A PLOT to hound out Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Lilian Shawa Siyuni, in the same manner late Mukelabai Mukelabai was chased from the same office in 2000, has been exposed.
The intention, it is believed, is that if and when Hakainde Hichilema wins, suspended DPP Mutembo Nchito will be reinstated to replace Acting DPP Siyuni.
Lusaka businessman Faustin Kabwe has accused The Post Newspaper of having hatched a scheme targeting Ms Siyuni by fabricating lies that he (Kabwe) and former Zambia State Intelligence Services (ZSIS) director general Xavier Chungu had been having meetings with the acting DPP as published in yesterday’s edition of The Post Newspaper.
Mr Kabwe described as a total fabrication and blatant lie claims by The Post Newspaper that he (Kabwe) and Mr Chungu had been meeting Ms Siyuni, stating that the malicious report was designed to prejudice his cases pending determination in the Supreme Court and the High Court.
“Our country will never progress when we constantly engage in character assassination of each other for selfish motives and tolerate such rogue reporting that in Zambia alone passes
for journalism and freedom of expression,” Mr Kabwe said. Mr Kabwe recalled that the Post Newspaper made similar allegations against late DPP Mr Mukelabai in 2000 which led to his removal from office and subsequent flight to South Africa where he was found dead in his home soon after he arrived there. The cause of his death has not been established.
He said the newspaper was again embarking on similar malicious allegations against the acting DPP Siyuni in an attempt, he said, that smacked of another plot to hound the acting DPP out of office.
“It will be recalled that the Post newspaper made similar allegations against the late Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Mukelebai Mukelebai, in the early 2000s which led to his removal from office and subsequent flight from the country.
This new attempt by the Post newspaper smacks of another naked attempt to hound the acting DPP out of office and send her to an early grave,” Mr Kabwe said.
He said if the Post Newspaper had ‘‘an iota of decency’’, the newspaper should consider rendering an unreserved apology and offer to repair the damage they had caused by publishing falsehoods against innocent citizens.
“I have never met the acting DPP as alleged and do not even know her.
The first time she was pointed out to me was in court on the 12th of July 2016 at the Supreme Court hearing of my appeal.
The article therefore is a blatant lie designed to prejudice the cases pending determination in the Supreme Court and High Court in pursuance of the paper’s agenda of malicious propaganda and self-preservation,” Mr Kabwe said.
He said only in Zambia was ‘‘rogue reporting’’ by media houses such as the Post Newspaper passed as journalism and freedom of expression.
Mr Kabwe has challenged the Post Newspaper to be courageous and state the source of their information and content or be ready to answer the charges that would be brought against them for their contemptuous and malicious innuendos.
He said in a statement that the Post Newspaper was peddling lies against him in pursuance of what he termed an agenda of malicious propaganda and self-preservation.
“The Post should be courageous enough to state the source of their information and the content of whatever was supposedly discussed between me and the Acting DPP.
Otherwise the paper and its collaborators should have the decency to apologize and offer to repair the damage caused when the matters they have referred to in the article are before the courts of law.