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Ambush by ‘Al Jazeera journalist’ meant to divert attention from on-going gold scandal —Kalaba


Citizens First president, Harry Kalaba, says he knew the purported Zimbabwean Al Jazeera journalist who ambushed him recently in Lusaka as a pastor.

Kalaba said the alleged attack against him by the said Zimbabwean Al Jazeera journalist was a ploy to distract citizens from the “Gold scandal” which has reportedly exposed some highly politically connected personalities.

A video had gone viral on social media where a Zimbabwean national claiming to be a journalist working for Al Jazeera ambushed Kalaba in a dramatic interview in which he accused the opposition leader to be part of the “Gold mafia” financing the rigging of the election in Zimbabwe in favour of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

In an interview on Saturday with journalists, Kalaba said he had been in contact with the said journalist for a while because he knew him as a person who was connected to a friend

“I have been in contact with the said journalist for a while because I knew him as a person who was connected to my friend,” Kalaba said.

Read more: In viral video, party leader, Kalaba, clashes with journalist over purported documentary on gold

Kalaba said when he was communicating with the journalist, he was made to believe that he was dealing with a pastor and that he was bringing a gift from a friend who was in the United Kingdom.

He said this was not the first time the journalist was sending a gift to him.

Kalaba also said there were people who were trying to divert people’s attention from a serious gold scandal that happened in Zambia to his political undertakings meant to scandalise him and damage his progressive political growth.

He challenged President Hakainde Hichilema to excuse himself in the matter.

Kalaba also challenged the security agencies to take up the issue and investigate the journalist by engaging the International Criminal Police Organisation, (Interpol), the organisation that facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control.

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