese Company.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Kampamba
Mulenga(l) speaking to the Media on the Implementation of the Digital
Migration Project and Establishment of the joint Ventures and the
dispel of the insinuation that Government has given ZNBC to a Chinese
Company.

MINISTER of Information and Broadcasting Services Kampamba Mulenga says the seizure of a printing machine for The Mast newspaper which is believed to belong to the Post Newspapers Limited (in liquidation) must not be politicised because it has nothing to do with Government but the liquidators.

Ms Mulenga said the matter surrounding The Mast has nothing to do with freedom of the press as it is purely a legal matter.

“Everyone knows the issues surrounding this issue and I do not want to comment any further because it is before the courts,” Ms Mulenga said.

The minister was responding to a question during a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday.

Ms Mulenga said Government will continue promoting press freedom in both public and private media institutions.

She said Government is not undermining the freedom of the press as perceived by some sections of society, hence its decision to give licences to radio and television stations.

Ms Mulenga said Government values the press and its work but will not protect those bent on destroying the nation.

“The media must give positive and factual information to help build the nation and not destroy it,” Ms Mulenga said.

She said Government will continue protecting journalists against any form of harassment as they are cardinal to national development.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Can we seize printing machines that print PF chitenges too? Its a legal matter bcoz PF has been impoverishing Zambians since 2011.

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    • So why is Tenant’s wife making conclusions if case is by court? Is she the judge to determine that Mmembe’s case is not political?

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    • Sorry ex-wife, I didn’t know they divorced way back. I can imagine why. Instead of supporting fellow media woman Mutinta, this female minister is just sitting in office reading LT.
      That FEMALE information minister would have been one bailing out fellow woman from cells.
      We want to see Mulenga visit The Mast Newspaper Editors, offering solidarity.

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    • She is right.

      Mast is synonymous with the Post. How on earth are they even operating.

      Anything that takes away that privilege is all for the better.

      The Mast is a mockery of this whole episode. It’s a scandal. It has no right to operate.

      I disagree on her claiming they will promote free press in private and public. That is a lot of nonsense.

      Thanks

      BB2014,16

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    • Mushota

      For some one who lives in a country that enjoys and uses press freedom you are a disgrace, you can take the monkey out of the bush but can’t take the bush out of the monkey in your case.

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    • Why do you folks respond to Mushota?
      I have a sense that Mushota isn’t real, she is a fictional creation of LT. What does she do exactly?
      Sit around waiting to comment on every LT story?
      Give me a break, what sort of human lives that sort of life especially in the UK?

      Folks can we come together and find a way to support The Mast? Ignore most of these people who have grow up under dictatorship. These people don’t know any different, that sadly is the consequence of dictatorship.

      Gives rises to brain dead humans whose only purpose in life is dancing, consuming food and producing more brain dead offspring. If you have tasted freedom, you can’t accept this. Let’s help support the media in Zambia folks.

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    • @1.7
      As someone who has lived in the UK for several years, I agree with you. Although we sought to catch up with news from home by reading online publications, this was once in a while. This so-called Mushota seems to respond to every LT article. I suspect she or he is a PF sponsored fellow tasked to muddy the waters so that the power of the internet does not work to bite this government, the way social media subverted government control of the press in the Arab uprising. No sane UK-based Zambian will have time to do what this person does.
      Zambia, it is up to us to create a nation that we can be proud of. Right now, we have become a banana republic and getting worse.

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  2. Yet another hunger stricken, clueless, job seeker who does not even have the sense to know that having been appointed by yours truly Vodiga Rungu, she is not qualified to comment on this matter. It is called conflict of interest Ms Mulenga please. Anyway, you must serve your appointing authority and your belly.

    And if the matter is entirely legal, why pursue and harass the wife in an attempt to get at the husband who you full well know is not in the country??

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  3. She thinks we were born yesterday, it is happening right in your face and during your watch. The policemen who went to rough up someone’s wife are under your payroll and charge. Their actions need to be condemned even if someone owes that does not mean they lose all their rights and privileges, get to be thrown in jail for an order not addressed to them. We all know the police, judicial system and jail is now primarily used to punish opponents and not protect anyone including journalists. I wouldn’t be a policeman in Zambia, they are poorly paid and made to do all the dirty work for other people. You will find these poor policemen busy begging for bribes from detainees and fellow citizens.

