CHISHIMBA Kambwili has reported the Post Newspaper to police for allegedly tapping his mobile phone and listening to his private conversations and causing their publications without his consent.
A secret recording of telephone conversations between Mr Kambwili and Kitwe district commissioner Chanda Kabwe was published by the Post Newspaper, an act the Information and Broadcasting Services minister said was not only illegal but a violation of his privacy.
And Mr Kambwili has revealed that some political parties are allegedly paying some media houses in exchange for positive coverage while blacking out other political parties.
Mr Kambwili said some media houses had turned themselves into political parties and were propagating propaganda against the Patriotic Front (PF) and its leadership.
Speaking at a media briefing at his office yesterday, Mr Kambwili said he had lodged an official complaint with the police against the Post Newspaper for causing the publication of his private conversation with Mr Kabwe.
Mr Kambwili said it was unethical, a violation of his constitutional rights for the Post Newspaper to allegedly tap his mobile phone and eavesdrop to his private conversation and that police should now commence investigations into the matter.
“It is unethical and a violation of my privacy for the Post Newspaper to tap my phones and listen to my private conversations and then cause its publication. How can a newspaper publish something that was retrieved by illegal means,” Mr Kambwili said.
Mr Kambwili said in his phone conversation with Mr Kabwe he was only seeking assurance from the DC who is the patron of the Presidential Empowerment Fund for Marketers, and President Lungu’s special advisor for political affairs Kaizer Zulu that there was money available for the programme to cover the rest of the country.
Meanwhile, Mr Kambwili has revealed that he has information that some political parties were allegedly paying some media houses in exchange for positive coverage; an act he said had compromised some media houses.
He also said Government was aware that some electronic houses were allegedly running politically funded programmes to promote political agendas and warned that his office and the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) would not hesitate to take action against such media houses.
Mr Kambwili said Government would be compelled by irresponsible media houses to establish a statutory body to regulate print media. He advised individual reporters to be professional in their work and not be used by selfish individuals and politicians.
And Mr Kambwili, who is Roan member of Parliament, said Guy Scott had lost direction and had become politically impotent and that his decision to support the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema would have no effect on the performance of the ruling party in the August general elections..
He said Dr Scott stopped being a member of the PF in January 2015 after he worked hard to frustrate President Edgar Lungu from assuming the presidency of the PF.
Mr Kambwili acused Dr Scott of being used by a cartel which he claimed was determined to take control of two sectors in the economy, the awarding of contracts in the roads sector and the procurement of crude oil.
He accused Dr Scott, Miles Sampa, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and the cartel of harbouring hatred against President Lungu, stating that the clique would do anything to remove the Head of State from State House.
“The cartel is therefore ready to work with those whom they could not share a forum with only for purposes of unseating President Lungu and the PF,” Mr Kambwili said.
Mr Kambwili dispelled assertions by Dr Scott, Mr Sampa and Mr Mwamba that the PF had been infiltrated and hijacked by the MMD saying some members who had left the party were bitter.