After being given 24 hours to apologise for criticising the preseident, Zambian musician Brian Bwembya and popular photographer Tukuta Chellah have refused to do so.
Their offence was that they condemn President Edgar Lungu and his government on social media.
Bwembya, Chellan and songster Kings Malembe, were given a 24-hour ultimatum by a government minister to say sorry to the president for their criticism.
Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo said yesterday that he won’t allow people to “insult the office of the president”. Though the minister did not specify what action he would take against those who fail to apologise.
Kings has only apologised for “not using the right platform” to address the issues but has not fully apologised for his utterances.
Bwembya, also known as B-Flow a notable dancehall singer has been vocally critical of alleged mistreatment of Zambian workers by Chinese managers.
Also, photographer Chellah has been complaining about alleged corruption in the government.
B-Flow believes he’s saying the truth and won’t say sorry for standing for the truth. He said boldly: “I will neither be silenced nor be intimidated for exercising my freedom of expression”.
He claimed that threats from the Lusaka province minister will not stop him from highlighting the challenges the nation is facing.
He remained adamant that he is protected by the constitution of Zambia and everything he said in his video statement is a true representation of what the majority of Zambians are saying.
Chellah also stood by what he said in his video posted online and said he is not apologising for anything.
He said what is happening in Zambia is wrong and his love for President Lungu will not take the truth from him.
He disclosed that any person who loves the president will open up. He enjoined Zambians thus: “If we love our president, you and I should help him in this fight against corruption”.