I WOULD have died in prison had President Edgar Lungu declined to release me after I suffered a second stroke, Chisamba member of Parliament Moses Muteteka says.
Mr Muteteka said this when he addressed villagers who gathered at Chief Chamuka’s palace in Chisamba on Saturday to thank President Lungu for pardoning the law-maker who was serving a five-year jail term on a motor vehicle theft conviction.
“The last few years I have been appearing in court on motor vehicle theft and my eventual imprisonment has been the most difficult in my life and that of my family.
“If it were not for President Edgar Lungu’s decision to pardon me, my life was miserable and I would have died after I suffered a second stroke,” he said between sobs.
He said he had learnt a lesson from the time he spent in prison and thanked President Lungu for giving him a second chance, adding that he was now a free man.
“I am now free. I have learnt so many lessons while in prison. I have to thank His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu for his kindness. He is a good President, he is a listening leader, he is like my father,” said Mr. Muteteka.
He said President Lungu was a true father of the nation and had shown true love to his family and the people of Chisamba by pardoning him.
Mr. Muteteka said President Lungu was a good man and leader who should be supported for preaching peace, unity and development.
He said the last three years he has been going to court had been the most difficult period and that he would have died in prison after he suffered the second stroke.
“I am now free, although I suffered a serious stroke while in prison. It would have claimed my life. I would have been no more. The last three years has been the most difficult period for me, my family and the people of Chisamba. I have been thinking too much and that resulted into a stroke. But the second stroke which has left me disabled would have killed me,” said Mr. Muteteka.
He also thanked Chief Chamuka VI for his support and the role he played to have him pardoned, adding that Senior Chief Mukuni of Livingstone and Chief Mukuni of Central Province played a major role in his release.
On the way forward, Mr. Muteteka pledged to continue working for the people of Chisamba.
“I am back and now we shall continue to lobby Government in infrastructure development. We want to build schools, hospitals, roads, proper markets and to have electricity here,” said Mr. Muteteka. He wondered why people were criticising President Lungu when he had shown love, unity and a sense of togetherness.
And Chief Chamuka said Zambians must support President Lungu, whose leadership promoted unity and peace in the nation.
Chief Chamuka said President Lungu’s leadership had shown unity of purpose as its hallmark, adding that the people of Chisamba would work with President Lungu in fostering unity, peace and development.
“We are happy to see you once again after you were imprisoned. Thanks to President Lungu for showing us love and unity. The decision he made to pardon you was the best present for our land. Just that decision alone has shown us how much love President Lungu has for the people of Zambia,” he said.
Chief Chamuka urged the opposition not to criticize President Lungu anyhow, adding that there was need for the opposition to show what they would do for the people.
“I am Mr. Development and I don’t want this attitude of criticizing government for doing the right thing for the people. I don’t want people criticizing the President for developing this chiefdom. If Government errors find a better way of doing things or talking about issues rather than name calling,” said Chief Chamuka.
You mean there is no better person to represent the pipo of Chisamba other than this invalid with a criminal record?And to think that this thief at one time wanted to run for president is disgusting.
I would have bought you a coffin and provided transport to ensure you were buried 6 feet under. You bloody thief!!!! Shame on you!!
Can you imagine, not a single word of remorse regarding his crime just self pity ati sembe ninafa you think that day wont come where you WILL die and account for your sticky fingers, there is no reform in this s… he will steal again watch this space.
5 years of jail for a mere swapping personal truck to a community car was too much. But for Muteteka to call Edgar as “his father”, is nonsense. Why not just say Edgar Lungu is a TRUE FRIEND and I look-forward to thank him over a beer?
What does the Constitution say about convicted criminals running or staying in office? Why is this convict still in Parliament? The same question for Masumba. And why is Lungu president when he illegally revealed Cabinet proceedings in November 2014 when he wanted Guy Scott removed from Acting President? Why, why, why?
same death whether you died in prison or outside prison. But Zambians also, ati Father of the nation…….. Sometimes I seem to be one of the few ALF’s in Zambia. Some things don’t make sense to me.At least the “MP” has a GodFather now in the name of ECL
So have you ever thought about the fate of those prisoners who do not have political connections like you? Now that you are out of prison, sit down and reflect on issues of fairness, justice, equality, etc, in the application of some of these laws.
What Africa and Zambia in particular needs is a new crop of leaders that respect the boundary among constitutional, legal and political areas. We continue to observe the blatant violation of constitutional provisions and watch in awe as elected politicians behave like monarchs. It is so embarrassing it is not even funny anymore. Convicts, for example, must not hold parliamentary office, pardoned or not. A pardon is almost like a nolle pros qui after the fact!
During the same address, I heard this ‘pardoned’ ex-convict on TV blaming his incarceration on his ‘political enemies’, meaning the Justice system is dysfunctional and only exists as a tool for politicians to fix each other! What a farce.
