Saturday, June 22, 2024

Lungu’s Tenure Was Nauseating; Strip Him off of Immunity!

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By Prince Bill M. Kaping’a Political/Social Analyst

The stench emanating from Edgar Lungu’s tenure as head of state is repulsive…….nay, nauseating! This morning, we woke up to a screaming headline in the Zambia Daily Mail newspaper that the former president’s alleged proxy had 60 houses and several shops in prime areas to his name.

This comes barely after the former first family was in the news for all the wrong reasons a couple of days ago. Mrs. Esther Lungu found herself at the center of controversy involving the whopping US$400, 000 cash she had entrusted in the hands of her niece for safe keeping. Upon learning that the niece couldn’t account for the suspected loot, the Lungus decided to defile justice by abducting the culprit and her accomplices for interrogations. They even went to the extent of confiscating property from them!

As a former head of state, obviously the Lungu’s enjoyed both state and private security 24/7. It therefore boggles one’s mind that the former first lady chose to go and ‘hide’ such a staggering amount of money in a shanty compound where the junkies are on rampage breaking into people’s houses for valuable items including the green bucks!

What is the source of this money? Why didn’t she take it to a Bank? How much money is still stashed at the Lungus’ mansion? We are even further disappointed that some clergy and senior citizens quickly rushed to Ibex Hill to offer solidarity to the Lungus and condemn the police raid without waiting for facts.

In the US for instance since that’s where we seem to ‘import’ the so-called democracy from, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) raided former US president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Florida residence in a dramatic escalation of legal investigations into the former president. There were no hoodlums to obstruct them or stand in the way. As a matter of fact, the secret agents protecting Trump even assisted the FBI with the investigations.

Did we see the clergy or influential figures shamelessly parading themselves in support of the former US president. As someone observes in the movie Blood Diamonds, this is indeed Africa; we tend to behave in the most outlandish manner and support the dumbest of things!

In case we’ve forgotten, not so long ago, the authorities unearthed K65 000 000 and a further US$ 57, 0000 at the home of the alleged concubine of the former president…….there are many of them, we hear. Her lawyers quickly negotiated a settlement without the lady in question even seeing the inside of prison.

Are we all equal before the law as we are made to believe? Of course, we are not girl! How many news reports are we inundated with daily regarding vulnerable folks in the shanties and villages that get condemned to the gallows by some cold hearted judges and magistrates for stealing chickens or loaves of bread when real criminals are still walking our streets?

There’s no doubt there was massive plunder of national resources and untold criminality during Edgar Lungu’s watch. We are left with little option but to demand that President Hichilema immediately appoints a commission of inquiry to investigate the previous regime or indeed strip him off of his immunity so that he can be tried before the law.

Ba UPND nabena…….you are yet to fathom African politics! By the way, I haven’t been paid by anyone to commit my thoughts to paper, may be it’s high time HH started forking out ka something.

25 COMMENTS

  1. Now lets be logical about this
    For sure is is the worse president to date, and I certainly dont like the man.. Built infrastucture and roads etc SURE
    But at who’s expense ? Loans for our grandchilren and their children to repay
    However he is an Ex president, and until such time a charge is brought against him, he should enjoy all the entitlements, and be left to follow the life he so choses.

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  2. Edgar and his wife and children are suspects in the plunder of Zambia’s resources. Yes they work in the shadows, but I expect the Zambia Revenue Authority to show an interest by asking questions.Former ACC head Rose Khuzwayo should be questioned for presiding over the Faith Musonda deal. Did she do it with her eyes and ears open?

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  3. The author can go eff his mother, who is a female dog. A beech she is and was effed by all men in the compound. So the author doesn’t know who his dad is. For all we know his dad is kawana the ugly mongrel

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  4. Strip him of immunity and what is your gain? Don’t you realize that as hero worship HH, he’s also hurting a lot of other people who will also demand vengeance against him. Don’t be blinded by hatred.
    In Serealeone they paraded and marched a former president naked in the streets. Up to this day, this country is still naked

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  5. The write is a complete moron whose main agenda is to to become relevant.

    So far, all the steps taken to justify the lies of one hh has not bore any fruit.

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  6. My worry is the quality of financial crime investigation that we have in Zambia. Recently the High Court told the DEC that suspects do not have to prove their innocence. They are already presumed innocent and it’s up to the DEC to prove their guilt. It didn’t even have to take the court to say that because there a lot of lawyers in these organisations but they fail to question their own work.

  7. With all due respect let bygones be bygones…the man was a President and had his good qualities.

    The govt should not fall into the same trap that has befallen all other previous leaders. Break from the cycle and let’s focus on today’s many developmental challenges.

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    • Absolute piffle. Sudden wealth should worry every right thinking person. And those right thinking persons do not even need to be a majority. They just need to be right.

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    • Your man is guilty of this except the tracks are covered. There are so many things going on in a very clever way..
      too clever for a praise singer to perceive.

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    • @gunnet look at Chiluba’s case please tell me what money was recovered from that case? Yes they may have stolen but if we weigh the pros and cons, are we going to be better off pursuing this? What is at stake? Peace is always worth prioritising over anything else.

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    • When a timid judge fails to rise to the occasion and register a judgement with clear evidence and where overwhelming public interest is clear, do not blame those who did the hard work of putting the evidence together. Chiluba and his co-accused were guilty.

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    • Yes Chiluba was guilty and I believe ultimately God dealt with him for that and many of his other sins…but look at the expense that the nation had to deal with to only have the case disposed off.

      Be pragmatic, don’t be like Lot’s wife that wants to look back…look forward and let bygones be bygones.

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    • Government does not have to make a a monetary profit from fighting crime. A crime-free society is its own reward.

  8. A tribal bigot, indeed. Wait for when the UPND and HH’s time will be over. Then those who come from the three provinces can also taste sweet revenge. They will cry to the high heavens, but no one will hear them. After all, this is the Zambia they are creating in their own image. They will reap what they are sowing now by marginalizing Zambians from the seven provinces in recruitment in public service. HH and the UPND have forgotten they were voted for even by Zambians from the seven provinces they so much loathe today. But their time of reckoning will surely come!

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  9. …..

    You let lungu off, what example are you setting ???

    That you can steal as much you want, you will be forgiven……..

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  10. Yes ,Lungu’s tenure was rotten and still stinks like Misisi or Chibolya slums.Their ill gotten wealth should be forcibly forfeited to the state.

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  11. Where are billions of kwacha realised from the sale of all mines (zccm)and all other parastatal companies? Vedanta again?

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