GOVERNMENT has condemned the Post newspaper for trying to threaten investor confidence.
“In their continued crusade against His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, The Post today carried an astonishing story in which they quote Pilgrim Wesleyan Church of Zambia Pastor Bob Sinamushanga as saying prayers for the President will be in vain if the Head of State does not abandon his beer drinking,” Mr Kambwili said.
The paper also quotes the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) Vice President Edwin Zulu, asking for a comprehensive report on the President’s health rather than piecemeal bulletins.
UPND national chairperson Mutale Nalumango was quoted as doubting the truthfulness of the bulletins given on the health status of President Lungu after successful surgery in South Africa. She wondered how a person who was declared fit recently could fall ill and adds in Bemba – Ifintu ifikulu tafyalulwa ( Meaning: Big things cannot be straightened).
But Mr Kambwili said; “Mrs Nalumango is a mother who is supposed to be more caring than she is conducting herself. Anyway, abantu bamo babipa imitima ngefyo babipa pa menso. Fwebambi twalibipa pamenso lelo imitima yesu isuma.”
“People of Zambia, where are we going? Surely a person cannot fall ill? Are all these people questioning the President’s illness immortal? Are they saying they cannot fall ill? For those being interviewed by The Post, know that the intention of The Post is to threaten investor confidence so that the Kwacha and the economy of this country are run aground,” he said.
Mr Kambwili continued;
The Post, as Zambians know, did not want Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu to become President of this country but to their chagrin, he is President of the Republic of Zambia, and they will do anything to ensure this country become ungovernable, and the President fails.
I leave it to Zambians to judge The Post, because if the economy collapses because investors decide to shun the country, it is the Zambian people to suffer.
And as we said yesterday concerning Bishop Mambo, It is worrying that preachers have allowed themselves to be used by a newspaper that has made it a preoccupation to attack the President and feast on any misfortune that may befall him.
It is really unbecoming of Pastor Sinamushanga to claim that President Lungu has a drinking problem that is causing him other health complications and to claim to know him better than hundreds of thousands of people who voted for him less than two months ago.
Pastor Sinamushanga’s statement is mischievous for a person claiming to be a man of God. At the rate the so-called Pastor is going, he will remain with no flock as no believer would like to associate with such a heartless Pastor.
One would expect a man of God to be truthful and not to mislead the nation with ugly lies as being peddled by a self-confessed former womanizer by the name of Pastor Sinamushanga.
We are left with no choice but to believe Pastor Sinamushanga’s past life of womanising and heavy drinking, which he, himself, confirmed, still haunts him to this very day. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
Government expects the clergy to provide spiritual healing and prayers when any person, not just the President, falls ill. But we are seeing preachers who are even asking for comprehensive medical reports for the President like Rev. Zulu.
The President has been declared fit and is back in office, so what comprehensive statement does the CCZ want on his health?
And Senanga Central UPND Member of Parliament Likundo Mufalali’s allegation that President Lungu should have himself to blame for collapsing, again in The Post, is heartless and sadistic, and should be dismissed with the contempt it deserves.
The UPND has already offered its sympathies to the President and we wonder whether this MP’s statement is the position of the party or is borne out of personal hatred for the President.
It is our hope that the UPND have not withdrawn their positive message on the President’s health and that Mr Mufalali’s comment is simply personal, mischievous and dishonorable.