By Nation Reporter
INFORMATION minister Chishimba Kambwili has challenged Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja to expedite investigations into the matter in which he has reported the Post Newspaper to police for being in possession of a recording of his private telephone conversation with Kitwe district commissioner Chanda Kabwe.
Mr Kambwili said the Zambia Police had a number of cases against the Post Newspaper but there had not made any conclusion so that Zambians could know the outcome of the probe.
He said there were other cases such as the publication of a forged letter allegedly addressed to the Zambia State Intelligence Services (ZSIS) purportedly directing the institution to sign a contract with an Israeli company, Timor Consulting, to help the Patriotic Front (PF) win the August general elections.
Mr Kambwili said it was his desire to see that the police moved expeditiously in investigating how the Post Newspaper accessed a private telephone conversation he had with Mr Kabwe over the marketeers’ Presidential Empowerment Initiative Fund and eventually caused the publication of the recording without his consent or that of Mr Kabwe.
Mr Kambwili reported the Post Newspaper to police about two weeks ago following the publication of the private telephone conversation and now demands that the police should expedite their investigations into the matter so that the truth was known.
The Chief Government spokesperson charged that Zambia was under serious security risk if the culture of tapping citizens’ private phones and having their conversations published in newspapers was not going to be curbed.
Mr Kambwili said the police chief should ensure that all investigations against the Post Newspaper were concluded to avoid suspicions that there could be inertia on the part of the Police Command to deal with criminality.
He said he was eager to know whether the Post Newspaper had committed a criminal act by being in possession of his private conversation and causing its publication without his consent.
Mr Kambwili complained to the police that the Post Newspaper was engaging in activities of illegally recording and publishing private conversations of citizens and was therefore, a danger to the security of the country.