Zambia police probe into leakage of president’s speech

The police in Zambia have launched investigations over the leakage of President Edgar Lungu's speech he delivered at the start of the Fifth Session of the 11th National Assembly, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Thursday.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

Lungu’s speech, which he delivered during the opening of parliament last Friday was published by the private Post Newspaper in its Friday edition before it was read, leading to concerns from various stakeholders.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Stella Libongani, the Inspector-General of the Zambia Police said the police have launched investigations to establish how the private newspaper acquired the presidential speech which was a secret document and caused its publication.

“We have commenced investigations into this leakage and we will soon update the nation on the outcome of this matter,” she was quoted as saying by the paper.

On Tuesday, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini asked the country’s Vice-President Inonge Wina to explain why the president’s speech, which was a classified document, was leaked to the media.

The speaker said the Zambian vice-president should explain to the public the consequences of leaking classified government documents following concerns from Members of Parliament who expressed shock that the speech was leaked to the media even before it was read.

Publishing classified government documents is a criminal offense in Zambia under the State Secrets Act and one could face a minimum 15 year jail term if convicted. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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