Nevers faces arrest for criticising Sata

Movement of Multiparty Democracy (MMD) president Nevers Mumba is expected to be arrested tomorrow following his appearance on a radio talk show programme where he had criticised President Michael Sata and his style of governing and running the affairs of the country.

During the radio programme, President Sata is said to have personally called Joy FM radio ordering that the programme be terminated but the presenter refused to bow to the presidential intimidation.

MMD director of communications Muhabi Lungu confirmed that Dr Mumba had been summoned by the police for questioning following his appearance on a radio programme on Joy FM last Thursday where he is alleged of having defamed President Michael Sata.

Lungu said Dr Mumba was supposed to present himself at Woodlands police station yesterday but the MMD leader had asked for more time to prepare himself and that he would only report to the police on Monday.

Lungu said it was most likely that President Sata had directly instructed the police to arrest Dr Mumba because on the day that he was featuring on Joy FM radio, the Head of State had apparently called the station to terminate the programme.

Lungu said he was of the view that President Sata was victimising and harassing Dr Mumba because the opposition leader had stated that there was confusion in the policy management and conduct of the President.

“Dr Mumba did not insult the President and telling Sata that he was untruthful was not an insult. The harassment and victimisation of Dr Mumba is purely based on the belief that President Sata is the Alpha and the Omega. This is not a monarchy where leaders cannot be criticised,” Lungu said.

He said it was the role of Dr Mumba as an opposition political party leader to cast light on what government and President Sata were doing and that when things were wrong, the leadership should not expect to be praised.