Former Defence Minister, George Mpombo has advised government to stop issuing what he termed as ”Reckless” statements on the acquittal of second President, Frederick Chiluba.

Speaking when he featured on Radio Mazabuka’s ” Live wire programme,” today, Mr Mpombo said the statements on the acquittal have potential of dividing the nation.

Mr Mpombo said there is need for government to handle Dr Chiluba’s acquittal in a manner that will be acceptable to the general citizenry and unite the country.

He warned that if not properly handled, the second Republican President’s acquittal could affected the economic and social development of the nation.

The former minister said statements issued by government leaders prior to the judgment of Chiluba’s case could have to a large extent influenced the out come of the case.

He also urged government to reconcile with the Roman Catholic Church saying attacks on the church are unacceptable and misplaced.

Mr Mpombo said government should pursue a consultative process and avoid antagonizing one particular church.

“An attack on the church is an attack to all catholics which is not healthy for the country,” he said.

But Chief government Spokesperson, Ronnie Shikapwasha dismissed claims by Mr Mpombo that government has been reckless on the statements on Dr Chiluba’s acquittal.

Mr Shikapwasha, who is also Information and broadcasting minister, said Zambia is a democracy which allows divergent views as evidenced by the debate on those against and in support of the Dr Chiluba’s acquittal.

He said the Judiciary operates independently adding that Zambians should accept and respect the acquittal of Second President.

The minister said what is surprising is that even Patriotic Front leader, Michael Sata is accusing government of having influenced the court decision to acquit Dr Chiluba when he, himself (Mr Sata) when he was acquitted by the same court no one accused him of having influenced the judgment.

” People should learn to accept the fact that the Judiciary in court is independent, We know that some people wanted to see the former President go to jail,” said Mr Shikapwasha.

On the attack to the Catholic church, Mr Shikapwasha maintained that the statement he issued in parliament still stands.

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  2. Shikakapwasha why are you blocking an appeal then??? Be real man . Dont just dream in your big head.

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  3. THE EARLIER SHIKAPWASHA GETS OUT OF THE ZED POLITICAL LIME LIGHT THE BETTER FOR THE NATION, THIS MAN CAN BRING CIVIL WAR. HE IS TOO RUDE AND PROUD FOR A NATIONAL LEADER. HE MIGHT A REV- BUT I DOUBT IF HE IS A CONVERTED ONE.

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  4. All Lenjes, Lambas, Tongas, Bembas will not vote for MMD, all Easterners, some Lozis and Kaondes will go for MMD. Plain truth.

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  5. Tribalist # 7,

    Which kaondes? Actually , where is the base of mmd now? northern , luapula and maybe eastern. Otherwise Kaondes are smart first grader to be treated like door mats for crazy politicians.

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  6. Mpombo should just continue confusing himself than talking of national division and court influence he has no clue about.The Zambian Judiciary is the most responsible and independent system in the whole of Sub Sahara Africa hence contracted to preside over many Global level judicial panels.Our products have and serve on the ICC, in Namibia, the Gambia, Gabon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, currently on the Kenyan Electoral commission and in East Asian countries.

    Let him read what LAZ said in response to Sata’s statement below:

    LUSAKA 15 September 2006

    ZAMBIA OPPOSITION CHIEF PLEDGES TO DROP CHILUBA CHARGES

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  7. ZAMBIA OPPOSITION CHIEF PLEDGES TO DROP CHILUBA CHARGES

    Zambia’s controversial opposition leader Michael Sata pledged Friday to drop all corruption charges against former president Frederick Chiluba if elected president in this month’s election.

    Sata, campaigning in northern Zambia where Chiluba remains extremely popular, told a public meeting that the ex-president was being “persecuted” by his successor Levy Mwanawasa who is seeking a second term of office.

    The PF leader Michael Sata said all the people who have been arrested alongside Chiluba on corruption charges were from Northern and Luapula provinces,which showed that Mwanawasa hated them as a people.

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  8. “The man (Mwanawasa) is vindictive for nothing.I will drop all the charges against Chiluba,” said Sata.

    He said he would also allow the return of fugitive ex-intelligence chief Xavier Chungu who fled the country two years ago after being arrested for corruption and abuse of public funds when he worked under Chiluba.

    The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) however said that Sata’s statement carried no weight as the president law does not have the powers to drop charges in cases which are before the courts.

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  9. Mpombo is exihibiting failed leadership behavior.All he knows best is to drink katata and Impote than national affairs and Christianity.By all dimensions, the Rt.Reverend Ft.Lt.General Shikapwasha’s August House speech was and is irreproachable to any Godly citizen.It created no space for apologetic.There was no better way of articulating it but the way he did it.This is a battle of the Antichrist, anti salvation, anti Christian nation covenant, anti peace and pro-rituals against the body of Christ.Personally I unflinchingly stand with Reverend Shikapwasha and refuse to serve no foreign God but Jehovah.The body of Christ need to support the man of God for his courageous speech.

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  10. Joshua 24:20 If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you.”.

    “Ye are My witnesses”, saith the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He: before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside Me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:10-11)

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  11. Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and His redeemer the LORD of hosts; “I am the first, and I am the last; and beside Me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6)

    “Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even My witnesses. Is there a God beside Me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.” (Isaiah 44:8)

    Also in Isaiah 45:5,6 and 18.

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  12. Mwebo bamfumu,baMpombo,nindo kablili kulisebanya uku,kani kachito mulefwaya tekeni umu tima,twaku pembela ama elections kuntanshi,mwebo impindi yenu yashila uku pyunge milimo sha calo cha-Zambia,peniko abaniche nemano ayatwile uku sholola icalo cesu..kamu tusha tukamisungeni mu retirement…nabambi baleleka muGovt yaba RB,tuka basunga…….

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  13. Zambia should enter into civil war to crop out bad seeds. Too much politicking leaving development on the ground. = war of words.. we are fed up… take arms instead.

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