PF Secretary General Davies Mwila says he will not apologise to Prime TV for chasing away two of its journalists who went to cover his press briefing last Saturday.
And Mwila says Luangeni PF member of parliament Charles Zulu’s suspension stands even though it was executed by the grassroots.
Meanwhile, Mwila says if there are any PF members of parliament supporting Democratic Party leader Harry Kalaba’s presidential bid, they are cowards.
Mwila, who is former Home Affairs Minister, told News Diggers! in an interview, Wednesday, that the ruling Patriotic Front appreciated media houses which covers its activities, even if they were doing so negatively.
“Prime Television, I have said I will not apologies!” Mwila said.
“That’s not an issue. A media institution cannot impose themselves on me, it’s not possible.”
When reminded that Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya issued a statement to the effect that he was eager to meet Prime TV to iron out the ‘misunderstanding’, Mwila asked, “Meet who?”
He said if the station wanted to meet him, they should request to do so the way the Media Institute for Southern Africa ,did.
“If they want, not me, me I will not request, but if they want to meet me, they can. MISA requested and they met me.”
Asked if those saying the PF was being hard on the media were right, Mwila said, “No, where? We have not been hard to you (News Diggers), you have been writing bad things about us, but we appreciate because you cover us, whether bad or good, you cover us.
That’s why I am even able to respond to you, we appreciate, because whatever we say, whether you twist it, but you have covered us, you get my point? And that’s the more reason we appreciate you.”
He said he had called Prime TV more than 16 times to cover his briefings but they had never covered.
“But imagine a situation whereby you call them (Prime TV), I have called them more than 16 times for my press briefing, they have never covered.