Police summon Muvi TV chief for questioning


By Nation Reporter

POLICE have summoned Muvi TV executive director Stephen Nyirenda to appear at Lusaka Central police station for questioning.

Muvi TV lawyer Milner Katolo confirmed that police had summoned Mr Nyirenda for questioning.

And the Independent Broadcasting Authority has ordered Muvi TV to furnish it with all recordings of news bulletins and politically inclined discussions and adverts televised between May 26 and August 21.

“We are going to the police next week ,they have not given us reasons yet but we will know when we appear before them on Tuesday next week. I am aware they had done a search at his (Nyirenda’s) home, whatever they were looking for, whether it is the PVT documents,  so all those will be addressed,” Mr Katolo said.

He also said the IBA had demanded all prime time news bulletin recordings that the station televised within the stipulated period.

“We received a letter today from the Independent Broadcasting Authority requesting for broadcast recordings and they are asking that Muvi TV furnishes the authority with broadcast recordings for the period 26 May to 21 August 2016 and that these recordings must comprise all prime time news bulletins as well as politically inclined discussions and adverts,” Mr Katolo said.

He said the institution would not heed to IBA’s demand because it remained closed.

“We told them that ‘you closed Muvi and we don’t know what you have done in the interim’ and if they want to do that, let them go ahead on their own (and find the recordings); so that is where we are now,” Mr Katolo said.

Last week,  Muvi TV and Komboni Radio dragged  the IBA and Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) to the Lusaka High Court, challenging the suspension of their broadcasting licenses.

The two media houses also want an order to compel IBA to remove police officers from their premises.

Meanwhile, High Court judge Mwiinde Siavwapa is expected to hear the matter on August 29.

And when contacted for a comment, Zambia Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said he was not aware of the summoning but would communicate if he received the information.