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State House Refutes Allegation Accusing President Lungu of Providing Financial support to Rwandan Rebels

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State House has issued a statement describing as false allegations that have emerged in international media that President Edgar Lungu provided financial resources to a Rwanda rebel group to launch attacks in Rwanda.

In a statement signed by President Lungu’s Special Assistant for Press and Public relations, Isaac Chipampe, State house said that they categorically refute the claims stated unequivocally that these allegations are false and must be treated with the contempt they derserve.

The statement went on to say that the Zambian Government and the peoples of Zambia and Rwanda continue to enjoy strong and fraternal relations founded on mutual respect and a common purpose based on shared values and principles

According to international media reports, Rwanda’s terror suspect Callixte Nsabimana a.k.a Major Sankara who claimed to be the head of Rwanda rebel group National Liberation Force (NLF) on Monday told the judge at the International and Cross-Border Crimes in Nyanza,a district in Southern Rwanda that Zambian President Edgar Lungu helped rebel factions to attack Rwanda.NLF is a military wing of a Rwanda opposition political party, the Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change led by Rwandan dissident Paul Rusesabagina, known for protecting people during 1994’s Rwandan genocide as a manager of Hotel des Mille Collines.

Nsabimana appeared in court on Monday where he pleaded guilty of all charges but said that he was misled by some individuals including Kayumba Nyamwasa, one regade senior officer of the Rwandan army currently seeking asylum in South Africa.

Speaking Monday before the International and Cross-Border Crimes, Nsabimana accused Zambian President Edgar Lungu of allowing them space to operate in his country to overthrow the Rwandan government.

The trial was conducted digitally due to COVID-19 measures where all the parties made submissions through a live video link. There were glitches from the start of the trial which were resolved and the hearing proceeded.

The defendant is facing several charges including the formation of an irregular armed group, complicity in committing terrorist acts, conspiracy and incitement to commit terrorist acts, taking persons hostage, murder, and looting.

Nsabimana was spokesperson of a rebel outfit that calls itself National Liberation Front (FLN, French acronym), which has been accused of attacking villages in Southern part of the country, killing people, looting and destroying property.

The former rebel leader who promoted himself to the rank of Major, according to the prosecution began his journey when he was expelled from a government university in Rwanda, then reappeared in South Africa as a member of the group led by former RDF chief Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa in 2012.

He also spent time in Indian Ocean island of Comoros.

For years, since he began dissident activities in South Africa with the Rwandan National Congress (RNC) of Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa, Sankara always appears in dark sunglasses.

On capture before his extradition to Rwanda, Sankara was found with Lesotho passport under the names Kabera Joseph, born from Masisi, DR Congo. It was acquired in 2013. Sankara paid 5,000 South African Rands ($ 300 USD). Prosecution says it is a fake passport.

69 COMMENTS

  1. It is becoming more and more depressing with all these scandals mu PF. Do they sleep at grave yards, why so many bad stuff?
    What is comment from Lusambo, Kaizer… etc.

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  2. No smoke without fire. Out of all the people in the whole world how come he only took the name of President Lungu? Out of the blue?

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  3. But why has he been mentioned of all the Presidents on Earth? He should travel to Rwanda to prove his innocence. He will be treated innocent until proven guilty.

    A good reputation is better than the smell of an expensive perfume. We have been telling them to slow down.

    Atleast, I still have my sleep.

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  4. Every single day that passes reveals more and more on how rotten this pf leadership is.
    So why would this guy single out lungu of all leaders? Why not a neighbour like burundi or uganda which both have strained relations with Kagame? Why pick out an inconsequential figure like lungu?
    All this shoe that the allegations are very likely true. Lungu has no charactor. His sole aim in life is money by all means!
    Meantime with this revelation relations with Rwanda have gone down the drain! I bet Rwanda will not issue any statement at all, because they will look at lungu suspiciously going forward.

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  5. The desperate tribal party surely must be very powerful because it seems it has sympathisers in Rwanda while the government of Zambia does not. But this will not wash. The press statement should hv been addressed to the publications that carried them.

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  6. Last week it was KZ selling fire arms and rigging elections in Malawi. This evening, it is his boss.

    They advise each other wrong things.

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  7. And its extremely laughable that pf are saying its UPND that have created this story! I mean, really, are serious? If UPND created it why did the suspect who has no link to UPND utter that statement in a Rwandan court?
    It just shows the calibre of people in pf that surround the president. People with very little brain power, or integrity. They cant argue a point logically. All they know is insults, violence, drunkenness and theft!
    I really cant see how a person with even half a brain could blame a zambian political party for something happening in Rwanda!

