Power and Politics

Policy commentator, M’hango, knocks Minister Mweetwa, calls for his resignation


Stanley Mhango, a policy commentator, says  Chief Government Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa, should consider stepping down from his  ministerial position following his  recent utterances.

M’hango who is former Forum for Democratic  Process (FODEP) Executive Director advised that Mweetwa should resign on moral grounds  following the expose on him by KBN Television.

Like  many citizens have said ,I wish to appeal to the Chief Government  Spokesperson, Hon Mweetwa to resign as his utterances are a danger to the country’s growing  democracy, peace and unity,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

He invited the media in Zambia, the Church, Civil Society and  citizens  to stand with KBN TV insisting  that the platform acted in good faith hence  deserved  to be supported.

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“The media is  a fourth arm of government and plays a critical role in ensuring that our elected leaders are held accountable for their  actions as demonstrated by KBN TV,” M’hango said.

He noted that  in a country where the democratic space was  shrinking  each day, “we need a robust and fearless media to act as the eyes and mouth piece of the voiceless majority.

M’hango  further  noted that the action of the television station was  a clarion call to all media institutions to stand firm and speak the truth to powers  that be for the sake of the nation.

“The issue the Minister was trying to address with the Television employee was not private or personal but a matter that has massive national attention.”

To remain above board, the Minister should have used public means to address the grave concerns raised by the public.

Mweetwa is  reportedly to have called KBN Television staffer Innocent Phiri to help in clarifying his earlier  statement  that the United Party for National Development (UPND) in opposition used former Minister Chishimba Kambwili to spread tribal hate and gain political advantage.

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