FORMER Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili says “evil spirits” drove him into uttering tribal remarks against the people of Southern Province last year.
During the run-up to last year’s general elections, Mr Kambwili said the people of Southern Province could not even vote for Jesus if He contested the polls in the region. The remark angered the southerners.
Mr Kambwili had also made similar accusations of southerners, including the United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema as being tribalists.
But speaking on Wednesday when he called on Chief Monze, Mr Kambwili said he uttered the remarks because he was allegedly ‘demon possessed’ while he was in the Patriotic Front (PF).
“I am sorry for my remarks. I didn’t know that you are loving people. Please forgive me and take me as your son,” he said.
The PF central committee expelled Mr Kambwili and former Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge on July 22 this year for alleged gross misconduct and bringing the name of the party into disrepute.
Following Mr Kambwili’s expulsion, the PF wrote to Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini asking him to declare the seat vacant, but the ruling party was advised that the matter had been taken to court.
In January, Mr Kambwili was given a seven-day ultimatum by the PF to exculpate himself for alleged failure to adhere to party rules and regulations.