|Chiluba at the press
Frederick Chiluba is going mad, Patriotic
Front (PF) president Michael Sata declared yesterday.
yesterday launched scathing personal attacks on Sata and UPND leader Hakainde
Commenting on former president Chiluba's attacks on him, Sata,
during the press briefing yesterday, questioned Chiluba's sanity over the
several hallucinations about him at the press briefing.
He said Chiluba
was failing to reason properly because he was extremely under pressure as he did
not command any respect from reasonable Zambians.
Sata said Chiluba
should be ashamed for calling for a press conference to discuss
"He is already mad, because if you call for a press
conference, he should allow the media to clarify certain lies he has made, but
he didn't. Wamene Mulungu afuna kuononga ayambisa amufuntisa ... ["he
who God wants to destroy, He first makes mad"]. He is going very mad. The
whole press conference was to campaign for Rupiah Banda," Sata said. "He is
extremely under pressure, and if he is not careful, it might become worse than
He said Chiluba should not compare himself with other former heads
of state such as former US presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and former
South African president Nelson Mandela who were noble, respectable and relevant
to their nations' development.
He said noble leaders like Clinton could
not reduce themselves to holding dark-corner meetings or distributing one
thousand kwachas like Chiluba did recently on the Copperbelt.
the only thing Zambians remembered when they heard Chiluba's name was his
involvement in corruption.
"Frederick Chiluba should not compare himself
to noble world leaders, because here we have Nelson Mandela and Dr Kenneth
Kaunda. You have seen how their crusade against AIDS has been gaining world
recognition. He is so disgraced that he cannot compare himself to those world
leaders. Have you ever heard Bill Clinton call for a press briefing to talk
about John Mc Cain's morality, which morality cannot be substantiated?" Sata
asked. "Look at the work Bill Clinton was doing in North Korea? Can you compare
that with those clandestine meetings Chiluba was having on the
On Chiluba's attacks on PF-controlled councils that they had
hiked rates, Sata said everything Chiluba said showed that President Rupiah
Banda's government was doing nothing to improve the people's welfare.
said in fact those houses on the Copperbelt were sold in 2001, way before the PF
took control of any council in the nation.
"I don't know what he called
that press conference for. Who comes up with laws about the rates? Is it not the
ministry of local government? So he is just contradicting his brother. And if at
all his works are not politically motivated, why is he telling them to the
nation, and not Rupiah Banda? He is speaking publicly in order to undermine
Rupiah Banda," Sata said. "That man is a dribbler. He is a trickster, so Rupiah
Banda should be careful with him."
On Chiluba's assertions that there was
a traditional marriage between Sata and Lusaka Catholic Archbishop Telesphore
Mpundu's sister, Petronella, which bore two children, Sata agreed that he has
children with Petronella but there was no marriage involved.
"I am not a
polygamist. He grabbed a woman from Mwanza," Sata said. "I will be meeting
Chiluba in court in less than two weeks over his allegations that I was
dismissed from the police service, and that I had a marriage with
Sata challenged Chiluba to explain the circumstances
under which he came to know his wife, Regina.
On Chiluba's assertions
that he was fired from the police service, Sata said he resigned from the police
service in 1958.
"I joined politics. When I joined politics I was
arrested in Luanshya, I was not in Zambia Police. In 1960, I was with great
people like Justine Chimbaka, Mazimba from Ndola and Dingiswayo Banda. So tell
Chiluba to go and get more information," he said.
On Chiluba's assertions
that he saved him when the MMD national executive committee (NEC) tried to pass
a vote of no confidence against him, Sata said it was Chiluba who in fact
instigated people like MMD national chairman Michael Mabenga and others to pass
a vote of no confidence in him.
"Moreover, a vote of no confidence in MMD
is not an offence," he said.
Sata said he was disappointed that Chiluba
forgot to produce a dossier he claimed to have in possession over Sata's
On Chiluba's assertions that Luapula Province was now a
no-go-area for PF, Sata asked Chiluba to tell 'rebel' PF members of parliament
to resign so that people could see who had more muscle.
"Let him tell
that Peter Machungwa he is sitting with to resign, so that we can go to Luapula
with him, and see who is more popular," said Sata.
During a press
briefing at his Kabulonga residence, Chiluba dared people who always attacked
with the hope to silence him.
"Awe mwacepa bane you are not my
match! They even talk about my person and my marriage to my wife! I will today
try to respond in some way to their accusations after some long silence, you
know how I reply always; it takes long.
