IT was morally wrong for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to appeal the decision of courts in Chiluba’s assets case after he had died, former Vice President, Enock Kavindele has said.
Mr. Kavindele, who served as vice president during the Chiluba and Mwanawasa administration, said the matter of his assets was taken to court which ruled that the assets he had were not from public funds, therefore, his assets should be returned to his family.
He said in an interview that it’s a pity that Dr Chiluba’s contribution to the country were undermined because as President, all his actions were scrutinised on a daily basis.
Mr. Kavindele explained that there was no money for Dr Chiluba to steal because his government ran a cash budget where only available money would be spent so that the nation could qualify for debt relief which the country did.
“Government under the late Levy Patrick Mwanawasa formed a task force that travelled all over the world to look for illicit dealings of Dr Chiluba, they found nothing and the matter of his assets was taken to court which ruled that the assets he had were not from public funds at all.
He said Dr Chiluba’s assets should be returned to the family for they were genuinely acquired because this task force scrutinised every inch of his actions and come up with nothing apart from some clothes he supposedly bought in Brussels.
Mr. Kavindele said that it’s sad that Dr Chiluba’s contributions to the country were undermined because this is a man who created the middle class in the country when he empowered people with houses.
He stated that if the late President didn’t sell houses to sitting tenants at the time, most of the people would have been on the streets like those without any pension.
Justice is justice whether alive or dead and its morally okay.This argument is dull because many have also been acquitted after death for wrong convictions to right past injustices.
Ba LT respect our senior citizen. He was even a Vice President and you cant spell his name??????
Kavindele is very wrong on this one.Death does NOT displace justice for living victims -ask Germany still paying for WW2 atrocities,the Brits paid for MauMau war victims and Nigeria’s dictator Sani Abacha has his wealth confiscated in Europe and given to Nigeria’s govt.
Mwanta Kavindele is right. How was Chiluba expected to defend himself from his grave?
Amazing how people present their own speculation as a fact. And journalists who don’t fact check report their utterances as credible news. Dream on Enock Kavindele. It’s done and dusted.
This is shameless noise making frm such a snr citizen. The case is a legal matter and there’s nothing moral about it. Zat chiluba empowered pipo with houses. My foot. So zats the reason to rule in his favor
Oh my god. This man is becoming senile too quickly. Big man look at the loots frm mobutu gaddafi sani abaca etc. Your statement doesn’t make sense mwata..
Umulandu taubola. If Chiluba cannot be prosecuted in death ninshi by virtue of dying he should also forfeit all his possessions teli ninshi umwine nafwa? I have thought highly of this man until now. Explains why he’s a failed politician.
Just because he sold houses to the people does not give him the right to mis use public funds. He created the problems we are facing now by selling all the country’s assets to demons and no Zambians cannot think of anything better than collecting rentals from them houses and spend the money on tujilijili.
Unfortunately in ZAMBIA justice is not justice if you are in opposition. When you get in power wrong things become virtues. I can assure you that should another goverment be formed something else will be the case
Harken to Enock, indeed the LPM regime swept every corner in investigating Kafupi and true that they came out empty in that shameless witchhunt. Jealousy will kill some niggaz.
I may not have liked some stuff FTJ did but for sure, the courts ruled.
He died persecuted. ACC niggaz got nothing.
I wonder which individual is now pushing this agenda of appealing.
Kavindele supports corruption at any opportunity…………
And the administrators of FJTs forfeited estate are only clinging to the ruling that no public funds were used to aquire those properties……….
But no one , not even FJT could account for the money used to aquire the properties………..
When you are in power, properties don’t just appear from heaven for you……..
You must account for them………
ACC needs to be disbanded and it’s board prosecuted for allowing tribal persecutions. As we write a Dr Chitalu has sued the Commission and its former head for a needless prosecution. He is demanding 50.1 million $$ in damages.
UPND cadres listen to Hon. Enoch Kavindele’s point: “the matter of his assets was taken to court which ruled that the assets he had were not from public funds at all.” If indeed Chiluba’s assets were not from public funds, as Hon. Kavindele states, then why appeal Chiluba’s case?
