Civil rights activist Brebner Changala has observed that Zambia is drifting into a dangerous direction owing to the culture of hatred being spread by the media.
Mr. Changala says the Zambian society is being saturated with hatred mainly peddled by some media houses who seem to have differences with particular individuals in the Patriotic Front (PF) government.
He has told Qfm News by telephone that he does not think it does anyone any good for the country’s economic issue to deteriorate into an exchange of bitter words between two opposing sides.
Mr. Changala notes that much as he does not think Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda is a good Minister, the high level of hate messages targeted at him through some sections of the media is very dangerous to the country’s peace.
He says as Finance Minister, Mr. Chikwanda performs his duties on behalf of the Cabinet and the Republican President who is also the custodian of the Zambian people’s interests.
Mr. Changala states that to isolate Mr. Chikwanda and go after him over any policy pronouncements of the government is a totally unacceptable and inhumane a practice that must be stopped.
He says this is particularly that such kind of hatred being directed at Mr. Chikwanda has been witnessed before when former late Republican President Frederick Chiluba and the immediate past republican President Rupiah Banda were targeted.
Mr. Changala says it is for this reason that he calls upon the church in the country to speak against such hatred that is creeping in the country.
( Thursday 16th October 2014 )