Government has condemned the violence inflicted by UPND- cadres on Zambia News and Information Services -ZANIS- Reporter, VICTOR MWILA of IKELENGE District.
Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary AMOS MALUPENGA says government regrets the incidence that occurred after the burial procession of a UPND member on July 23, 2021.
Mr. MALUPENGA says Mr. MWILA sustained physical injuries and lost both personal and government property including a camera, phone and cash.
In a statement, Mr. MALUPENGA said government will not tolerate hooliganism and violent behavior because Zambia is a haven of peace.
He reminded politicians and Zambians at large that journalists need to be allowed to do their job professionally without fear or intimidation.
Mr. MALUPENGA has since tasked the Police in North Western Province to investigate the incidence thoroughly and ensure all culprits are brought to book.
Meanwhile, the victim, VICTOR MWILA has told ZNBC News that he met his fate as he was filming the funeral procession of a UPND cadre.
Mr. MWILA called on political cadres not to unjustifiably attack journalists as they discharge their duties.
He said journalists must be given space to professionally perform their duties