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  8. State house said that they categorically refute the claims stated unequivocally that these allegations are false and must be treated with the contempt they derserve
    Ya koma ni denial iyi!

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  9. Seer1 is unraveling a lot of misdeeds and now it’s Major Sankara both sharing information that is not pleasant to the ear! Benefit of doubt is double edged! Kang’ono kayenela kalipo!

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  10. Rwanda is covered by Zambia’s diplomatic mission in Nairobi. I hope he or she will travel to Rwanda to deliver the denial.

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  11. Rwanda’s diplomats in Lusaka meanwhile are reading these postings and obviously doing wht they’re supposed to be doing.

  12. Lungu should be given a chance to go a clear his name in court under cross examination. Is State House refusing that tfd meeting between Lungu and the rebels never took place in 2017? That Lungu has never met the rebels before? That the rebels are making things up?

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  13. I have never seen a government like that of PF where you spend 90% of your time defending things at the expense of development. My servants the PF government your time is up. start parking your bags. 12 August 2021 kuya bebele.

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  14. I doubt Lungu would have a hand in this. HH and our cyber force and campaign team is going all out on Lungu and PF. Uluse for PF,

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  15. There is no smoke without fire. We can not trust you guys. Alot of issues have happened in Zambia and still happening like killings, harrasments of opposition, gassing by unknown thugs threats by some welknown ministers, police brutality etc which we have never experienced b4, all these happenings in the presence of siting president.

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  16. There is no smoke without fire. We can not trust you guys. Alot of issues have happened in Zambia and still happening like killings, harrasments of opposition, gassing by unknown thugs threats by some welknown ministers, police brutality etc which we have never experienced b4, all these happenings in the presence of siting president.

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  17. People think about many happenings like gassings, brutality of the so called parlamilitary, defence of stay in office etc all these points somehow to ECL.
    Zambians can make noise but they doint fight but thru this leadership …aah alot of happenings so we can not doubt ECL.

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  18. No smoke without fire. Why did the accused mention Lungu’s name only? Why was ED, Ramaphosa etc not singled out as culprits? Lungu is untrustworthy and his record speaks for itself. This corrupt and thieving President must be voted out in August 2021. PF must be kicked out of power at all costs.

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  19. Beware with banyamulenge they are brutal.tebaku chenselako ameno after mwanwu jameson.mukatuletelela

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  20. This is a very sad and scaring allegation. Our peace which we have and cherished is now being tampered with. We pray that the whole affair is quickly and amicably resolved. This is a very serious utterance, let’s not take it lightly.

  21. Zambians can protest: Why not mention late president Mugabe of Zimbabwe or Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya or Yoweri Museveni of Uganda even Joseph Kabila of Congo. WHY HAS PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA EDIGAR CHAGWA LUNGU’S NAME been mentioned as provider of financial support to Rwanda rebels.

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  22. Why out of all African leaders only president Lungu has been mentioned to have provided Rwanda rebels with financial support

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  23. Kagame na banyaMulenge bake sibo sobelela ko, Chagwa kuunya zesmanjemanje ka! Kagame will send assasins to shoot your stupid head off.

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  24. Don’t such ‘false allegations’ attractive defamation of character? If they do sue him. Denial only is a very weak move!

  25. Why does Lungu hate peace so much.

    As if the gassing of citizens was not enough, he now wants to drag us into war with Congo and Rwanda.

    He is a very bad advert for Zambia.

    We have earned our good reputation over decades. Within 5 years of him being in power, we are now the butt of all jokes that are bad in Africa.

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  26. With all that laziness and weakness, I don’t think ECL could pull a job like that. The man can’t even manage his backyard or say anything sensible, why would he foolishly fund a rebel movement?

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  27. Only when Paul kigame says it is false will we belive listen…….we can’t trust PF with the truth.

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  28. I agree with Mountain above. Denial isn’t enough whn such serious allegations are made. Let’s see a lawsuit against the person alleging this financial support from ECL and the publications in Rwanda that hv carried these reports.

