Police in Lusaka have arrested freelance journalist Chanda Chimba III on orders from President Michael Sata. Chimba will be detained at Woodlands Police Station and is expected to appear in court soon.
Zambia Reports yesterday revealed that Chimba was summoned for further questioning by the Patriotic Front controlled Government Joint Investigating Team otherwise known as the Taskforce and would be locked up as ordered by President Sata.
President Sata’s orders to arrest Chimba come after learning that his Stand Up for Zambia videos, which were critical of his flip-flopping political career, are now on the internet and can be viewed worldwide.
Police sources have confirmed that Chimba, who appeared at the police around 10:00 hours today, is heading to Woodlands Police Station where he is being slapped with corruption charges for producing Stand Up for Zambia programmes
Yesterday, the sources within the Patriotic Front controlled Government Joint Investigating Team disclosed that Chimba will be locked up after interrogation.
According to the sources, 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 [him] 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’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.
Others that were due to be arrested in connection with Chimba’s documentary are former information minister Ronnie Shikapwasha, former information permanent secretary Dr Simon Phiri.
Former Zambia Daily Mail deputy managing editor Davis Mataka and media consultant Ngande Mwanagiti are due for arrest in connection with the publication of a news paper – The Zambian.