Comment: Why the sympathy for M’membe and the Mast Newspaper?

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Fred M’membe

Mutinta Mazoka M’membe

By Mpazi Siame


Zambians have to wise up and move away from all the emotionally charged thinking and analysis. Let us try and be realistic and pragmatic our support or criticism of events. In which case let us ask the real questions about what is prevailing here.


Why does M’membe find himself in this recent confrontation with the Authorities? Many sympathiser, including Mr and Mrs M’membe, tell us that it is because President Lungu is persecuting M’membe for not supporting him (Lungu)  during the two presidential elections. This position may appeal to many and appear as the basis for the efforts we have witnessed on Nagwenye RD.  But in all honesty this is not the reason for the issues involving the M’membe’s and their new Project in the MAST newspaper. The logical reason here is that M’membe is trying to “OUTSMART” the authorities by continuing to run a newspaper business when the authorities have declared him unfit to run such a business. It is barely 6 months that the POST Newspaper was LEGALLY shut down and even before the entity has been wound up, M’membe is back with nothing but a name change and POTENTIALLY using machinery and belonging to the company in receivership. Why should we as Zambians sympathise with a man determined to defy the authorities?


M’membe’s empire fell apart when M’membe, by his own will, decided to fully engage in Politics by trying to personally hand pick the presidency of Zambia for personal gain. He has consistently deserted the Zambian people while pursuing personal fortunes yet abusing the very trust of the unsuspecting Zambians.


He is desperately trying to maintain his power base and that can only be through a deceptive media that will fight his adversaries including those in Authority and that is irrespective of whether they are right or wrong as long as it serves his personal interests.


A man of integrity – as he claims to be – would be reflecting on whether his deeds and how those serve the common good of the people. M’membe’s certainly doesn’t serve the people but his own ego and the those who benefit from his shameless agenda.


Here is a reaction from Muzumbwe Hakwaambwa:

I was almost taken there but the fact still remains the same it’s pure persecution and nothing more. What has the Mast Newspaper got to do with Zambia Revenue Authority  (ZRA) and the Post. What ever your presumption the fact remains that the Mast’s directors are not Fred M’membe (FM).

Therefore for you to marry the two vis a vis the warrant of arrest which results in demolishing of the mast newspaper.  Now Zambia as a Christian nation I don’t see those principles in this but pure ragging revenge and vindictiveness.

KK, FTJ,  LPM, RB NEVER DID THIS NONSENSE why because you feel they were true God given leaders. The use of the Church to portray a religious outlook for political mileage results into evil happenings. Hence the current happenings.

It’s biblical that if you oppress or assume the role of almighty your down fall is here. It happened to Soul, Solomon, David and others. Revenge rises from hatred Now are those things synonyms with holiness Kaya.


23 Responses to Comment: Why the sympathy for M’membe and the Mast Newspaper?

  1. Siame just shut up if u have nothing tangible to offer you are just egocentric

    February 19, 2017 at 10:46 pm

  2. Every Zambian must have a place in the sun, not just PF members or ECL, or MMD or UPND, all Zambians must have a right to do anything as granted by the constitution. IF printing a new newspaper after a previous one was banned,there is nothing wrong with that. If becoming a president in 5 tears’ time is anyone’s dream, there is nothing wrong with that. Why should any ambition be a preserve of only one person and not a million persons?

    February 20, 2017 at 4:28 am

    • Chongo – Did the use of the word “OUTSMART” in the article pass through your head?

      February 21, 2017 at 12:06 pm

  3. Well said Ba Siame

    February 20, 2017 at 5:31 am

  4. Fred Mmembe has a fair share of mistakes made in the past but that is not the way to treat his Family. It is Fred Mmembe today but it is you and me tumoro.Lungu in his grand scheme of establishing a One Man Dictatorship is closing the Media to achieve his 2021 dreams. The closure of both the Post and now the Mast is more political than Taxation.Lungu is closing media space to avoid independent covering of the Petition Hearing and also MPs Petition in the High Court and Concourt. Lungu is closing the Media becoz apart from Hearing the Petition Lungu will be forced to call for byelections now that the 90 day statutory requirement for byelections is fast approaching.

    February 20, 2017 at 6:20 am

  5. Will are all Zambians let’s fight for th
    e truth it will lead has being in piece Mr m’membe may God see u through

    February 20, 2017 at 6:21 am

  6. Does it mean it is only the Post news which is owing ZRA? How about Times of Zambia,Daily Mail,National ZNBC.

    Lungu you wont finish M’membe, you are finishing yourself.

    What are you hiding.

    joseph Mwape
    February 20, 2017 at 7:02 am

  7. Why not try to remove the `log’ from your eye,before removing the `speck’ from F.M’s eye,how do you expect the rest of the citizen’s to abide by the law when the ones in power are breaking & abusing it to their advantage,lets be fair & all stand equal before the law,only then can you cast the first stone,otherwise shutup!

    February 20, 2017 at 11:18 am

  8. Ba Siame your take on this matter is totally flawed.Zambia is where it is now in terms of its democratic dispensation because of the critical media,particularly the Post Newspaper.There is always a driving principal as to why any business is established.The media in particular is to INFORM!This is were the post/mast newspapers come in.For a democracy to thrive,not only the media but,a critical one is required.We should be wary of any given leadership at any one given time that finds ”issue”with informers,the media.What is it that is agitating them to find fault in the media?Be careful,lest we get patronized through the so called friendly media,which only reports what the rulers nod to.

    Open society.
    February 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm

  9. where is post newspaper? post bus? post currier? zambian airways? what has happened with DBZ loan? Investrust loan? ZRA dues? workers salaries? NAPSA dues? the list of his involvement is limitless. there is nothing political in all of his dealings. the man is just a greedy character.

    February 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

  10. shutup swine

    February 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm

  11. Why is PF being selective in applying law to law breakers?? I wish all those foreigners evading tax, paying citizens below minimum wages and doing all sorts of evil in Zambia, could be treated in the manner M’membe is being treated..PF is just evil..

    February 21, 2017 at 6:27 pm

  12. Siame is totally wrong in his analysis.The PF is a vindictive party that has a dirty mind full of deception. They will start violence, control the media so that people do not know their wrongs, but when the injured retaliate, they release the media on the victims for all to know how bad these people are. They thrive on corruption and that is why they will cling to power by hook and crook to an extent of stealing votes in broad daylight. Siame know the PF better before you support them. On M’mbe, it is an issue of just persecuting him for exposing their dirty deeds.

    kanwa kahosha
    February 22, 2017 at 8:07 am

  13. Meembe uchione nawe, wenzo ganiza kuti niwe bani? Ukapusa, ukumange ayako, mwechenze lili namwe a Mmembe na nayako a achite aba, ba kabimba. Wawona ukufa weka ka?Aka bimba ali zii..It’s a lesson Zambian politicians it’s all about ravage. Rb to Mmembe, HH to EL the list will go on and ON.

    February 22, 2017 at 1:57 pm

  14. That’s what happens when some people think they are untouchable.

    February 22, 2017 at 10:18 pm

  15. I do not support M’membe. However, I recall President Lungu assuring Zambians at some rally in Lusaka in 2015 that their money will be collected from the post newspapers. So, from this background, i fail to delink politics from the post saga.
    That said, we all must pay our dues to ceasar. I hope you guys do.

    February 23, 2017 at 1:42 pm

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