Former President Frederick Chiluba has refuted media reports suggesting that he celebrated the death of his predecessor, Levy Mwanawasa.
He said some sections of the media misunderstood him when he observed that whenever there is a change of leadership the country’s environment also changes.
The former Head of State said this at a thanksgiving service dubbed ‘Thanksgiving Service for the Acquittal of the Former Republican President’ organised by the clergy from various Pentecostal churches in Lusaka yesterday.
He said no-one should rejoice over another person’s death because all human beings are destined to die at a certain time.
“I did not rejoice over the death of President Mwanawasa. I meant to say that change of leadership in the country changes the environment but I was misunderstood by our colleagues from the press. No one should celebrate the death of another human being because everyone will die,” Dr Chiluba said
And Dr Chiluba has described his acquittal by the Lusaka magistrates court as God’s act and that President Banda did not in any way influence the court’s decision to acquit him on six counts of corruption charges involving US$500,000.
“President Banda had nothing to do with this acquittal. This acquittal is purely by the grace of God nothing else,” Dr Chiluba said.
He reiterated that Zambians must continue to uphold his declaration of the country as a Christian nation when he was President.
Dr Chiluba said that now that he has been acquitted he will concentrate and spend more time preaching the word of God.
He said that the eight years he spent facing corruption charges in court have helped to bring him closer to God because he met a lot of people who spent time praying with him.
“I am a great friend of all the Christian denominations in the country. The past eight years has brought me closer to God. Had it not been for the false accusations, I would not have been closer to God,” he said.
He thanked his wife Regina for having endured the times he had been sick and going to court.
Dr Chiluba has also hailed his spokesperson Emmanuel Mwamba, Dr Justine Kangwa, lawyers John Sangwa and Robert Simeza and all support staff for not deserting him when he faced the corruption charges.
Liberty Christian Centre bishop, Eddie Mulenga, said the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation has been further strengthened by Dr Chiluba’s acquittal.
Bishop Mulenga said Dr Chiluba’s acquittal is an indication that God has delivered the former Head of State because of his honest leadership when he was Republican President.
He commended the media in the country for their consistency in informing the nation about Dr Chiluba’s court proceedings.
Dunamis Church apostle, Dan Pule, said Dr Chiluba’s acquittal is a victory for all Christians.
[Zambia Daily Mail]