Newspaper Editor Considers Defamation Suit against Defence Minister

Recent political infighting among two figures of the ruling Patriotic Front party may land in civil courts, as Post Newspaper editor-in-chief Fred M’membe is reportedly considering bringing a suit against Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.

After weeks of negative articles alleging corruption by the defence minister, Mwamba said in an interview that “M’membe wants to decide who becomes president of Zambia.”

A reliable source at the newspaper disclosed that the CrossFire programme aired on Blog Talk Radio on Tuesday angered M’membe who immediately engaged prominent Lusaka lawyer Lubinda Linyama to take legal action against GBM.

The source said M’membe yesterday held a private meeting with Lawyer Linyama of Erick Silwamba and company who is believed to be his relation.

“It seems he was consulting on the same because the two held a meeting at M’membe’s office.

And today The Post twisted Mwamba’s Blog Talk interview and accused the defence minister of entering politics to expand his business.

During the interview, Mwamba said he joined politics because he wanted to be closer to people in government.

But othe newspaper run a provocative headline on its front page today saying: “GBM SAYS HE ENTERED POLITICS FOR BUSINESS”.

The story says GBM wanted to make his business successful, hence his decision to join politics.

The Post Newspaper has unofficially taken the side of Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba, who has been pushing to take over control of the party.  Mr. Kabimba faces his own corruption allegations.


  1. Spyglass

    Man, so that’s not what GBM said??? wow, GBM is under fire and in the same ship with the very people he attacked, opposition leaders.lol

  2. Mphangwe

    Fred Mmembe must buy binoculars to focus into the immediate past and gauge the developments. If one were to dig into the archives, this region had such informative newspapers known as THE AFRICAN LIFE and THE CENTRAL AFRICAN EXAMINER. Mmembe and The Post must learn to be humble

    The old belief goes to state that HISTORY is bound to repeat itself. The unfolding scenarios within the structure of PF and its Govt are becoming politically interesting for students of political science. The events provide a fertile ground for a Masters degree at Unza. Academics in the disciplines of History and Political Science cannot ignore such dynamics.

    GBM’s reaction stems from his natural genetic make up. He is not a MUZUNGU ANIKONDE.

    After all Sata got the Bemba support in Northern and Luapula Provinces because of GBM’s political and financial input into the PF system. Kabimba is just a shameless scavenging CHIMBWI who is prostituting to reap where he did not sow. On the basis of history it is Kabimba and Mmembe who must tread cautiously.

    Besides, since PF is a party that ethnically belongs to the Bemba, the events that will follow in a few days, weeks or months to come will reveal a wide crack over which a large carpet has been concealing below the ground.

    The true genetic make up and colour of the Bemba was phenotypically expressed when Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe waged wars against the then Vice President Reuben Kamanga and later rebelled against Kaunda to form his UPP. We can safely state that this is a phenomenon that has propelled the Bembas to rally behind Sata’s tribal crusades.

    Sata’s wish to create the Muchinga Province with Chinsali as a Provincial capital will best be explained and confirmed by historians. The links are easy to connect behind the creation of this province.

    Hence Lameck Mangani Inonge Wina and their clique of boot lickers in Eastern, Southern, Western and Northwestern Provinces must take note.

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