Bomb explodes at “Times of Zambia” office; death threats issued against three of the newspaper’s editors

On 31 May 1996, a bomb exploded at the offices of the state-owned
“Times of Zambia” newspaper in the town of Ndola. No one was hurt
in the blast which reportedly caused extensive damage to the
newspaper’s computer room. Previously, on 23 May, death threats
against several “Times of Zambia” editors and reporters were
posted outside the newspaper’s printing house in Ndola. According
to the Inter Press Service news agency, “Times of Zambia”
managing director Emmanuel Nyirenda, features editor Samuel Ngoma
and political correspondent Kondwani Chirambo were on “top of the
hit list,” and were labelled as “propagandists.” The threats were
reportedly made by a group calling themselves the Black Mambas,
which has also claimed responsibility for a recent spate of bomb
blasts in Zambia. On 2 June, police arrested five members of
former President Dr Kenneth Kaunda’s United National Independence
Party in connection with the bombings.

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