Spies face dismissal


PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has warned of dismissal of all civil servants leaking State secrets to the media.

He said this at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on arrival from Livingstone where Zambia was hosting the African Union Committee of 10 summit.

He was referring to the leaking of a letter related to the US$192 million loan that Government has contracted from China.

The loan is for improving the operations of security wings in Zambia.

President Lungu said Government was responsible in its effort to release relevant information to the public.

He said the media had the mandate to weigh stories and be professional in dissemination of information to the public.

The President also said he was thinking twice about enacting the information Bill due to the lack of professionalism exhibited by some media houses.

He said it was sad that some media houses which were supposed to evaluate certain matters before publishing them were not doing so.

President Lungu however said Government was transparent in its dealing but that it was selective on information to be released to the media and the public.

On Saturday, Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili ordered Inspector General of Police Stellah Libongani to probe the leakage of the Ministry of Finance letter that revealed the US$192 million loan from China.

“I’m directing the Inspector General of Police with immediate effect to take keen interest in the leakage of this document and bring the culprits to book. Even if Government sat and discussed this loan, there is absolutely no way that it can be brought to the general public because the issues that are contained therein are issues of very high security. There is no way government can disclose that to the general public,” Mr Kambwili said

He also said Government workers responsible for leaking the letter would be dismissed.

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