Police obtain warrants to search Prime TV

By Staff Reporter

Police in Lusaka have obtained two warrants to search the country’s second biggest private broadcasting station, Prime Television.

The station on Tuesday broadcast live opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s appearance at Ndola police for questioning over an allegation that he incited the recent riots in Kitwe after he said on a radio programme that the government had sold ZAFFICO.

According to a letter from the police Inspector General’s office dated November 18 and signed by a Superintendent A Shonga, Prime Television has been asked to surrender certain video footage.

“This office is requesting for information from your office in order to facilitate our investigations. I have attached hereto search warrants in regard to the information we are requesting for,” stated Shonga.

And the search warrants served on the station requested for two different material respectively.

The November 15 warrant obtained by an Inspector Nyama pertained to video footage from a UPND rally held in Bweengwa constituency in Southern Province.

“… ON THE PRIME TV MAIN NEWS AT 19:30 HOURS, A CLIP OF THE PROCEEDINGS AT A RALLY WAS SHOWN IN WHICH SOME KNOWN MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FOR BWENGWA CONSTITUENCY AND CHOMA CENTRAL ARE ALLEGED TO HAVE UTTERED SOME DEFAMING REMARKS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA,” stated the warrant.

And another warrant also obtained by Insp Nyama, dated November 19, was connected to a story Prime Television aired the previous day.

“…ON 18/11/2018 ON PRIME TV MAIN NEWS, A STORY WAS AIRED THAT PF CADRES HAVE BEEN GIVEN POLICE UNIFORMS TO USE ON THE COPPERBELT,” read the warrant.