By Chileshe Mwango
President Edgar Lungu has warned that the violence that happened at the Patriotic Front Secretariat over the weekend is the last test for Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja and the entire Lusaka police command.
In December last year, the head of state gave Mr Kanganja six months in which to transform the operations of the Zambia Police Service.
Gracing this year’s World Press Freedom Day commemorations in Lusaka this morning, President Lungu said he is sure police are following up on the matter and that he like any other citizen is watching.
President Lungu said violence is not politics and that immediate someone engages in it, the act becomes criminal which law enforcement officers should be able to tackle with the seriousness it deserves.
Meanwhile, President Lungu says he will not interfere in the reopening of Prime Television Station saying it is outside his jurisdiction.
Earlier, Media Liaison Committee
Mr. Chanda expressed concern that the Independent Broadcasting Authority -IBA- rejected the application by the TV station to have its license renewed.
He also expressed concern at the continued violence towards the media at the hands of cadres and has since appealed to the president to use his influence to bring the action to an end especially as the country heads towards elections.
And the president of the Socialist Party Fred M’membe has underscored the need for Zambia to have a traditional, independent, media that will hold those in power to account.
In his message to commemorate world press freedom day, Dr. M’membe notes that where independent media is silenced, coerced, or captured, the public has few options for gaining any information beyond the narratives pushed by those in power and special interests.
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