"Mr Sata has been on rampage
trying to discredit me, pouring out a lot of insults against me. He has kept
saying that I stole public funds, but what he doesn't know is that he made a
statement which is on tape and I will produce that tape at a certain time, give
a copy to William Banda and to everybody in which he said 'no Chiluba did not
steal, those allegations are false'.
"That was said by Mr Sata himself so
what is the truth? Is the truth what he said or what he is saying now?" Chiluba
asked. "Mr Sata always pontificates about democracy yet he is the one who grows
cold feet to hold elections. Mr Sata has never been a democrat because he hasn't
been a politician for too long. He in fact fought against our freedom fighters.
Let me ask Mr Sata to tell the country the truth. Ba Chilufya Sata can you tell
the country the truth, were you a police constable in the colonial government
which was oppressing our people or were you a freedom fighter? Were you
imprisoned for your participation in the fight for independence? Or can you say
why you were jailed and dismissed from the police force?
Sata I was in office for ten years as president and I had records on everyone of
my ministers. As the appointing authority I also appointed the prisons and
police services commission and I came to know the truth about you, Sir! Were you
a colonial police constable or a freedom fighter? Did you resign from the
colonial police force or you were dismissed? And if so for what reason were you
dismissed? It is not for me to tell, you tell the nation yourself because we
want to know you, you seem to be the perfect gentleman but let us know the
background. Let the Zambian people know the truth about you so that they are not
in any doubt about the leader of PF."
He said Sata had projected himself
as a moralist.
"On 19 September, I think last year, Mr Sata condemned me
for pretending I am a born-again Christian yet I am going with a woman I took
away from a certain man. But my marriage to Regina was consummated in accordance
with the law and custom. It was conducted above-board fulfilling all the
requirements by first sending elders from my side to her people who agreed
together to allow us to marry as she was a divorcee already. This was almost two
years after my divorce. So our marriage was and still is a very clean
affair. But you the moralist Mr Sata can you tell me, are you a man of one
wife or you are a polygamist? I am just asking questions. It's for you to
"Sir, can you tell me who is Petronella Mpundu, a biological
sister to Bishop Mpundu of the Catholic Church, who is she to you? Do you have
any relationship with her, can you tell the country, not me?" Chiluba asked.
"Are the two children Mukupa and Chilufya your children? Are you the biological
father of Mukupa and Chilufya? Did you by any chance consummate your marriage
with her in a Bemba customary arrangement known as ichombela ng'anda
traditional marriage or not?
"Mr Sata is a moralist, he will come out to
tell us. If you are a man of sound morals, tell us who this young woman who was
working for the Ministry of Finance in Lusaka but now working at the Bank of
Zambia in Ndola is, who is she to you - Petronella Mpundu? Tell us if you are
not the father of her two children. And finally, with this murky picture I don't
know why you line up for the eucharist at your church, I will leave that to the
church. Mr Sata, I know you more than you think ...
"When you were
national secretary of our party don't forget; sometimes we must learn to be
thankful, I saved you three times when the NEC wanted to pass a vote of
no-confidence in you because of failure to write minutes properly. Your English
sounded more Taiwanese than English and the NEC said we don't want him. They
suggested that young Paul Tembo, the late Paul Tembo, a graduate, should be the
one writing minutes because Mr Sata was only capable of putting a comma or full
stop where he stopped, when he stopped breathing that is where the full stop
"I saved him in all these things. I know his capabilities he can't
fool me, he can't fool me and I don't want to discuss matter of abuse of
office...I told Mr Sata I have a dossier, a thick one on him, but I will not go
into that. For now, let him answer those two questions."
Chiluba said he had fears about the leaders in the UPND-PF pact.
my neighbour Mr Hakainde Hichilema, I have my one big concern about him because
he chose to conceal the truth when it mattered most, to save my name. I have
always believed that it is a character and mark of true leadership to one to
rise to the occasion and reject injustice when others are being subjected to
"You remember that on 11th July 2002 when late president Levy
Mwanawasa addressed a special session of Parliament and made serious but false
allegations against me, he mentioned that I was responsible for the loss of US
$35 million for the sale of Luanshya mine to RAMCOZ and he said that there was
another US $12 million which was spent for the maintenance of the mine which I
also concealed," Chiluba said.
