Friday, February 23, 2024

Former President Lungu Criticizes President Hichilema’s Handling of Corruption Allegations

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Former President, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, has expressed concern over President Hakainde Hichilema’s approach to corruption allegations, specifically addressing the case of former Foreign Affairs Minister Stanley Kakubo. In a press statement Mr. Lungu questioned the perceived double standards in President Hichilema’s fight against corruption.

Mr. Lungu highlighted serious allegations against Stanley Kakubo and criticized President Hichilema for merely thanking Kakubo for resigning without allowing a thorough investigation. The former President referenced previous instances where President Hichilema publicly declared innocence for his ministers facing corruption accusations.

The statement pointed to last year’s corruption accusations against Kakubo, where Mr. Hichilema, rather than the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), declared him innocent. Mr. Lungu emphasized the need for a fair investigation and a legal process to determine innocence or guilt, expressing concern that President Hichilema’s interventions could compromise the independence of investigative bodies.

Mr. Lungu urged Zambians to question the apparent double standards in President Hichilema’s fight against corruption. He argued that while opposition leaders and former government officials are presumed guilty until proven innocent, ministers and government officials enjoy the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

The former President criticized President Hichilema’s swift defense of his ministers in recent corruption allegations involving the Finance and Housing and Infrastructure portfolios. Mr. Lungu questioned the impact of such interventions on the investigative wings and the courts, emphasizing the importance of impartiality in the fight against corruption.

Mr. Lungu highlighted other corruption allegations within the government, expressing disappointment in President Hichilema’s silence on accusations against ministers in the energy and health sectors. He called for a genuine commitment to combating corruption without bias, urging President Hichilema to use such incidents to admonish ministers against engaging in opaque transactions.

The former President concluded by asserting that the fight against corruption should be impartial, without favoritism based on one’s proximity to power. He condemned what he perceived as a selective approach to the fight against corruption, accusing President Hichilema of using it as a smokescreen to target perceived opponents while shielding allies from accountability.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Am not a fan of HH but Lungu should be the last person to talk about fighting corruption….where did Esther Lungu get the money to build all those flats and Tasila Lungu…now that he is in opposition thats when he can see corruption

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    • Tasila fenced off state forests and only Panji Kaunda fought. Every body else thought the president and family were untouchable! I quarried why it was seen fit for the first lady to go all the way to America to fetch firetrucks when they could, like any luggage, come under cargo. But Zambians were silent. Why? We are bootlicking citizens scared of authority, right or wrong. These fake authorities will continue kutidyela masuku pamutu.

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    • The former President referenced previous instances where President Hichilema publicly declared innocence for his ministers facing corruption accusations.
      Where are those instances in this report???

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  2. And why is Lungu in the news…..why are they giving this Bandit audience….just like Nevers Mumba…he shouldn’t be in the news because Nevers Mumba is a big Bandit he stole embassy furniture in Canada and Mwanawasa fired him for theft and corruption and insubordination….HH is also in charge of corruption presiding over corrupt Ministers

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  3. very true sir this game is wasting tax payers money.Ati any mobile transaction will be taxed mmmmmmm same i get paid taxed put in a bank taxed through commisions when ever i make a transaction,transfered it from bank into mobile again taxed when making any transaction mmmmm yama same money.You can not build a country through taxation through can not.

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  4. very true sir this game is wasting tax payers money.Ati any mobile transaction will be taxed mmmmmmm same i get paid taxed put in a bank taxed through commisions when ever i make a transaction, transferred it from bank into mobile again taxed when making any transaction mmmmm yama same money.You can not build a country through taxation.

  5. @ECL a.k.a Changwa, how did you handle the hijackers, gassing of Zambian citizens, corruption in the country during PF and PF cabinet thieves including yourself?

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  6. The wisdom in my father ecl is so great. Just hearing him talk I get so emotional. I love you my president. Mulewelelapo. Dollar 27kwacha kikiki hh is a f00l

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  7. ,…….

    Lungu is the biggest hypocrite………

    See how the father of corruption does not bring up declration of presidential assets………

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  8. Edgar Lungu’s running away from media interviews. I know one radio station that has been trying to get him to submit to an interview but he has been evasive.

    • ECL oratory skills is the worst of all past president
      No you know why he is evasive
      Also he sets the questions before the radio interview

  9. Iwe Bwana Edgar Hypocrite Lungu please look in the mirror to see corruption. You’re calling the kettle black you loser .Zambia went to the dogs bcuz of your rotten leadership.

  10. Look who is talking about corruption! Is this some kind of a joke? Zambians must be the most gullible if they are really listening to this man. I mean come on man!

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