Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Fred M’membe Urges Protection for Investigative Journalists Exposing Sugilite Criminal Syndicate

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Investigative journalism plays a vital role in holding those in power accountable for their actions. It is the duty of journalists to uncover the truth and expose wrongdoing, no matter how powerful or influential those responsible may be. Unfortunately, the risks and dangers faced by investigative journalists are often high, and the recent case of Jubilee Malambo is no exception.

Malambo’s investigative reporting on the Sugilite criminal syndicate in Mansa, Luapula Province, has been critical in exposing the corruption and criminal activities of those involved. However, in doing so, he has received death threats, causing him to live in fear for his life. As Dr. Fred M’membe, the President of Zambia’s Socialist Party, has stated, “Investigative journalists often risk their lives to uncover the truth.”

The threats and attacks against journalists like Malambo not only endanger their lives but also threaten the freedom of the press and the ability of society to make informed decisions. The right to information is a fundamental human right, yet access to information in Zambia is not yet recognized by law, observed or provided for.

To support and defend investigative journalists like Malambo, Dr. M’membe has called for the implementation of an Access to Information Act. This legislation would provide the right to information and ensure transparency, accountability, and the ability of citizens to make informed decisions. He believes that the free flow of ideas is a key driver of vibrant societies and human progress, and crimes against journalists have an enormous impact on society as a whole.

Dr. M’membe further stated, “Investigative journalism is of great importance for the functioning of our democracy. Investigative journalism increases transparency and can hold authorities to account. Investigative journalists can stir up a lot in society.” It is vital that investigative journalism is supported and protected, especially in a time when high-quality, independent journalism is more necessary than ever.

Meanwhile, the UPND spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa, has welcomed the recent arrest of senior government officials in Luapula and Mongu. He has stated that this is an indication that the UPND does not interfere in the operation of law enforcement agencies and respects the principle of the rule of law.

Mr. Mweetwa clarified that any government official committing an offence against the law of the land would be dealt with in accordance with the law of the land. Additionally, any member of the party who violates the party Constitution will be treated according to the provisions of the party Constitution. The President is committed to respecting the rule of law and fighting all vices that violate the law.

The arrests of the Luapula Deputy Permanent Secretary, Mwansabombwe District Commissioner, and his Nchelenge counterpart for Conveying property reasonably suspected to be stolen and carrying out mining operations without a license are a clear indication that the current administration is committed to upholding the rule of law and fighting corruption.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Per your last paragraph, it’s noteworthy that GRZ is walking the talk. Hopefully, this has sent a clear message to the corrupt in govt that it means business in its corruption fight.

  2. Only a woman who is unsatisfied shouts the name of another man in her matrimonial bed. The Zambian people are shouting for pf to come back. We hear you.

  3. I don’t agree with the socialist economic policies that fred promotes and ibwould both vote for him. But one thing I know for certain is that he has a lot more integrity, a lot more steel and patriotism than almost all the politician we currently have on the market.

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  4. @Mayo Mpapa, do you honestly believe the Nyudoni is genuinely fighting corruption within their ranks? The high ranking officials both in govt and party won’t brought forward to account for the loot neither will be mentioned by anyone. Where’s the scandal where Masebo featured prominently? It has died naturally yet Dr. George Mangwede was sacrificed and got fired unceremoniously.

  5. MWANTA, MEMBE IS NOT PATRIOTIC AT ALL, A PATRIOTIC LEADER CANT AVADE TAXES FOR HIS OWN COUNTRY. IF HE BECAME A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT HOW CAN HE DIVIATE FOR HIS OWN ,,,,,,,,,,,?

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