By Fulman Mukobeko
Chief Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga has backed Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganga’s warning that certain publications that will pose a security risk be caged in the 90 days of threatened State of Emergency.
And Mulenga who is Information and Broadcasting Services Minister has dismissed fears that the threatened State of Emergency is meant to harass citizens, saying people’s safety is guaranteed during the said period.
Speaking to Journalists after the induction of Mandevu Member of Parliament Jean Kapata as Patriotic Front(PF) Women’s League Chairperson, Mulenga said it is a fact that media houses that will misbehave and endanger the lives of citizens through careless reporting will be ordered by police to close shop.
“Obviously there will be restrictions. We must safeguard the lives of our citizens. if the police feel this area is endangering the lives of the citizens then they will move in to put restrictions,” Mulenga said
She however, said these restrictions will not be necessary if Zambians behave in an orderly manner.
“We expect Zambians to be law abiding citizens, otherwise there should be no restrictions…there are are no restrictions but if we are called to put restrictions will put them in place,” she warned.
Mulenga urged the media to report responsibly during the period under review.
Just like an old adage that a careless statement can put the country on fire, Mulenga said the media should report on matters that borders on peace and not that fan trouble and confusion.
She said the media should accurately report about President Lungu’s invoking of article 31 which she said is not a State of Emergency in itself.
Mulenga assured that invoking of article 31 was not aimed at harassing Zambians but to strengthen security in the country.