It is very interesting to see how the post newspaper picks up stories. In the past, the post newspaper used to publish controversial but informative stories almost in every quarter of the year. But this seems to have died out with coming of the PF government. I know a number of people in this country have wandered what is happening to our ever green story teller and an opinion leader in the nation.
Of course, general feeling that The Post Newspaper changes goal post especially when things favour them. We all know how The Post news paper really pursued the President Chiluba’s case. We all also know how The Post scandalized the current president when he was the only person who was supporting President Chiluba. Many of us Zambians know the Post newspaper.
So, the editorial comments published on the 29th March, 2013 are not different from what the post is well known for. But these comments are have made me wonder if the Post Newspaper is professional newspaper and it is within the lime night of natural justices.
According to the post newspaper, FORMER president Rupiah Banda yesterday sneaked into the South African High Commission for a private meeting with that country's High Commissioner to Zambia Kgoshi Piet Mathebe.
A check at the High Commission located along Cheetah road in Lusaka's Kabulonga area found employees vacating the offices with a notice on the gate saying the consulate would be closed at 10:00 hours in the morning.
I have no problem with the story, but my concerns are in the editorial of the Post Newspaper. Part of comments in the editorial reads… we hope the South African government of Jacob Zuma is not trying to interfere in the legitimate internal affairs of Zambia. Rupiah is facing legitimate criminal charges before our courts of law. Rupiah is not before a kangaroo court, but before the courts he himself says he has confidence in. If Rupiah does not agree with his prosecution, he can seek legal redress within this same judiciary he has declared confidence in.
Didn't South Africa itself prosecute Zuma when he was deputy president for corruption? Didn't the African National Congress terminate the presidency of Thabo Mbeki over these issues? Did the Zambian government protest that? Did the Zambian government interfere in their internal affairs? There are questions being raised about the expenditure on Zuma's personal home; has the Zambian government or have the Zambian politicians raised any issues concerning this?
Not very long ago, the South African police massacred defenseless miners in a manner that some of its own human rights activists are comparing to the apartheid Sharpeville massacre. No one in Zambia or indeed the whole SADC region raised any issue with Zuma or the South African government. This is a matter the South African authorities are dealing with internally.
We, therefore appeal to all the foreign missions in Zambia to be careful with the way they deal with Rupiah and the situation he finds himself in. They shouldn't deceive themselves that they will be allowed to place the interests of Rupiah above those of the Zambian people. If Rupiah matters more to them than the Zambian people, they will soon realize that to us as a nation, the interests of people take precedence over their commitment to Rupiah. They will also soon realise that Zambia since independence in 1964, has never been recolonised by any other country. We value our place in SADC, but we have not surrendered our sovereignty to any of our highly respected neighbours, including South Africa…The Post (29.03.2013).
Reading through these comments one would suggest that the post newspaper are up to something. First of the comments in the editorial comments are not fair, and the post news paper and its management were wrong to come out like that. I do believe the South African government will not react sharply but take their comments as newspaper. As I was reading through the comments one thing that came in my mind, was the fact that the post newspaper seem to suggest that Rupiah Banda is guilty of the offence and is about to free the nation and the South African government are about to airlift Rupiah Banda. It is also clear in the editorial that The Post newspaper has already passed judgment on Rupiah Banda. This stance remind me of how the post fought and jailed President Chiluba through the Newspaper until at one time the Magistrate court had to stop them from covering the court proceeding. Again this is the stance the post newspaper seems to take on this case. Anyway I known many Zambians are anxious and waiting to see how the Post newspaper will jail Rupiah.
The other comments that puzzle me are the comments suggesting that the South Africa Government feel the Zambian government is victimizing Rupiah Banda. Although the South African government has not commented on the Rupiah case, there is no point of dragging Jacob Zuma into Rupiah case. Moreover, Rupiah is the father of this nation and I doubt if really Rupiah can even go to South Africa to seek asylum.
Thirdly there was no need for the post newspaper to remind the South African government of the killing of the miners. This incidence has nothing to do with Rupiah Banda and it cannot compare to what Rupiah is facing. The massacre that happened in South Africa was very painful, and a number of South African are still mourning. So there is no need to remind the South African government of this massacre. The post errored on this case, they should concentrate on gathering evidence against Rupiah so that he can be jailed easily.
In addition to this, it is very important that The post newspaper help the nation to understand what is happening in the nation. Rather than speculating what is not happening in the nation. We all know what happened to Chiluba. The post ran a lot of editorial comments that even portrayed that Chiluba was a Kahili. But this never happened all what we were told that the money spent on prosecuting Chiluba was more than what was claimed to have been stolen. Again the post is now excited about this case.
In this nation, there are cases which many of us have even forgotten. Many of these cases are rotting in the high court or Supreme Court shelves. But when these cases started, The Post newspaper they drew a lot of excitements. One such a case is Dr. Katele Kalumba’s case.
Therefore, this case may just be another case where we the Zambians are excited, but it ends nowhere.