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.