And, “…The last three years has been the most difficult period for me, my family and the people of Chisamba…”. Gosh! Surely, the people of Chisamba cannot do without this nitwit!?
These politicians are consuming our decent lives…
So you Muteteka think those who die in prison are less human than you are?
You were released to campaign for ECL and not on grounds of ill health,, you are fit and you wouldnt have died.
Muteteka would do well to sit down & reflect on the “sin” he committed against the people of Chisamba.
He stole from them but instead of apologising to them he is mocking them by saying his “pardon” is their benefit.
This country has literally gone to the dogs. What with serving convicts being our lawmakers.
Why would a wise and loving president pardon a person who has not apologised to the people he stole from? Forgiveness comes after repentance. This is what wise late president mwanawasa told late chiluba. What about the many ordinary sick prisoners? Do they belong to another set of laws? Why is President Lungu a lawyer so soft on corrupt people? Does he really understand the damage that corruption inflicts on the over 60% poor zambians? Worst still the guy is still MP over the same people he stole from with no apology, supported by a chief whose intelect is questionable! I feel like vomiting.
Live a stress free life. Stop stealing. Stop politics & all other stressful habits, situations. Control your B.P. and you’ll live a few more years.
Third stroke will take u whether u r in prison or not. Most pipo tongomoka with 2nd stroke. Thats my advice.
Its only Sata, Kabimba and Guy Scot who were allergic to Corruption, the rest are *****s and thieves who have teamed up with the MMD the Party they removed from Power in 2011 because of Corruption. RB and MMD were Corrupt hence his Former Ministers are being jailed cant he be ashamed of this. And your President not my President ECL is Pardoning them so that they join him and show him how to Steal mwanya ba finyo God is watching and it wont be long you shall be answerable and jailed no Pardon what so ever. Can i country develop like that??? Criminals teaming up this is shameful. Don’t even claim that you PF GOVERNMENT are fighting corruption when you are welcoming all crukade characters from MMD that is RB inclusive. SHAME on this Government claiming to run an inclusive Government. shame
Also go & ask for forgiveness from your former wife u damped as soon as u got a job at State House.
She kept u when u had no job from selling roasted maize at our street corner. When u got a Govt Job, u damped her for “Greener Pastures”. Shame on u. U deserved it
“Mr Muteteka said this when he addressed villagers who gathered at Chief Chamuka’s palace in Chisamba on Saturday to thank President Lungu for pardoning the law-maker…” should’t that read law-breaker?
What is this idi0t doing in parliament? Are these the so called honorables in Zambia? Kwena ni pa Zed! A convicted criminal to still maintain a seat in parliament is most embarrassing to say the least! This criminal is saying Lungu is a very good president for releasing him, but does he think about all other people languishing in prison who don’t have a criminal friend as president? Chief Chamuka is equally a big f00l and I suspect he used to benefit from whatever this criminal stole from state resources! That’s why we have been demanding for a new constitution so that we put to a stop some of these backwards primitive laws where so much power is vested in one person! It is unacceptable and embarrassing!
Lungu is soft on convicted criminals because he is a criminal himself who cannot be trusted by right thinking people! Just look at his life and his conduct as a lawyer and he has ended up in the highest office in the land! We are a country of jokers!
WE SHALL BE LIBERATED ONE DAY. AND LET THESE BEMBAS AND NGONIS WHO VOTED FOR PF JUST COZ OF SATAS FUNERAL NOT COMPLAIN THIS TIME AROUND. THEY DID NOT VOTE FOR EDGAR THEY ARE SAYING THEY WHERE VOTING FOR SATA WHO IS GONE, CAN HE RESURRECT TO COME AND PERFORM? THE ANSWER IS NO,. SATA IS TURNING IN HIS GRAVE COZ DORA SILIYA IS BACK, KANITUNDILA IS BACK IN SATAS PARTY I CANT BELIEVE THIS. DORA SILIYA IS NOW GREEN WHEN HE WAS BLUE THESE ARE CHAMELEONS WHO JUST CHANGE COLULOURS LIKE THE WAY PILATO PUT IT, IN PILATO’S SONG EVERY WORD IS TRUE JUST LEAVE HIM ALONE. I CAN EVEN WITH OTHER CHAR ACTORS DEAD FOR OUR COUNTRY TO PROSPER.
Release terminally ill inmates too, lets not look at someone’s status in society when pardoning bakaili.
Uli Lucky Mambala!!
If it were in a Country serious about arresting Corruption like China, You probably would not have even suffered your “2 Alleged Strokes” You would have faced the Bullet from a firing squad!!
Maybe even life imprisonment for Economic Sabotage.
We then wonder why Zambia is stagnant, while China continues on it’s mammoth developmental curve.
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