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Female Journalist Arrested for alerting Government

“Shame on you photographers who took the pictures of our mother naked” these were the words of our republican president as he was addressing journalist during a press conference last month.
I tend to wonder why some politicians can not admit when they are wrong. Why do they always want to pretend as if they are right and everyone else wrong?

Kabwela a female news editor was arrested and charged with circulating absence material with the intention to corrupt the morals of society. She works for a private media organization known as post news, a private media company.
During the strikes that nurses had in Zambia, the situation was devastating in all the public hospitals and clinics, as no or few staffs which included student nurses were operating. It is this time that a woman was captured giving birth in public outside the largest hospital in the capital of zambia. The photo was taken by the woman's sister who later took it to the post organization. Last month press briefing saw the republican president angry as he commented on the matter and announced that the law should take its matter. As a news editor and concerned woman citizen Kabwela circulated the photos to the vice president, secretary to the cabinet, women for change non governmental organization and archbishop, in order to alert the authorities what was actually happening and if the photo can be published in the paper. The vice president did not respond, whereas women for change and other did not or responded negatively. The pictures were said to have been circulated over the internet by Kabwela. The poor female journalist was arrested and released on bond and later appeared in the court of law. Fortunately she was found not guilty of the charge labeled against her. I feel for our democracy because, many concerned citizens who want to inform government on what is actually happening on the ground are seen to be threats to the nation and are arrested. Can we say we have freedom of expression!
Instead of the picture to be seen as an eye opener on what strikes can do to the society, the government took it as pornography. Instead of taking up the challenge and addressing the situation, they decided to hide the fact and speak of law. What is law when people are in need!


olutosin's picture

The World is Aware

My Dear Friend,

Is there anyone who does not know his/her mother's name when he/she calls her mummy, breeze has blown we can all see the anus of the fowl!!!!!!!

There is no hiding place for the African leader, report or no report, the World is aware that they are egocentric liars.They left leprosy unattended to, they are searching out for medicine to prevent ringworm, which is worse, ringworm or leprosy?.
The pornographic films dispalyed by the roadsides are no problem, God is behind us while they have the power and money, one day this power will fail and NAME will be all that is needed as key to open the door, and then being the giant will not open the door, he who has the key will.

Exactly the way world powers visit Africa, and pretend as if giants of Afica is inconsequential is the way these leaders will be disgraced, Nigerians will say "they have no mouth there" Yes o, some of our past leaders cannot speak in public now. They had the money to build schools, they built primary, secondary and now they have buil universities, if government owned universities are on strike, there children will never be on strike but a day is coming, says the Lord.

We are new and different, let us change the World, a Kenyan adage says, A listening ear is followed by Blessing while, deaf ear is followed by Death/wrath.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


Dando's picture

Olustosin Dear

I agree with you, our leaders are too egocentric, all they care for is self-gain and power nothing more. But like you said one day their power will fail. Just because they are in power then they think they can manipulate and intimidate people who strive, toil and put them in power. Where is their promise of eradicating poverty reduction and corruption, are we just going to be lied to like this forever, No! I agree with Adage " we are different, let us change the world".

Thanks Dear for your contribution, God help our nations as we continue to fight and pray for change.

JaniceW's picture


Journalism has an unusual capacity to serve as watchdog over those whose power and position most affect citizens. It is through responsible journalism that society can fight against despotism; courts have affirmed it; citizens rely on it. Although Kabwela was arrested and charged (though fortunately acquitted), she brought attention of the conditions of your hospitals to the foreground of the press fulfilling her responsibilities as a journalist to the citizens of Kenya. Thank you for sharing this story.

Dando's picture

Dear JaniceW

without Journalism the world would be very behind with what is happening around them. it is through journalism that citizen are informed and become aware of what kind of leaders govern them. I agree with you that it is only through journalism that society can fight against despotism.

thanks for having found time to read through.



Jennifer Ruwart's picture

There is a theme

I am seeing a theme of stories lately... of women journalists being harassed and/or prosecuted. Thank you for sharing this particular one. I stand beside you and Kabwela in solidarity.

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

Dando's picture

Thank you

for support. In my country, journalist especially from private media are now seen as threat to Government. This is because they point up issues as they are and inform readers on the exact thing happening both in governemt and society.At times the post journalists are harassed by party cadre of the ruling party movement.
thanks for finding time to comment on my article.

with love


Nusrat Ara's picture

It is a shame for the

It is a shame for the president and not the photograher. It is interesting to see how we try to cover up our failings, weaknesses. It takes a man of character to take responsiblity. Hope and pray ur President sees sense.



Dando's picture


I agree with you, it is really a shame. Imagine when the event of the woman giving birth outside the hospital in public happened, the president had not yet commented on the strike action by nurses. This was about two weeks after health
workers went on strike, yet he found the courage to blame and accuse journalist of influencing the strike action,

I don't think he will ever find sense because he went ahead of authorizing the arrest of our dear sister.

thanks for your comment,
with love!!


Khushbu's picture


Hi Dando

Thank you so much for sharing the story with us..You are right when you say that our leaders are never ready to accept their mistakes..all they know is Blame Game....its disheartening to see how a mother's plight was labeled pornography by the President...I hope this reaches everybody...

In Solidarity

Khushbu Agrawal

Dando's picture

Hi Khushbu,

I guess it is always like that, even if you are in a soul called democracy country.
Leaders will always get what the want.

thanks and have a good day

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