THE Zambian Voice has chastised media houses that have launched a sustained crusade to malign, scandalize and demonise the Patriotic Front (PF) following the sacking of Wynter Kabimba as Justice Minister and secretary general of the ruling party.
Zambian Voice executive director Chilufya Tayali said his organisation was disappointed that some sections of the media were advancing tribal and corruption tags against the PF following President Sata’s decision to fire Mr Kabimba from government.
“We have noted with concern that the disappointing of a minister has degenerated into a tribal discourse by some quarters of society and the media. We wish to condemn such an agenda or opinion setting. It is the prerogative of the President to appoint or disappoint irrespective of the influence one may have. Let us not question the tribe for the appointment or disappointment of an individual but rather the reasons behind such an action,” Mr Tayali said.
Mr Tayali warned that such reckless agendas had the potential to put the country into serious social and political problems and wipe out the little the nation had gained in the last 50 years.
Mr Tayali however said the sacking of Mr Kabimba could not have cleansed the PF from its many economic, social and political transgressions against Zambians.
He said Zambians should not think that Mr Kabimba was a sacrificial lamb who would take away the sins the PF had committed in the three years it had been in power.
Mr Tayali advised that people who were condemning Mr Kabimba and jubilating his dismissal should take self introspection because no human being was perfect.
Mr Tayali said in his ecclesiastical statement that the teaching of Jesus Christ over an adulterous woman who was to be stoned in the Bible should be a reminder that all human beings were bound to fall short of the glory of God.
“We therefore advise those who have taken a negative view on Mr Kabimba to carry out self introspection and make a judgment of how perfect they are before casting aspersions on the former Justice Minister. Jesus Christ asked those who wanted to stone an adulterous woman to throw the first stone at the woman but they all walked away. The words of Jesus are being repeated to all jubilating the dismissal of Mr Kabimba and calling him all sorts of names,” Mr Tayali said.
Mr Tayali has warned individuals and institutions against falling into the temptation of magnifying individuals which he stated could lead to people overrating themselves.