  29. Our president has no social boundaries and fools have taken him for granted and he may have wined with this guy before and this guy wants to take advantage of his presidential leadership weakness ( or say ” christian values – not practiced )by implicating him in this fatal business of providing Arms to the opposition fighting kagame’s rule in Rwanda. This is really very serious business and ba Changwa needs to apologise to the government of Rwanda urgently and that he is not involved in this business for him to normalise the good relationships that exists between Zambia and Rwanda. Sometimes Iwould encourange the president to use his lethal administrative punch as president of zambia to squeeze out and eliminate these abnormal human dissident cells out of existence of zambian…

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  30. ( Continued ) zambian soil for him to survive this chilling breeze from *****s and dissidents both in zambia and abroad who want him out of his presidency at all costs.Secondly he needs a sharp intelligence wing that would pick up a sound of a whistle from a distance for him to deal with shame less law breakers that are miles away from him and those near him..Would also need a ****to get rid of this human bugs out of his way and repell some of these fools and embeciles out of his political bedroom for him to survive the current tropical breeze of lawlessness in zambia and abroad. Some *****s and fools around Zambia and abroad may have connived with this Rwandan dissident to discredit Chagwa’s presidency. They are really bitter and would do anything as they have…

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  31. My rating is that the PF preferred candidate is now junk status. Behind every African President’s insistence to hold to power there’s a crime

  32. This can not be left hanging and end on refusal or in denial. Let Rwanda involve ICC so that Lungu could be heard in defence to this allegation. No doubt we have been exposed internationally that we have a Criminal leader.

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  33. The so many happenings in Zambia like gassing, killings brutaly by so called unprofessionally police by bullects and canestars, media attacks by so called unrully PF cadres etc. This could be linked to rebels.

  34. Ayatollah: Yours is a well-thought-out comment. Every African president who has sought to cling on to power has had something to hide. Great stuff, great thinking.

  35. Mountains , Nemwine

    There can never be a lawsuit in the remote probability if this is false ………

    people will ask why lungu is also not sueing those calling his a corrupt theif ?

  36. It is time. The slope now has oil slicks… PF has now combusted into radioactive meltdown. It doesn’t happen overnight. Get rid of the muck imwe a mambala. Rest assured you’ll not drag the nation with you. Iyi yeve tamukanilani… ng’ang’a!!!

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  37. Akainde tries the usual games and they always fail. Akainde is still an Under 5 who can’t win elections. Why fabricate such a nonsensical story?

  38. Rwanda: Rebel Leader Sankara Tells Court His Group Was Facilitated by Zambian President to Launch Attacks in Rwanda
    Maj.Nsabimana Sankara Calliixte has Monday told Rwanda’s High Court for International and cross-border crimes that his group National Liberation Force(FLN) received US dollars 150,000 from Zambian President Edgar Lungu to launch attacks in Rwanda.
    Maj Sankara who faces 17 charges including Terrorism and murder was appearing before court for hearing a case in which some of the victims of the rebel groups attack were seeking compensation for the suffering inflicted on them by the attacks.
    Before the case commenced, Maj Sakara reportedly requested to be allowed to tell court about a funding his group got form one of the Presidents of country he didn’t want to mention.
    The…

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  39. I,KNEW THAT THIS QUACK ,RIFF RAFF CANT KZ WILL DISPELL THE NEWS.THEY IS NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE.Y OUT OF ALL THE PRESIDENTS IN AFRICA OR ALL OVER THE WORLD ECLS NAME COMES IN THE CASE?SOMEONE CAN SMELL A RAT.BAYAMA TWAPAPATA SWE BENA ZAMBIA DO THINGS ACCORDINGLY NOT WHAT THESE *****S ARE INFLUENCING U TO DO.U WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE ALONE.

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  40. INSTEAD OF PAYING RETIREES YOU GO AND PAY A REBEL SURE BATATA BA LUNGU.THE FUNDS USED ARE FROM THE ZAMBIAN STATE CONFERS.USING FOR PERSONNEL APPEASEMENT.BATATA,THEY IS NEED TO HAVE A COMMISSION OF INQUIRIES ON ALL THESE CRIMINAL HEARTLESS ACTS.

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  41. AFTER THE VOILENCE, GASSING … INCIDENTS IN ZAMBIA IT’S INCREASINGLY BECOMING CLEAR THAT PF AND IT’S LEADERSHIP ARE UPTO MISCHIEF. ALL PEACE LOVING CITIZENS NEED TO BE VIGILANT, THE UN, INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS NEED TO BE PETITIONED OVER THESE ISSUES BECAUSE 2021 ELECTIONS COULD BE MARRED WITH VIOLENCE AND RIGGING
    THERE IS NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE THE LANGUAGE AND ACTIONS SPEAKS VOLUMES.

