President Michael Sata has welcomed Dr Nevers Mumba’s intention to sue the Government. This is contained in a press statement released to the media by his assistant for press and public relations George Chellah.
The President has said that this will provide the Zambian people a golden opportunity to know what transpired at the Zambian Mission in Canada before Dr Mumba was recalled.
President Sata reminded Dr Mumba that the Attorney General’s Chambers stands ready to receive the legal suit at the earliest convenient time.
The President however hopes that Dr Mumba’s legal threat is not meant to intimidate law enforcement agencies that are carrying out an investigation on him.
The Head of State wishes to reiterate that those facing corruption investigations must not seek to intimidate law enforcement agencies by false claims of a witch-hunt and allegations that the country was sliding into a police state.
The President has also taken note of the strange offer of protection Dr Mumba has promised former president Rupiah Bwezani Banda.
“Dr Mumba stated that: ‘…let us fill the jails of this country until freedom comes.’ Truly, those found wanting will have to serve their time in jail before they regain their freedom. This is the position of the law and we hope Dr Mumba and his colleagues will respect that,” President Sata said.
“Dr Mumba was in Zambia when people were fighting for freedom but typical of him, he went to hide in the Christian Coalition. Zambians know that Dr Mumba is just an opportunist who goes with the wind. What protection can Dr Mumba offer to anybody? As a matter of fact, Mr Rupiah Banda does not need Dr Mumba’s dirt hands to protect him.
“It is regrettable that it has become fashionable for people facing legitimate investigations to make outrageous and preposterous allegations against myself and the law enforcement agencies. An investigation is not a sentence so let my brothers and sisters keep the cool.”
President Sata said that Zambia is a democracy and this entails that the rule of law shall apply fairly to all citizens regardless of their status or political affiliation.