It is hypocrisy of the worst kind for the Post Newspaper to continue with its unbridled and sustained attacks on former president Rupiah Banda and opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema for the positions they have taken on issues affecting society, civil rights activist Brebner Changala has charged.
Changala has advised the Post Newspaper with its owners to reflect on how they abused President Michael Sata in 2006 when he was in the opposition stating that Zambians had not forgotten that called the Head of State was described as a “minion and a tribalist”.
He said the Post Newspaper had taken every opportunity to throw vile at former president Banda and Hichilema because they were seen as delaying the financial encumbrances they had committed against Zambians.
Changala said he had difficulties in comprehending the new relationship between President Sata and the Post Newpaper because the privately owned tabloid had spewed a lot of slander and insults at the Head of State when had declared his support for late president Frederick Chiluba during the time he was being prosecuted for alleged plunder.
He told the Daily Nation that when late president Levy Mwanawasa buttered the other side of their bread, the Post Newspaper went to town demonizing President Sata as one of the worst opposition leaders at the time.
He said the Post had sustained their slander against Banda because he refused to be used in their schemes to have the K18 billion Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) written off as a bad debt.
The civil rights activist explained that the Post Newspaper was now praising and eulogizing President Sata because he was in the right position to serve their agenda of victimizing and persecuting their perceived political and business enemies.
“Today Sata is the President and he has become a saint to the Post Newspaper and anyone who criticizes Sata is their enemy and they will attack and slander him with force. They have had both sides of their bread buttered with the first having been done by late President Levy Mwanawasa and now it is President Sata. They do not even believe in the praises they are heaping on President and when they are done with him, it is likely that they will turn against him because they know their credibility has been completely damaged,” Changala said.
Changala said it was disheartening that the private newspaper was slandering and abusing citizens who did not agree with their beliefs and ideologies.
He said President Sata was a man who was known for his bad language when he was in the opposition and that he had refused to attend any national event during the reign of both Mwanawasa and Banda.
He said former president Rupiah Banda and Hichilema had suffered excessively slander and defamation at the hands of the owners of the Post Newspaper.
Changala said the UPND leader was being attacked for instructing his MPs against supporting government’s poor governance system and for speaking for Banda who was being persecuted for things he did not do.
He said the former president had remained humble despite all the humiliation he had suffered from the people with corrosive hatred against the former head of state.
“They have this hatred for anyone who does not agree with them. All the allegations they had manufactured against Banda were nothing but hatred. I beg that they should leave Banda and Hichilema alone so that they can enjoy their rights as citizens. I am happy that the people of Zambia are seeing through the hatred the Post Newspaper is propagating. There is so much to write about their PF which is falling apart because of the same media that has taken sides on the warring parties,” Changala said.
He said the myth that only one media house should be leading and forming the opinions of the people of Zambia should be stopped because citizens in their collectivity were wiser than a clique of people trying to run the affairs of the country.