Former president Rupiah Banda is the most abused citizen after UPND president Hakainde Hichilema by some sections of the media, says civil rights activist Brebner Changala.
Changala said the corrosive hatred being exhibited by some newspaper against president Banda was frightening because the former Head of State was leading the most decent life after retiring from active politics but that some newspapers had continued slandering and ridiculing him.
Changala said it was not surprising that the same newspapers had continued to concoct stories imbued with hatred against president Banda because they were allegedly pursuing an evil agenda of securing a conviction so that the former president could go to jail.
He said the same newspapers had already convicted president Banda and that was why they were publishing editorials meant to influence the courts of law in determining his cases.
Changala stated that president Banda had conducted himself in an excellent and statesmanship ever since he left the presidency and has struggled to avoid responding the several attacks from the cartel that was working hard to obliterate him from country’s political history.
Changala charged that the newspapers were promoting anarchy in Zambia by its continuous attacks and slander against president Banda because the former head of state was still enjoying a large following across the country.
He stated that a lot of people were being injured by the slander, malice, and the hate messages being propagated by newspaper against president Banda who was not even defending himself.
Changala said he was disappointed with the same newspaper were handing personal affairs of president Banda and had unliterary taken away his freedom of association and assembly.
“I am very disappointed with the manner some newspaper have handled president Banda’s personal affairs and interaction with other citizens. They have extensively abused president Banda. After Hichilema, president Banda is the most abused citizen by some of the local newspapers. They have already convicted president Banda in their editorials and they have ignored the golden rule of a person being innocent until proved guilty,” Changala said.
Changala has appealed to the editors to check their personal hatred they habour against president Banda stating that the story that was published recently claiming that the former head of state praised freelance TV journalist Chanda Chimba III about his prophetic warning of violence in the country had been tailored to suit the evil agenda of the private tabloid.
He wondered at what point Home Affairs deputy minister Nickson Chilangwa got involved in the joke president Banda shared with Chimba III for him (Chilangwa) to have maliciously attacked the former head of state.
Changala said Chilangwa was not at court when president Banda shared a light moment with Chimba III warning that what the deputy minister did not know was that he was being used to propagate hatred on behalf of the newspaper.