FDD President Edith Nawakwi has launched a scathing attack on President Edgar Lungu and his special adviser Kaizer Zulu following the arrest of Post Newspapers Editor in Chief Fred M’membe and Journalist Mukosha Funga.
And Mrs Nawakwi says President Lungu’s decision to pardon convicted defiler Clifford Dimba aka General Kanene shows the decay of the Zambian society.
Speaking to Journalists outside the Magistrate Court shortly after Mr M’membe and Ms Funga were granted bail, Mrs Nawakwi said the PF government has declared war on those fighting corruption.
She charged that there is nothing secretive about reporting that presidential political adviser Kaizer Zulu is under investigations for looting the coffers of the nation.
Mrs Nawakwi wondered why President Lungu is desperately trying to protect Mr Zulu whom she said was a mere driver a few years ago.
“This is an assault on those fighting corruption, if you talk about theft, looting and pinching, that is the preserve of the ruling party, we all know that the said Kaizer was a just a driver who is now a presidential adviser to the Head of State,” Mrs Nawakwi said.
She added, “there is absolutely nothing that you can say is secretive about a driver being accused of theft of the treasures of this country. This country is at war with those stealing and looting our resources. The poverty we are facing is what we need to fight but the most important fight is to fight those siding with criminals.”
Mrs Nawakwi also condemned the arrest of Ms Funga saying she should not have been arrested in the first place.
“Mukosha should not have been in the dock in the first place, she was with me at Banakila, and that is why am here this morning, i could see her tears as she was seeing women delivering babies in Bweengwa and to imagine that she should keep quiet when se as information about people looting the treasury and degrading this country then to expect her to keep quiet then she would be an compliance to looting the treasures of this country.”
Mrs Nawakwi has since warned President Lungu not to take Zambians for granted.
“I want to send a warning to the President today that he should not behave like a child who has been left with an estate and starts split it to the exclusion of the siblings, the people of Zambia will rise up and he is igniting the match for rising up,” she said.
“And to the police headed by my very own sister, a woman a sister Stella Libongani, we expect better than this. They are destroying the professionalism of the Zambia Police, I want her to arrest Richard Sakala today and bring him before court because the Daily Nation also reported about the letter from Mrs Wandi. If Edgar Lungu uses cadres to rise to the position of presidential advisers, no wonder he is getting this kind of wrong advice.”
Mrs Nawakwi also expressed disappointment that Zambia is still fighting corruption after so many years.
“25 years I see the same lawyers here defending people fighting against corruption. About 15 of 16 years ago I was brought here because I wanted to protect the coffers of this country and, we are still talking about theft of public funds. When we will concentrate on developing the nation?”
On the release of General Kanene, Mrs Kanene said President Lungu’s decision to pardon convicted defiler Clifford Dimba aka General Kanene says the decay of the Zambian society.
“This reflect his beliefs, you cannot expect people who are not called to the faith and service of the people to act different from those they mix with, it reflects the decay in the fabric of our society, we have not been privileged to have a man of faith in State House”