"But the day the President was making that
statement he had actually been informed already by the ministry of finance and
the ministry of mines that the US $35 million was actually received by ZCCM and
the US $12 million was received by Grant Thornton who were receivers, who were
appointed receivers and Mr Hichilema was part of Grant Thornton. Yet he was not
able to rise and say no president Mwanawasa as for that amount we received it,
no he kept quiet in order not to allow the nation to get the truth. So my
question is how can I trust such a leader who runs away from me in times of
"How can I trust that he would stand for me or for Zambians? And at
one time, you heard he called me a thief. My challenge to Mr Hichilema ... Can
he tell the nation, can he admit now that Grant Thornton actually received the
US $12 million? Because that's exactly what happened. I never saw a thing about
that, why would a leader choose to keep quiet when he was both aware and
accountable for the money in question? How could I be sure that if he became
president he would be impartial and fair to all including me? Can he tell the
country now that he knew about the matter?"
He said both leaders of the
pact did not impress him as serious contenders for the highest political office
in the land.
"My unqualified support for President Rupiah Banda is based
on my personal judgment and assessment of the man. I am impressed that he is
capable of re-uniting our nation, bring development to all parts of Zambia, give
every Zambian equal opportunity and of course promote equality of treatment. I
am convinced that given a fresh mandate of his own as our MMD party president
and president of the Republic, President Rupiah Bwezani Banda will bring sanity
to our nation," Chiluba said. "We are also happy that God gave him great wisdom
to appoint Honourable George Kunda his Vice-President. Honourable George Kunda
is loyal, very loyal man to the President, a decent professional who is
efficient, articulate and capable of providing sound support to our President.
Nobody in Luapula would go ask, such appointment and thinking of George Kunda,
as the President did we support that 100 per cent."
He said he was
petrified by the reactions over his recent visit to the Copperbelt
"I cannot understand the sense or the thinking behind their
vehement opposition to my visit to the Copperbelt which has been my home for
many years as a young man, a worker, a trade unionist and a father until I
became president in 1991. Does it really matter whether I go there for a funeral
or just to meet with anyone I want to visit? Why does it become necessary for
them to know where I go and who I meet? I am a free man and citizen and one of
the principle architects of our modern democracy," he said.
bragged that he boldly and bravely stood up and challenged the status quo during
the period of the one-party state.
"It is worth noting that at that time
in 1989 both Mr Sata and his nephew, secretary general of PF Wynter Kabimba,
were enjoying the fruits of the one party state as governor and town clerk
respectively without a thought for the future," Chiluba said.
light of that information, does Mr Sata or Mr Kabimba expect to scare me now in
this day and age with their threats? How do they expect me to cower in these
circumstances? That is sheer wishful thinking.
"No amount of thuggery or
political intimidation can ever succeed to trample down or rob me of my hard-won
freedoms and liberties; No. No. No. These are my inalienable rights and anybody
dreaming of tampering with them would be committing too ineffable a crime to
He said some people were simply politically and
"But somehow they are sensing that their
relevance is wearing thin as people no longer accept their conduct. They are
thus behaving like defeated soldiers on the retreat violently destroying
anything in their path.
"Violence, intimidation and thuggery are part of
their political culture and such people not only seek to tyrannise the country
at large but keep their own unregistered members in perennial fear," Chiluba
said. "At every opportunity or election, they get inebriated with the distant
smell of political power.
"Balakolwa nga baumfwafye ati kuli election
batampa no kukolwa ati nomba twabamo, kulibe kwamene muzayenda... [They get
drunk at the thought of an election thinking that they are in for it. But you
are not going anywhere and begin to frighten people].
"One shudders to
think what would happen if such people crawled like children closer to the feet
of power. I shudder to think what would happen, I can't imagine the mayhem and
He urged people not to allow leaders of political vandals to
come back on the political scene.
"I want to state that yes, yes Mr Sata,
yes Mr Kabimba, yes those others who care and matter I went to the Copperbelt in
broad daylight and I will go back there and elsewhere again and again as and
when need arises.
"I do not need permission from opposition parties or
the media to travel or do what I want done. This is not therefore an exculpatory
statement that I am making but one of affirmation that yes I freely exercised
and enjoyed my right to move freely," Chiluba said.
"I am not seeking
political office. Can you imagine how can I seek political office today? That's
madness you already know second Republican president. It is in the history of
Zambia and the history of the world, what other office do I look for? My card
number of MMD is 002, number one belongs to Arthur Wina, I am number two, number
three is VJ Mwaanga.
