Monday, 4 January 2010

[creative-radio] Zambia:Opposition Patriotic Front (PF) cadres storm Mazabuka community radio station

 

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Opposition Patriotic Front (PF) cadres in Mazabuka yesterday stormed
Mazabuka community radio station and ordered staff in the newsroom to
immediately suspend a live phone in programme in which the station
featured their provincial chairperson Opper Hamiyanze.

The cadres who were led by District chairperson, Nelson Simbule and
Provincial youth chairman, Brave Mweetwa forced their way into the
newsroom at 12:20 hours, directed reporters to stop the programme failure
to which they would enter the studio to ' evict' Mr Hamiyanze.

Reporters had to abandon the radio station for fear of possible harassment
from the cadres since the suspension of the programme could only be
sunctioned by Station manager who was at the time of the fracas out of the
station.

PF cadres chanted anti- Hamiyanze slogans as they waited for their
superiors to force Mr Hamiyanze from the studio though their demands could
not be heeded too.

The cadres briefly turned the community radio station into a political
battle field as they hurled insults and prepared themselves for a pysical
fight with Mr. Hamiyanze.

However, the cadres fled in their hired car after word went round that
Police were on their way to effect their arrest.

Police who arrived at the radio sation later found a skeleton of senior PF
party officials under a mango tree waiting for Mr. Hamiyanze to finish the
interview.

The police led by District Crimininal Investigation officer, Peter
Chibanda and station inspector Mufaya only interviewed the reporters and
left at 13:30 hours.

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