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Those who choose to give stories to the Post which was clearly hostile to the Patriotic Front party should be prepared for the wrath of members should they be found wanting, PF chairperson for information Frank Bwalya has said.
He has therefore asked former Vice President Guy Scott to publicly distance himself from the ‘‘divisive and disrespectful’’ comments that the Post Newspapers attributed to him in which it was alleged that President Lungu was making whisky cheap by pumping US dollars on the market to make the Kwacha appreciate,.
“We wish to strongly urge PF members not to be quick to condemn senior members for their alleged negative statements published by the Post Newspapers. We should all consult widely and verify comments attributed to our members before responding,” Fr Bwalya said.
Fr Bwalya said the Patriotic Front was privy to information that Dr Scott had denied ever giving the Post Newspapers such a story.
“Against this background, we wish to kindly urge Dr Scott to formally distance himself from the divisive and disrespectful comments that the Post Newspapers attributed to him,” he said.
Fr Bwalya said Dr Scott should demand an apology and retraction from the Post Newspaper if indeed he did not give the newspaper such a story.
He said failure by Dr Scott to do so would make it difficult for PF members and the general public to believe in his innocence. Fr Bwalya observed that recently some PF senior members had been quoted by the Post, allegedly making divisive comments and innuendos. He said some of the comments bordered on disrespecting President Lungu.
“The latest such comment was allegedly made by our senior member and former Vice President Dr Guy Scott. This was in the Post Newspapers edition number 6983 – Tuesday December 1, 2015 under the heading “Lungu making whisky cheap … by subsidising dollar – Scott”, Fr Bwalya said. He said in the said article Dr Scott was quoted as saying, among other comments, that; “…..President Edgar Lungu’s press conference was meant to give the international community a false impression that he was making serious efforts to fix the falling economy.
“President Lungu’s effort to make the Kwacha gain artificially by pumping more dollars in the market is only making whisky cheap.”