Sports and Youth Minister Chishimba Kambwili has rubbished reports that former president Rupiah Banda had offered to support Patriotic Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu on conditions that his cases before the courts of law were discontinued.
Yesterday, the Post newspaper reported that the former head of State had offered to support Edgar Lungu on condition that he discontinues his court cases, closes down The Post and removes Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito if he wins this month’s presidential election.
Responding to the Post Newspaper article, Kambwili said that it was him who infarct approached the former head of state.
“It is actually me who approached Mr Banda and not Edgar and so these media reports are not true. The newspaper has always wanted to persecute Mr Banda. Even its coverage on Mr Banda about his court cases has been persecution.
“We approached Mr Banda so that he could help us campaign for PF so that we defeat UPND. We don’t want UPND to win these elections because once they win the election, this country will be divided,” Mr Kambwili said.
At a rally in Chipata yesterday, Mr Lungu reaffirmed his earlier statement that that nothing would stop him from ensuring that those who fraudulently owed Zambians were made accountable by paying back the people’s money.
“I did not create the law and it demands that whoever owes must pay back. No amount of blackmail and intimidation will stop me from recovering the people’s money overdue,” Mr Lungu said.
And PF media and publicity director Brian Hapunda accused the Post Newspaper of inventing allegations that it would become a target of persecution should Mr Lungu become president because of the endorsement he had received from Mr Banda who was a victim of the schemes of the cartel.
And PF media and publicity director Brian Hapunda said yesterday that some named media house and its allies had seen that Mr Lungu was unstoppable and had embarked on a propaganda campaign to slander and malign the Defence and Justice minister and Mr Banda.
He said one newspaper was inventing allegations that it would become a target of persecution should Mr Lungu become president because of the endorsement he had received from Mr Banda who was a victim of the schemes of the cartel.
“It is unfortunate that some newspaper with its allies have become so desperate to the extent that they are inventing issues to show that they will become victims of persecution once Mr Lungu becomes president after January 20 presidential election. Their fears have been compounded by the fact that former president Banda has endorsed Mr Lungu. The cartel knows the wrongs it has committed against Zambians.
“There has never been a time when Mr Lungu and Mr Banda met to discuss the removal of Mr Nchito as DPP or the closure of any newspaper. They are scared of their own shadows but real time will soon come,” Mr Hapunda said.
He stated that the negative publicity against Mr Lungu had in fact made the PF leader more popular and accepted because Zambians had realized that the cartel was bitter after failing to impose a candidate they would easily hold hostage and manipulate. Mr Hapunda said at no time had Mr Lungu and Mr Banda met to discuss the removal of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mutembo Nchito, closure of the Post Newspaper or the dropping of the former president’s cases.
He said the media house with its allies were scared because of the political and economic transgressions they had committed against Zambians over decades, injuring and blackmailing citizens without being challenged.
He said the fear that the law would soon catch up with members of the cartel has forced the clique to start “shooting aimlessly” at citizens who had nothing to do with their failure to retain their supremacy in Government and State institutions.