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Lungu vents frustration over continued publication of The Post newspaper

28 June 2016, 13:48

Lusaka - Zambian President Edgar Lungu has lambasted his senior intelligence officers over the continued publishing of the Post newspaper despite the seizure of its offices last week, The Post reports.

Lungu angrily labelled the officers as "fools" over their failure to provide him with information on how the paper remained in circulation.

The senior intelligence officers were summoned to a meeting at State House where Lungu told them they were incompetent.

Sources claimed that Lungu was upset by the officers' failure to implement his commands as he feared they might be be working with the opposition UPND.

The closure of The Post came as election campaigning was gaining momentum, with the critically independent newspaper being outspoken in its reporting of illegal activities and corruption by the government.

On July 15, 2015, The Post's editor-in-chief Fred M'membe was arrested along with a journalist for an article they published. The article discussed the investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission(ACC) of a presidential aide accepting a bribe.

The Post published a letter from the ACC to Lunga informing him of its investigation, which led to the journalists being arrested for publishing classified information.

Since then The Post had been charged with not paying taxes, resulting in the seizure of its office buildings.

The publication, however, maintained that it had already started paying back some monies and had a court order preventing it from being closed down.

News24 previously reported that Lungu had come under heavy criticism by Amnesty International for attempts to silence the paper.

- News24 Nigeria


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