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  4. Well if an “innocent” wife knows her company is using equipment belonging to a company jn liquidation as revealed by the unpaid workers and then tears a search warrant she invites the law to visit her. ZRA are not the only ones owed but the long suffering workers as well “pay back the money”

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    • Have ZNBC, Times of Zambia, Daily Mail and Lamise paid their taxes? Have the ministers who got illegally salaries refunded them as stated by the courts? What has been grabbed from these? We dont see any hordes of armed cops going to their homes harassing their wives. You are just raising sympathy for Mmembe

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  5. This is not a Tax Issue but a political issue. ZRA is owed Tax money by so many debtors including the Mines. If its a Tax Issue why single out the Post and the Mast? Why personalise the issue and destroy the Fred Mmembe Family? We know that this is a Press Freedom issue. The govt does not want the Mast to cover the Presidential and MPs Petitions in the Courts. The By-Elections are coming and the Petitioners after 6 months seeking Justice in the Lungu Courts to no avail is taking the Petition to International Courts for a Hearing and the Lungu Regime does not want the Mast to cover the Proceedings. The ICC Exit is also coming up. The illegitimate and dictatorial Lungu govt wants to muzzle the Press and suppress Press Freedom.

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    • kekekekekekee so the post or mast whatever is the ONLY one that can cover those supoosed proceedings? international courts my foot! dream on

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    • @ HH O head. Mmembe and mutinta are Zambian like yourself. Everyone has a mistake but forget not it’s the same mmembe who made the pf be were it is. It is not him who sold the mines that brought the unspeakable poverty on the nation. Sympathize with them they’re politically persecuted.

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  6. Anyone not supporting Fred and wife does not need a doctor but a doctor needs them urgently before the situ worsens

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  7. My colleague hid a wood cutting machine when he was tipped that bailiffs were coming to seize his property to offset a debt. When the bailiffs noted the missing item, my friend was arrested and faced new charges and fined failure to which he was going to be jailed. The only difference here is that the culprits are politically inclined. But before they become political they are people just like me and must be treated just like me. Comparing them to other tax dodgers is not holding any “legal ” water. Just find out from ZRA why Ndanje Khakis doesn’t pay tax rather than peddling tavern lies.

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  8. So this dull nimcompoop sees it fit for the seizure of printer based on belief and not proof that it is owned by the post. So in other words the pf police just assume that you are guilty without following due process of proving facts. Meanwhile even ndanje on top who claims to be intelligent sees nothing wrong with this. This is what I call mental retardation. You are crazy apes

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  9. is it just me or does this woman sound so clueless every time she opens her mouth?This is what happens when you wake someone up from sleep and tell them that you are now minister.I dont think she even understands the term” freedom of the press”.she is either FREE or DOM(dumb)

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  10. “Ms Mulenga said Government values the press and its work but will not protect those bent on destroying the nation”.This statement is proof enough that this govt.will not up-hold press freedom in this country.Who is destroying the nation here really,is it the one appointing prostitutes to positions of authority,or one who is critical with the authorities?

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  11. At last, Zambia has a recollected Govt spokes person, articulating matters excellently. Any Zambian who doesn’t know MAST/POST, OR LIQUIDATED POST/MAST relationship must be a fool or what KK used to say stupid ….. and should seek psychiatric attention.

    Leave Ms Mulenga alone!

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  12. This is what happens when to give people with average brains power! Some people are not leaders! This is a fact! Lungu is not a leader. He is a follower hence he will destroy the country through corruption. The only way for average people like Lungu to have power is through corruption. If HH surrounded himself with the right people he would have won the election.

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  13. Be careful, Kampamba. A men like Dr VJ Mwaanga, Dr Chishimba Kambwili, with emphasis on DR, have sat on that chair!

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  14. Zambia is for us ALL, borrowing state funds and not paying ZRA. Zambians it’s not the President duty to collect those monies. Wake up guys and at last we need Trump D to build a wall around Zambia as a foolish paradise

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  15. Nowadays printing machines are being hidden in all manner of places – including living rooms? Times, they really are changing.

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