THE Post newspaper is desperate to continue publishing stories because it has entered into a mutual understanding with the UPND for coverage in exchange for reopening the institution if it wins this year’s election, the Zambia Republican Party (ZRP) has charged.
And the ZRP warned that it will effect a citizen’s arrest on anyone who will be found selling the Post newspaper on the streets because they were allegedly promoting illegality since the institution was closed and by law were not supposed to be producing the tabloid.
ZRP leader Wright Musoma said the Post’s only hope was UPND winning this year’s election because the paper and the opposition political party had entered into an agreement to provide public relations service and help it win the elections with promise of reopening it after elections.
He said the UPND will be held to ransom by the Post if it won the elections as it will be obliged to honour its promise to have all charges levelled against suspended Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mutembo Nchito dropped as well as giving the position of solicitor general to a member of the cartel so that they can infiltrate government.
He called upon the police to immediately arrest Post editor-in-chief Fred M’membe for practicing illegality by operating an institution which was lawfully closed for tax evasion saying no one was above the law.
“The Post and UPND have entered into a dangerous agreement which will see the paper continue to give undue coverage to the UPND with promises that if the party wins this year’s elections, it will drop all the charges against Nchito, give the position of the Solicitor General to a cartel member, and also reopen the Post unconditionally.
And Mr. Musoma warned that ZRP will effect a citizen’s arrest on anyone who will be found selling the Post newspaper on the streets because those doing so were allegedly promoting illegality since the institution was closed and by law was not supposed to cease its operations.
He said there was no way the law should be broken with impunity while the citizens of the country took it as business as usual adding that the continued printing of the Post newspaper was a direct assault on the law and was setting a bad precedence.
“M’membe is not a god and should not think that he is above the law and his continued printing of his paper with impunity should not be tolerated anymore. The police should move in and stop him from doing so because it is illegal. As ZRP, we want to warn newspaper vendors that we will effect a citizen’s arrest on anyone we will find selling the Post newspaper on the streets because that is aiding illegality,” he said.