Allow police to arrest thugs who attacked Kambwili, ZIIMA appeals to PF leadership

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The Zambia Institute of Independent Media Alliance (ZIIMA) has asked the leadership of the ruling Patriotic Front to take responsibility and help bring to book the cadres who attacked Power FM in Kabwe when the Station hosted Chishimba Kambwili.

In a Press Statement made available to Zambian Eye, ZIIMA Vice President Jubiel Zulu says the institution strongly condemn the barbaric attack on the National Democratic Congress (NDC) leader.

“We have a situation of the PF cadres attacking Grace Lungu in Lundazi, Mutale Mwanza in Kitwe and now they have have disrupted a radio program at Power FM in Kabwe, all these incidents are portraying a bad picture of media freedom especially that we shall be celebrating World Press Freedom Day this 3rd May,” Zulu said.

“We therefore request the PF to allow the Police to arrest these known cadres who feel by them being PF can storm a radio station and disrupt a program.”

And Zulu also said the behaviour of the PF cadres is not only a hindrance to media freedom but an assault to the country’s democracy.

“We wish to remind the PF leadership who seem not interested in condemning or restraining their cadres from assaulting journalists to rethink their position on this matter,” Zulu said.

“The 10 staff members who were at the station were not harmed in any way but caused a shock to them due to the cadres behavior. We have always said that the ruling party should lead by example in upholding freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.”

Meanwhile, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has condemned the attacks on Power FM Radio Station in Kabwe on Tuesday morning.

In a statement issued by MISA Zambia Chapter Chairperson Helen Mwale, the institute says it is saddened that unruly PF cadres stormed the station when NDC President Chishimba Kambwili appeared on a live show.

Mwale says MISA is concerned that fundamental rights of freedom of expression, access to information and freedom of association are being impeded by violence.

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