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Mosho should be pursued over Post assets – UPND

LIQUIDATORS of Post Newspapers Limited should be held accountable and ensure they pay the former employees of the private media house, Central Province UPND youth chairman Milner Mwanakampwe has demanded.

In a statement, Mwanakampwe said those that championed the closure of The Post and rushed to appoint a liquidator should be ashamed to note that four years after the liquidation the person they entrusted as liquidator has not paid the former workers.

“Zambians have not forgotten that it was a few weeks after the Head of State publicly stated that he will fall on Fred M’membe (former editor-in chief and managing director of The Post newspaper) like a tonne of bricks that a live bullet pierced through the ceiling board of The Post newspaper newsroom. The Zambian people have not forgotten that it was a few months after the Head of State had overtly stated that he will fall on Fred [M’membe] like a tonne of bricks that we saw the Zambia Revenue Authority making manoeuvres to raise tax issues with that private newspaper,” he said. “Zambians have not forgotten that what followed was the closure of The Post newspaper, appointment of a liquidator by the name of Lewis Mosho and, subsequent sale of The Post newspaper’s assets by the said liquidator. And those that championed the closure of The Post newspaper in 2016 and rushed to appoint a liquidator should be ashamed to note that four years after the closure and subsequent sale of the private newspaper’s assets the person they entrusted as liquidator has not paid the former workers.”

Mwanakampwe said everyone knew those that championed the closure of the newspaper.

“We all know the people that championed the fraudulent closure of The Post newspaper. The liquidators of The Post newspaper should be held accountable and ensure that they pay the former employees of the private media house,” Mwanakampwe said. “The closure of The Post newspaper has, no doubt, adversely affected many families of our comrades that worked at that media house. And it is for this reason that the closure of The Post newspaper will continue haunting those that championed that fraudulent crusade.”

Mwanakampwe observed that Dr M’membe built his business empire through hard work for more than two decades and created jobs for Zambians.

“Comrade Fred M’membe built that business empire in 25 years, created employment opportunities for Zambians. And it is not only unwise but also unfair for one regime to destroy the gains and benefits that came with the daily operations of that independent newspaper in The Post,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mwanakampwe has said information minister Dora Siliya has no moral authority to state that government was studying allegations made by FDD leader Edith Nawakwi regarding the privatisation programme that was implemented by the MMD government in the 1990s.

“Madam Dora Siliya should be reminded that Zambians have not forgotten that she was at the helm of the Ministry of Transport and Communications when the MMD regime fraudulently sold Zamtel to Lap Green,” said Mwanakampwe. “She should be reminded that at the time the MMD government opted to award a tender for the improvement of radar terminal at the then [Lusaka] International Airport she was at the centre of things. Therefore, Madam Dora Siliya has no moral authority to state that government was studying revelations made by FDD leader Edith Nawakwi regarding the privatisation programme that was implemented by the MMD government.”

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