JOURNALIST Dr Fred M’membe says he misses journalism.
Dr M’membe was editor-in-chief of The Post newspaper until its closure by the PF government, using the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) on pretext of pursuing tax arrears, on June 21, 2016.
The Post was founded in 1991, then as the Weekly Post.
During an interaction with journalists at his office in Lusaka’s Garden compound on Thursday, Radio Phoenix staffer Logic Lukwanda asked Dr M’membe how much he missed writing and publishing.
In response, Dr M’membe said: “I write every day [and] I read every day.”
“I can’t imagine life without writing. I can’t imagine life without reading. As long as I live, I’ll write. As long as I live and my eyes are with me, I’ll read,” Dr M’membe said.
“Before I got into journalism, I was writing. Journalism improved my writing skills; I can write much faster and in a better way than somebody who has not been a journalist.”
He said he was a practising journalist for 26 years.
“It was my day’s life. I miss the newsroom. I’ll be lying to you if I told you ‘I don’t miss the newsroom’. You can’t do something for 26 years, and if you enjoyed it, and you don’t miss it. I enjoyed journalism, I miss it,” said Dr M’membe.
An advocate of the High Court, Dr M’membe is now Socialist Party president and is the party’s candidate for the 2021 election./SM