By Nation Reporter
THE Zambia police must immediately take action against the Post Newspaper for causing the publication of a forged letter addressed to the Zambia State Intelligence Services (ZSIS) to direct the institution to sign a contract with an Israeli company, Timor Consulting to help the Patriotic Front (PF) with the August general elections, Chishimba Kambwili has said.
He said the letter purported to have been authored by special assistant to the President for press and public relations to engage an imaginary Israeli consulting company was a forgery and that the police should not wait for instructions from the State to act.
Mr Kambwili said Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini dismissed the Timor Consulting letter as a forgery and Government was expecting the police to act on the matter because the Post Newspaper had continued with impunity to concoct and publish forged letters.
Mr Kambwili said there had been many complaints from Government Ministers and State House about the leaking of State secrets, and classified documents by the Post News Paper but there had been no action.
“Now that it is clear that the letter published in the Post Newspaper concerning Timor Consulting is a forgery, the police must act on the matter. The police must not wait for instructions from politicians or the State to take action against people engaged in criminal activities. It is a criminal act for one to forge a letter and the Post published a letter purported to have been authored by Amos Chanda yet the letter was a forgery meant to scandalize State House and President Edgar Lungu in particular,” Mr Kabwili said.
He said he has had no respect for the Post Newspaper for a long time and that in 2007, he declared the newspaper as lacking credibility and had since then never relied on what it has been publishing.
“As Government, we leave it to the people of Zambia to judge whether the Post aims at building the country or destroying it. The Speaker of the National Assembly told MPs both from the opposition and the ruling party that they had been victims of agenda of the Post newspaper. It is time action was taken so that this can be brought to an end,” Mr Kambwili said.
In December last year, the Post Newspaper published another letter purported to have been authored by Mr Chanda over a Zesco tender to STAG African Renewable Energy which also turned out to be a forgery.