  42. That shallow press statement is not enough! We are on record of awarding a strategic resource to a Sudanese company with terrorist links, we have been making sneaky travels with questionable characters on board, we have been known to have sent youths to tracing in a Sudanese questionable institution…to make matters worse this news item has been published by a lot of othe foreign news houses in Rwanda, Cameroon Tanzania and South Africa. So is kaizar in his right mind to hallucinate that it’s fake news by a tribal party? Why would they waste their time and money to sponsor articles in foreign media?

    Would government sue these foreign media? Only when they sue would we believe, for now we still have our doubts and no shameless and shallow statement will change the news…..just give us…

  43. I am not a fan for the President but on this one I doubt he can do such a thing. I am sure even President Kagame doubts the allegations… Accusing the Opposition is also Childish and Evil! Let us learn to speak as One people sometimes.

  44. How shameful, you guys are Zambian or foreigners? you want to believe what a crook who is under trial in another country but not fight for the integrity of our own President? its obvious the rebel is trying to save his neck by complicating the case, but what are you guys doing? No shame no integrity no true Zambian spirit left in you guys? shame.

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  45. No President has the time to do all this nonsense that the rebel has spoken of. Especially now in coronavirus, all States have enough on their hands. So the very fabric of the allegations levied is false. its obvious. And a person of the stature of President need not even bother replying to such allegations. It is the humble nature of our President that he has given a statement possibly due to relations with our neighboring country which is good to hear. Rwanda will sort out its own mess, this is not our problem at all.

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  46. And the response given by Isaac Chipampe “The peoples of Zambia and Rwanda continue to enjoy strong and fraternal relations founded on mutual respect,” Sounds like what China man would say to other countries. I wonder if China man is using Zambia to cause upheaval in Rwanda considering that Kagame is strong and does not let his country run by chinese and recently deported several chinese permanently.

  47. how can you guys believe anything that some criminal says about anything? that too a guy who is under multiple counts of terrorism in a country and that too in a country that a General presides over? and we want to give credibility to such a criminal? i am aghast.

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  48. Dont let the guy get away! How dare he use the name of our President. Zambia is a proud Christian nation. We standby our President. No outside dare point a finger at our nation. Proud to be Zambian!!

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  49. wake up and smell the coffee ! an alien had pointed an accusation on our country our integrity. I stand in support of President Lungu. Criminal versus our leader, President Lungu wins hands down.

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  50. What anti nationals you are UPND. you listen to anyone talking crap of your own President and agree with it without any proof or credibility? Anti national anti Zambian and definitely not pro-Zambia.

  51. Good you refuted it ! Let the diplomatic exchange take its course and the legal process of that country will ensue. This is their problem not ours. WE support our President.

  52. Paul Kagame is now a brand-name political leader. He took over a hopeless and divided country and has managed to stabilize it. Much remains to be done in Rwanda because the pain of the 1994 genocide is still within living memory. Edgar Lungu took over a country with a growing economy and has managed to wreck it and divide it. His tribalism is writ large in recruitment and appointment into the public service and “retirement in national interest” of people from unfashionable tribes. A retired combat pilot in the Zambia Air Force Col Cuthbert Sakala has weighed in with a letter not to a newspaper editor but to defence minister Davies Chama warning him not to campaign for the PF in his interractions with military personnel.

  53. Paul Kagame does not run away from media scrutiny. He has appeared on the BBC’s HARDtalk programme more than once. Everyone knows which president runs away from press interviews. Even Donald Trump has time for journalists whom he knows don’t like him but he does it because that’s incidental to the job he holds.

  54. The defendant is facing several charges including the formation of an irregular armed group, complicity in committing terrorist acts, conspiracy and incitement to commit terrorist acts, taking persons hostage, murder, and looting.
    With the gassing, burning of markets, criminals walking free, innocent people getting arrested. This guy could be telling the truth. PF is evil party. Kagame call FBI, if it turns out to be true maybe will be saved. Next year is far

  55. This issue as raised is very unfortunate especially if it is bent on smear campaign, however even though it may be smear campaign, it is very serious and must be responded to with the seriousness it deserves, a mare press statement is not the way to go about it looking at the kind of repercussions the very statement carries and the kind of fall out it may raise between our two nations, kindly take it up seriously Sir.

  56. during this hearing, Mr Sankara has attacked many presidents: Nkurunziza, Museveni,Lungu and Kagame himself. he didn’t use soft words to anyone. and saod also that there are evidences proving his allegations. betrer for Lungu, he should beg pardon to his colleague and repair damages came from his criminality particopation

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