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Kambwili, Kasolo storm ZNBC, orders removal of stories, hold reporters under seige

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Chishimba Kambwili

Chishimba Kambwili

Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili and Anthony Kasolo stormed the public broadcaster and ordered the removal of video statements made by PF Chairperson Inonge Wina and her members numbering 27.

“How could you lead a story with suspended officials. Prominence should be given to the Acting President.”

And Acting President Guy Scott called Director of Programs Kenneth Maduma and threatened him with dismissal.

Kambwili who ordered that reporters remove the Inonge Wina statement refused to leave until the 21hrs news was aired.

“I know where the allegiance of this newsroom is. I will replace all of you. You are a stupid bunch. We reached a quorum but you decided to cover that woman and her bunch of criminals when they are suspended”

When Kenneth Maduma learnt of the fracas he walked in the newsroom.
Kambwili blasted and lambasted Maduma and dressed him down before his juniors.

“I am ordering you to remove the HH story. Are you Tongas here also supporting the UPND?” Kambwili raged.

The ZNBC News Bulletin at 21hrs removed the Inonge story and the story covering the UPND rally.

He also directed to issue a statement that ZNBC should run until tomorrow refuting the Inonge story.

ZNBC Management called the Police to help with the removal of Kambwili but the Police declined that they couldn’t arrest a Cabinet Minister.

Kambwili also accused ZNBC of working with Defence Minister and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu.

In the 19hrs Bulletin ZNBC covered PF Chairperson, Inonge Wina who announced that Guy Scott remained a suspended official . She also stated that the suspension of 16 officials was invalid as Scott himself remained a suspended official and could not therefore effect any suspension.

By Emmanuel Mwamba

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