THE Post newspaper should not take for granted President Edgar Lungu’s tolerance of the insults it is hurling at him because one day it may find itself in a situation that it will regret, Zambia Republican Party (ZRP) president Wright Musoma has warned.
Reacting to yesterday’s editorial comment in the Post newspaper in which the tabloid branded President Lungu as narrow-minded for allegedly not being decisive over the need to end political violence by applying double standards, Mr. Musoma advised the Post to exercise caution because it was treading on dangerous grounds.
He said the Post was pushing its luck too far as its sentiments against President Lungu amounted to defamation of the president which was a criminal offence under the laws of Zambia.
Mr Musoma said Zambians were not gullible to realize that the Post newspaper was feeding them with a raw diet of misinformation aimed at tarnishing the image of government.
He said efforts to hold President Lungu’s government hostage as it had allegedly done to previous administrations had failed.
Mr Musoma said President Lungu could not be accused of tolerating violence when he had repeatedly condemned it and had continually called on all political parties to refrain from being confrontational even when they were provoked, adding that the sentencing to death of PF cadres who were involved in the murder of UPND’s Grazer Matapa was testimony that President Lungu did not condone violence.
He said instead of condemning President Lungu unnecessarily, it was important that the Post reflected on its reporting and see whether it was not fanning violence by inciting retaliation as a way of sorting out provocation by rival groups.
“The Post is taking its luck too far by insulting the president. Instead of calling President Lungu names, the Post should be grateful that he has been very tolerant of its negative and biased reporting against Government.
He said stopping violence needed a collective responsibility from politicians which should not be left to the party in power alone and wondered why the Post had failed to condemn the UPND cadres who disrupted the meeting addressed by President Lungu in Bweengwa if the tabloid was sincere in its call for peace.