President Michael Sata has ordered the police to lock up freelance journalist Chanda Chimba III when he appears for questioning tomorrow after learning that his Stand Up for Zambia videos are now on the internet and can be viewed worldwide.
Highly placed sources within the Patriotic Front controlled Government Joint Investigating Team otherwise known as the Taskforce have disclosed that Chimba has been summoned to report at their offices tomorrow and will be locked up after interrogation.
President Sata and his media team are upset that Chimba’s documentaries, which chronicled events of the then opposition leader’s political career, were now beyond their reach.
“They are actually upset that we have not been doing anything when they summoned. To be honest, there is nothing criminal in what we are summoning for but we have to work under instruction,” the source said. “May be if the videos were not on youtube, it could be a different story.”
Chimba, producer of Stand Up for Zambia television documentary, is expected to appear for questioning on Wednesday January 9, 2013 at 10:00 hours. The sources have further revealed that Chimba will actually be formally charged and arrested on charges yet to be leveled against him.
Chimba’s documentaries among other things highlighted the Zambian Airways saga, the PF aligned Post Newspaper debt to the Zambia Revenue Authority. The documentaries also gave insight on how the PF teamed up with the Catholic church and some non-governmental organisations against the administration of Rupiah Banda.
The documentaries also show President Sata’s stinging attacks on the late President Levy Mwanawasa and his health.
According to the sources, it is clear that President Sata is determined to finish Chimba for his documentaries.
“If Chimba is taken to court, how will the proceedings unfold especially that Mutembo Nchito, the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, sued Chimba in a civil matter over the same documentaries regarding Zambian Airways?
“Will he get a fair trial under the circumstances for whatever it is he will be charged with and arrested for?”
Meanwhile, records at the High Court also show President Sata has several civil suits pending against Chimba. Fred M’membe also sued the Stand Up for Zambia producer in what may only be termed as a ploy that was aimed at scaring Chimba into stopping the production of the documentaries which only stopped when Judge Patrick Matibini now Speaker of the National Assembly, who is a PF stooge, curtailed the program.