Fred M’membe – Enough now

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By Laura Miti

The drama that has played out around Former Post Editor, Fred M’membe, since President Lungu came to power is eye popping. Just when one thinks the “Flatten Fred M’membe campaign” can get no worse, a new episode plays out.

Now there can be no arguing with the fact that a few years ago, when Fred was at the height of his business having assisted Michael Sata to a previously considered unlikely presidency, a lot of citizens silently prayed for the day he would be brought down.

He was insufferable, Fred was. And untouchable it seemed. It would appear it was at that time that he inexplicably stopped paying taxes. It is those taxes that President Lungu’s administration is using to fix him.

While all that is true, I am very convinced, as are many people are I am sure, that the current Job-like tribulations that Fred is being out through have very little to do with unpaid taxes. We all know that the Times of Zambia and Daily Mail for example, owe not only taxes but all manner of unpaid bills to service providers and staff. No one is going near them.

So we are not dumb much as those in power like to lie to themselves that we are. We can see through Fred’s persecution and reach the conclusion that it is political, vengeful and wrong.

To get at one man, this administration was willing to close down a newspaper that employed hundreds of people.

This in a country with our kind of unemployment figures. It is tragic that a political vendetta would be more important than the thousands of people that were affected by the closure of the Post Newspaper. As we all know, in Zambia, one employed person takes care of a network of people some whom they do not even know.

Anyhow, as I see it, President Lungu and his administration are doing to Fred M’membe exactly what he was doing under Sata. Acting like they will always be in power and never have to be made accountable for their actions. It makes the rest of us observers think – ha, one day! Simply, my advice to the President is never use state power to settle personal scores. So enough already. Leave Fred alone. Let him build his Mast. It is an independent voice that is needed in this country. Right now, you are looking like a bully kicking a man when he is down. Not good for your image Sir, not good.

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12 Responses to Fred M’membe – Enough now

  1. This is the problem with our politicians! Using state power to settle personal scores! This is not a sign of good governance but a sign of dictators persecution of his perceived enermies.

    shema israel
    February 24, 2017 at 3:19 am
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  2. no matter the excuses you will try to find for fred mmembe, the reality is there is something wrong he has done including fixing other people using the post newspaper. in case u have forgotten so quickly, the post newspaper lost the proffessionalism & ethics that once made us respect mmembe. mmembe became arrogant & outrightly narcistic. he began to lie and unjustly malign people he did not like. as zambians, we became pissed with his behavior & we thought he needed to be sorted out and brought to order. i invite the author to try to conduct a survey on how zambians feel about mmembe, the author will be dissapointed to learn that actually more zambians want mmembe to pay for his arrogance than those that support him.

    mauden shula
    February 24, 2017 at 6:12 pm
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  3. when you start demonising others and calling them corrupt like fred has been doing, you better be not so stupid like not paying your taxes because my dear, the same standards will be applied to you my dear. thats the story of mmembe my dear author. they say those who live in glass houses should not be in the habit of throwing stones at others. simple logic and fred should blame himself than anyone.

    mauden shula
    February 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm
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  4. point taken.

    But surely let Mmembe pay those taxes and we close the chapter.

    Daily mail, times are GOVT units/institutions.

    Advice:When you live in a glass house don’t throw stones.

    apparatchik
    February 25, 2017 at 11:43 am
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  5. The problem we have in this country is that everything is political and depending on which side you are on Fred is a friend or a foe

    Mambwe
    February 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm
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  6. Fred you supported PF that when Mr. Mazoka past on your post headline was ” a dark cloud hangs over Tonga land . The crooks you supported are now teaching you a lesson.

    Kenjay
    February 26, 2017 at 11:11 pm
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  7. There is no politics in this matter. Fred is a hard hearted criminal. How can you deduct NAPSA from your poor workers and pocket it? If our legal System was straight the man should have been in prison by now. You cannot defend crooks like this one. Sorry Laura.

    Kalunga Fred
    February 27, 2017 at 6:30 am
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  8. Laura Miti….please elaborate more…what are those personal scores President Lungu is settling with Mmembe? what issues do the two have that we don’t know…which you are referring to?

    Is Fred clean? Has got some stuff to sort out with the state or with ECL…Fred has always called ECL names through his papers…but the president never responded…

    Laura, talk to Fred, ask him to clean up his activities…and he wont have anyone on his back…as is, you are sympathizing with a friend…and you are lacking objectivity…

    Pilingana Pilingana
    March 1, 2017 at 8:15 am
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  9. Ba Laura na imwe kuwayawaya fye. Tell us the scores ECL wants to score with Fred? Don’t raise issues you cant defend, if you know something we all don’t know about tell us so that we know why Fred is being dragged to court. The man deducted NAPSA and never paid, he chewed every little penny that belongs to the govt and today you have time to defend him. Whilst its true he helped ascend to power, the man grew big headed and stopped paying taxes and you want the govt to ignore him? Times of Zambia and many other govt agencies yes owe as well but their stablishment is different to that of the Post. The Post is all about profits and business as usual and as such they should be treated like any business entity. Ba Laura….kalaleni

    Kidjo
    March 3, 2017 at 8:34 am
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