THE Post Newspaper is engaged in criminal activities of illegally recording and publishing private conversations of citizens and is therefore a danger to the security of the nation, Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Chishimba Kambwili has charged.
Mr Kambwili says he will tomorrow report the Post Newspaper to police so that they could explain how they came into possession of a private conversation he had with Kitwe District Commissioner Chanda Kabwe over the loans for marketeers.
He complained that the recording and subsequent publication with distortion of his private conversation with Mr Kabwe was nothing but an invasion on his privacy and therefore criminal.
He said the police should in fact not wait for him to report the Post Newspaper but should immediately commence investigations into how his private conversations were now being tapped and being given to hostile newspapers.
“The Post Newspaper has invaded my privacy and that is a human rights violation. They either recorded or received an illegally recorded private conversation I had with Chanda Kabwe (Kitwe DC) and published it. This might not be about me but I want to state that the Post is a danger to the security of the nation and unless and until they are stopped, the Post can easily plunge the country into unrest. On Monday I am reporting them (Post) to police so that they can explain how they accessed that illegal recording,” Mr Kambwili said.
He said he was no longer free to use his mobile phones because he did not know who was recording his conversations and wondered whether ZICTA was aware that his privacy was being violated.
“It is criminal to secretly record private conversations of citizens and later on even publish them in a newspaper. What kind of a country is this where individuals can callously and with impunity intrude into people’s privacy without being made to account for their illegal actions?” Mr Kambwili wondered.
He said he was going to seek the guidance of the Attorney General if the Post was within the law to continue publishing private conversations of citizens without their permission.
Mr Kamwbili vowed that he was going to take the Post Newspaper on and that the recording and publication of his private conversation must been seen as a criminal act and that those involved must be arrested and prosecuted.
He wondered how many Ministers and other Government officials as well as private citizens had their mobile phones tapped and their conversations recorded by the Post Newspaper which he said were using such recordings to blackmail their victims.
And Mr Kambwili has doubted the ability by UPND to reduce mealie meal prices when some of the members had milling stations but were selling the staple food at more than K100 about K25 more than the reconsidered price.
He said it was a lie for UPND vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to tell the voters on the Copperbelt that if his party came into power the price of mealie meal would be reduced.
He said this at a rally in Kitwe yesterday.