"The Almighty God ordained that I, Frederick
Jacob Titus Chiluba, be the second president of the Republic of Zambia and
it was so. That is already in the annals of Zambia and world political
"I am not fighting anybody but simply doing that which is not
unlawful to the country or harmful to our people. Ex-miners invited me to
interact with them because they know me having worked with them very well during
my tenure of office. They and their good families were beneficiaries of my
government empowerment policy whose legacy still stands out bearing testimony to
the era of political and socio economic emancipation.
"It is a legacy no
amount of cheap political and media propaganda can destroy or erase, because any
legacy must comprise both tangible and practical landmarks.
ukuba ifintu efyo balemona elegacy not ifyakumfwa fye iyo ...[There must be
something tangible, that is what we call a legacy and not hearsay]. I addressed
meetings in Chingola, Mufulira, Kalulushi, Kitwe and Luanshya because the miners
expressed confidence that I could help them convey their problems and challenges
to President Rupiah Bwezani Banda.
"I obliged and went because that is my
role to link people with our President. I want to report to our party that in
fact I have already presented a report to his Excellency for his perusal and
eventual action on all my meetings with ex-miners. And the President was kind
enough to call me back yesterday and said Mr President this is a good
He also highlighted what he said were the points of interest
miners raised and asked him to convey to President Banda.
petitioning his Excellency the President to instruct councils and the Ministry
of Lands to expedite the issue of title deeds to people who bought houses under
the empowerment policy. They argue that this procrastination is a deliberate
political ploy by PF to create areas of dissent in ex-miners against the
government of President Banda whom they falsely accuse of neglecting the poor.
This procrastination has robbed house owners of any opportunity to borrow money
from established financial institutions due to lack of collateral which is held
in the frozen title deeds," Chiluba said.
"PF-run councils have turned
land rates into rentals which they have used to threaten continued ownership of
houses bought under the empowerment policy. There are stories on the Copperbelt
of house owners whose furniture was confiscated by councils for failure to pay
rates. PF run councils must be held fully responsible for the plight of the
He said roads had become a hindrance to
"There is no excuse whatsoever for PF councillors to turn
local authorities into chambers of conspiracies to wage political war against
our central government. PF councillors have forgotten the role of local
government in developing our country and have instead concentrated on
criticizing the President and MMD government," he said.
He said President
Banda was right in calling for the auditing of councils especially those with
huge budgets such as in Lusaka, Ndola, Kitwe and all over the
"Where is this money? What is it used for?" he
He said rentals imposed on houses owned by PF-run councils were
"PF-run councils have already proved to be too callous to be
expected to do anything for people. They are simply incapable of running
councils. They are not focused. They know how to charge excessive rentals on
houses, which they do not maintain. PF councillors take turns with their MPs to
criticize the President or government while doing more damage to the lives of
the people, they purport to represent and care for," he said.
vowed to continue talking ...
"Although there are no hard and fast rules
about the role of a retired president it is common knowledge and practices that
on retirement the president is not disconnected from the incumbent. How can I be
disconnected? Unless the one in office disconnects me," Chiluba said.
retired president is essentially a goodwill ambassador whom the President can
send on any assignment or any mission. That is my role, that is the role of
umukalamba wandi my elder brother Dr Kaunda. We are not in opposition and we
shall not be in opposition.
"Let me give you examples, US President
Barack Obama has sent Bill Clinton to go and free American journalists in North
Korea ... Jimmy Carter, has been used many times to settle political feuds in
the world and recently Bill Clinton was also in Haiti. I admire president
Mandela even at an old age when President Jacob Zuma says come to this meeting
he goes to help Zuma. I am available to render my free services to the President
Rupiah Bwezani Banda, our party and government and the people of Zambia," he
He said people must not allow MMD to become a closed
"Because we cannot afford in this competitive political arena to
have a closed shop. Our president of the party and of the Republic rightly said
at Ndola Airport recently politics is a game of numbers and indeed democratic
politics especially require even greater numbers," he said.
praised Lusaka Province MMD chairman William Banda whom he said had recruited a
lot of members some of whom may form part of the future party
"And Luapula Province has gone in the same way as Lusaka
attracting a lot of people in the party and the political landscape in both
Lusaka and Luapula has changed. Our duty is to replicate this in every province
so that the party can be 100 per cent sure of victory. We need to rekindle the
1991 party spirit to ensure that our party president is re-elected both as
president of the party and president of the Republic of Zambia. Now is the time
for the re-election of his Excellency Rupiah B. Banda as president of the party
and the Republic. Let us go out and look for more votes, because our party is
popular and is sure of winning the 2011 elections," said