MISA Zambia says it has amicably dealt with the matter regarding PF cadres’ death threats on Radio Maria news editor after holding different meetings with the Eastern Province PF leadership, provincial police command and the Catholic Church in Chipata Diocese. And provincial PF secretary Joseph Kolosa says the party will endevour to promote a good working relationship with journalists. Briefing journalists at the end of her fact finding tour in Chipata on Thursday, MISA Zambia chairperson Hellen Mwale said her organisation followed the matter from the time it happened. “We are grateful to the police command in Eastern Province who were very handy in helping us deal with the matter.
We are also very happy that the Bishop and other priests here in Chipata also were very handy in coming to the aid of the staffer from Radio Maria. We are also very appreciative to the Eastern Province PF leadership for showing leadership and coming out in the open and apologising to the church on what transpired,” Mwale said.
“However, it did not end there because this was an issue between the offenders and the one who was offended. So we took keen interest in the matter and prayed that it comes to a logical conclusion, which I am very happy to announce this afternoon that we have really dealt with the issue and we are happy to state that the provincial PF leadership team has really regretted their action and sought forgiveness from Mr Tobias Daka from Radio Maria and we are also happy to announce and inform you that Mr Daka has since forgiven the people that threatened his life,” she said.
Mwale said there were three things that were tampered with that included freedom of expression, media freedom, and freedom for the people in Eastern Province to receive information from whoever was on radio at that particular time.
“So we have discussed with our colleagues and enlightened them on these issues and we are very confident as MISA that these people from now onwards, will endeavour to promote those rights for the people of Eastern Province and Zambia. We are grateful that our meetings were very fruitful. We engaged the PF, the journalists and the church and we hope that from these meetings, we are going to move forward in a more responsible and upright manner,” said Mwale.
And Kolosa said the party was thankful to MISA for its mediation skills and Daka for forgiving those who issued death threats on him. “We take responsibility towards what happened and it was very unfortunate that such a thing happened. Our two colleagues who were involved, that include our provincial youth chairperson and the provincial treasurer, have apologised from deep down their hearts and even Tobias Daka has forgiven them being a believer and a Christian. As a party, we’ll also go and render an apology to his family,” he said.
Kolosa said the media was very cardinal for any political development and assured the media fraternity that the party would endeavour to create a mutual relationship with the media. He said he was aware that another issue involving Chipata Central MP, Moses Mawere threatening Prime TV reporter Oswald Yambani II, also happened but that he was not in a position to comment on it because it involved a cabinet minister. Kolosa urged the media to consider the PF as its partner.