Police detaines Journalists refuse to disclose reason

The Police in Lusaka are holding two journalists that are allegedly linked to an Online Publication Zambian Watchdog perceived to be critical of the current regime.

And MISA- Zambia, a Media body has condemned the dentition of the two journalists.

Spokesperson for Police Chanda Munganga confirmed Tuesday, July 9, 2013 that the two journalists Clayson Hamasaka, a former Journalism Lecturer at Evelyn Hone College and Thomas Zyambo were picked early hours of Tuesday.

Munganga said the duo are being questioned on a case she refused to disclose saying doing so would jeopardize the investigations. They were picked around 3am after a raid at their houses. The State security claimed that they were looking for drugs and seditious materials.

Hamasaka who was the Head of Media Department at Evelyn Hone College before he was fired by the current regime is said to have been taken to a Lodge around Mass Media where they suspect he uploads stories to Watchdog from. He was later taken to Police Headquarters.

His lawyer Gilbert Phiri complained that the Police contrary to the law had kept his client from 3am without food. He said Hamasaka was supposed to have been released in the afternoon but was kept for interviews over documents police  found in his house.

Phiri explained that the lawyer were asked to leave as the Police said they did not need them during their interview with Hamasaka. He accused the State Security of violating his client’s rights wondering how they could summon someone and keep him that long without stating the reasons.

Phiri described the event as fraud and an abuse of human rights.

And MISA-Zambia  has condemned the holding of journalists by the State Security saying it is a violation of their human rights which they enjoy. MISA Chairperson Nalumino Nalumino said Zambia was not under coup where the constitution had been suspended for the PF government violate citizen’s rights.

“This should not be happening in a democratic society,” Hamasaka said. “We appeal to the Police to release the two journalists without any further delay as their continued confinement is not legal.”

The Media body has since engaged a law firm Kabesha and Company to join the legal team representing the two journalists.