What do you expect, we are dealing with a very angry evil tribal vengeful president, who is a hypocrite as he corruptly sold our mines during privatisation.
It is not right for Chilubas children to suffer after what the father did for this country, I think the assets should be given to the children on compassionate grounds.
#14 tito kapalu
January 4, 2022 At 11:41 am
“It is not right for Chilubas children to suffer after what the father did for this country, I think the assets should be given to the children on compassionate grounds.”
Assets from corruption given back on compassionate grounds ??????
Than let’s have a free for all regarding corruption knowing the spouses won’t lose Ill gotten wealth on compassionate grounds…………
Compassionate grounds on what basis?
FTJ was stealing or abusing tax payers money.
We need to start teaching governance from Grade 1.
If we can’t respect the decisions of the courts then why should we have them around? This is a former VP frowning upon the justice system instead of promoting it
“Mr. Kavindele explained that there was no money for Dr Chiluba to steal because his government ran a cash budget where only available money would be spent so that the nation could qualify for debt relief which the country did.”
This is also how PF officials will be telling lies 10 years from now…there were companies to sell for a song for huge kickbacks, mines and govt farms Kavindele thinks we are foooools its no wonder he will never construct his railway line…he is not a sincere man.
The only defence the children of FJT keep using is
” no public funds were used ”
But they fail, even FJT failed , to say where the money came from to aquire the properties……
His salary could not afford them , nor was there any sort of loans for them…….
We all know Rupiah Banda engineered Chiluba’s acquittal and now you see all manner of stupid and aesthetically repulsive characters like Kavindele and Luo respectively are busy dancing Fwemba ati kaLazo bakabwezele things he stole!
Richard Sakala and his Daily Nation newspaper want to keep this story in the news everyday. He tells his reporters to phone people they know will speak favourably about the case. Their strategy is to avoid talking to those who know the facts such as Chiluba’s lawyers and the ACC itself.
Chiluba was a thief. A competent court in England ruled that all his assets were from stolen zambian funds so where is this story that he didn’t use public funds came from. Even Xavier chungu did a midnight run over the same so why did he run if there were no funds from zamtrop. Why did attan shansonga run away and,is,still running.
It is sad to see how this country is producing people of of hate, jelaous, limited in reasoning etc.Today anyone who improves his standard of living is termed as thief and some people quickly buy such an accusation without reasoning it out! Shameful. Does it mean that when FTJC was President, he was not being paid?Did some people not want him to invest? Mr. Kavindele is right.It was in black and white they found nothing they were looking for.The second mmd government’s legacy of vengence has re-surfaced!!
Attan Shansonga has crawled out of the woodwork. I understand that he has filed some court papers to claim assets that were seized from him. It’s a test case of the UPND’s corruption fight which should be dismissed for being statutory barred to start with. But u never know.
Another foundation in Zambia has been laid-make no mistake about it-and it will be built upon by successful Governments Only time will tell the results or consequences
@Razor, spot on. British courts which are more competent than ours judged against thieving president Chiluba. So, if Zambia had run out of cash where was Chiluba getting the money to buy assets. A thief dies a thief.
The process of appealing was started under PF regime. Why the same PF former ministers are now asking to return the assests when did not stop the appeal case. Double standards at its best. It is just coincidence that decision is taken under new govt. Shame on them. Kavindele, where was he when appeal process was initiated under PF?
I’m sure Mr. Kavindele has no quarrels with the legality of the appeal.
His argument is that it is morally wrong to pursue the appeal now that FTJ is dead, coupled with the fact that “the matter of his assets was taken to court which ruled that the assets he had were not from public funds at all”.
Indeed, Mr. Chiluba passed on in 2011.
So why now?
Ba ROKA how come most politicians become millionaire immediately after getting into government 99 percent of them without a business background. To make matters worse, even their garden boys pay more tax than they do, how come? On the other hand genuine business men and women spend sleepless nights planning, borrowing from banks, ensuring they pay taxes on the the little they make. Creating jobs for fellow citizens rather than sharing millions prostituts.
It’s about time corruption and thiving from government is made unattractive. The some corrupt moneys are used to destabilise future governments.
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