Police in Lusaka on Wednesday stormed Prime TV station demanding for video footage of their main news which was aired on March 14, 2018 and April 23, 2019 depicting Newsted Phiri and Joseph Mfula respectively.
Prime TV managing director Gerald Shawa confirmed the development to News Diggers and said the officers stormed the station and presented the two search warrants.
In the first search warrant, a deputy inspector from police headquarters is demanding for video footage of Prime TV news which was aired on March 14, 2018 depicting Newsted Phiri.
“In the Subordinate Court of the 1st class for the Lusaka District, holden at Lusaka. Whereas d/insp Ngulube, a police officer of Zambia Police Service Headquarters being first duly sworn, complains that on the unknown day of the following goods* video footage depicting Newsted Phiri aired on 14th March 2018 at 19:30 hours,” the search warrant read.
And in the second warrant, the same inspector is demanding for another video footage depicting Joseph Mfula.
“In the Magistrate Court of the 1st class for the Lusaka District, holden at Lusaka whereas d/insp Ngulube, a police officer of Zambia Police Service Headquarters being first duly sworn, complains that on the unknown day of 23/04/2018. The following goods* video footage aired on 23rd April 2018 at 19:30 hours depicting M/Joseph Mfula,” read the other warrant.
And when asked who those people mentioned in the search warrants were, Prime TV news managing editor Melody Mwala said she did not know them.
Police sources told News Diggers that the two were being investigated for Defamation of the President.