FORMER United Party for National Development (UPND) chairperson for defence and security Captain Cosmas Moono has warned that the propensity by The Post Newspaper of reporting people’s private conversation has the potential to cause chaos in Zambia.
Meanwhile, Capt. Moono has charged that the security of the country is highly compromised that was why The Post Newspaper had been freely publishing private conversations without being prosecuted.
Reacting to the publication of a private conversation between Patriotic Front central committee chairperson for treasury and party secretary general Davis Chama by The Post Newspaper, Capt. Moono said he was troubled with the status of the security system in the country which he believed was highly compromised.
Capt. Moono said there was urgent need to clean up the security system of the country because the current system had been highly infiltrated and compromised.
“We are worried as citizens with the way the security system has been handling issues of publishing people’s private conversation by tapping phones,” Capt. Moono said.
Capt. Moono said all the Mobile Service Providers (MSP) should equally be investigated by the Zambia Police Service because it was possible that they could allegedly be working with The Post Newspaper to get private people’s conversations.
Capt. Moono said the Service Mobile Provider could be better placed to be questioned how The Post Newspaper had been accessing private conversation of prominent citizens such as Mr Chikwanda who had been a consistent victim of phone tapping and Mr Chama.
He said the Zambia Police Service and all concerned law enforcement agencies should start screening the Service Mobile Providers because it was possible that they could be supplying The Post Newspaper with private people’s conversation.
Capt. Moono has since demanded for serious investigations into the matter in which Mr Chikwanda and Mr Chama had been recorded discussing PF financial matters by the Police and arrest anybody involved in the publication of people’s private conversation.
“This is a criminal activity and should be treated as such. One wonders how the Zambia Police Service can just keep quiet while people’s private conversations are being published,” Cap Moono said.
Capt. Moono said the conversation between Mr Chikwanda and Mr Chama was private and that if Mr Chikwanda and Mr Chama wanted their conversations published, the two would have called for a media briefing.
He said there was nothing wrong for political parties to discuss how resources for their campaigns could be mobilised.
Capt. Moono wondered what could have been the interest of The Post Newspaper to publish a private conversation of how resources for the PF would be mobilised for the general elections.