ALVIN CHIINGA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary-general Davies Chama says insinuations linking President Lungu to the alleged shooting incident at The Post newspaper on Wednesday are unfortunate and unacceptable.
Mr Chama said in an interview yesterday that making wild allegations that put the name of the President into disrepute will not be condoned.
â€œThere is no need for anyone to associate the alleged shooting at the Post newspaper to President Lungu because what we should understand is that the Post Newspapers could have created a lot of enemies,â€ Mr Chama said.
He advised The Post newspapers management to allow the police to thoroughly investigate the alleged shooting so that the matter can be conclusively disposed of instead of dragging President Lunguâ€™s name into it.
He said the alleged shooting incident attracts a lot of questions because of the manner that the witnesses have narrated it.
â€œI want to imagine that the one who did the shooting should have been in a helicopter or was flying above the newsroom of the Post newspaper,â€ Mr Chama said.
He said insinuations linking the President to the shooting will not solve the problems that the Post newspaper is facing because it is a fact that the media organisation could have created a lot of enemies in the course of its duties.
Mr Chama also wondered how someone could have managed to positon themselves and target the newspaperâ€™s newsroom.
On Wednesday, the Post newspaper reported that a bullet had pierced through their newsroom causing panic among reporters who were present.
And PF Media and Publicity Committee vice-chairperson Sunday Chanda has cautioned against politicising the alleged shooting incident.
â€œIt is in the best interest of investigations that political commentators in the nation do not derail the course of investigations by the Zambia Police. This we say because of the cheap propaganda that is going to follow in the aftermath of the reported shooting,â€ he said in a statement released yesterday.
â€œIt will be a disservice to the traumatised reporters at the Post Newspaper if anyone, including the paper itself, plays political ping-pong with this matter,â€ he said.
ALVIN CHIINGA, Lusaka