George Chellah, the Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations to the late President Michael Sata, has rubbished the interview aired on Sunday by former Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda in which the Mr Chikwanda insisted that President Sata’s speech was switched.
In a posting, Mr Chellah said that he was disappointed with Mr Chikwanda’s repetitive claims that the late president Mr. Michael Sata’s aides swapped his last speech to Parliament
Below is the full posting
I SYMPATHIZE WITH BASHIKULU BA CHIKWANDA
By George M. Chellah
I have noted with disappointment Mr. Alexander Bwalya Chikwanda’s repetitive claims that the late president Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata’s [MHSRIP] aides swapped his last speech to Parliament. I do recall that the last time Mr. Chikwanda made similar absurd accusations I rebutted them with an elaborate response that stipulated the procedure attendant upon the preparation of a presidential speech. No one swapped any speeches and Mr. Chikwanda knows this.
Quite honestly, it is unhelpful to keep engaging in this unproductive and now tired debate, save to say that I can only describe Mr. Chikwanda’s attempts at linking innocent persons to his fictional conspiracies as malicious and a cruel attempt to settle old scores for the work some of us did in stopping certain activities meant to abuse Mr. Michael Sata’s presidency at the time he was unwell, which I will at an appropriate time have occasion to discuss. Perhaps ba shikulu would do well to concentrate his efforts on explaining the policy decisions made during his time at the Ministry of Finance and whether he or his company, Sigma, benefited from these policy decisions.
In fact, I don’t know about you but for me, watching ba shikulu ba Chikwanda on national television last Sunday just exposed the extent to which this country abuses the aged at times. Whoever fixed that interview is being very unkind to the old man.
Let ba shikulu take a rest. Allow him chance to reflect and pen down his memoirs alongside telling family stories to his grandchildren. Ba shikulu has done enough to contribute to the current state of our economy, he surely must have a lot to reflect on rather than spinning incredible tales of conspiracies.
I thank you.
Below is Chikwanda’s full Sunday Interview