president Frederick Chiluba with wife Regina on arrival at Mansa
No matter what Frederick Chiluba
thinks of himself, he will not manage to convince anyone that he is not a thief,
Our people are not dull and gullible as Chiluba thinks they
On Saturday as he addressed some of our traditional leaders in
Mansa, Chiluba declared that these traditional leaders should be proud of him
because he is not a thief. He said these traditional leaders gave birth to a
king and not a thief.
Chiluba also claimed that in 2006 he turned down
Patriotic Front leader Michael Sata's offer to drop, by way of interfering with
the judicial process, all his corruption cases against him because doing that
would be damaging the judicial process. Chiluba said he did not worry about the
allegations against him because he knew he did not steal except those who hate
him had mounted propaganda against him in a bid to persecute him.
further said his suffering is now over because God removed shame from his face
and freed him through the courts of law.
If we did not know Chiluba, we
could have concluded that he said this under the influence of something. But we
know Chiluba to be a shameless thief, a crooked liar. So his claims do not
Yes, Chiluba can claim to be a Christian but he should not
be using God's name in vain. It is blasphemous for Chiluba to claim that God
removed shame from his face and freed him through the courts of law.
God we know is one of justice. So how can a God of justice free a thief like
Chiluba who has robbed His people? Chiluba should not misdirect his praises for
Rupiah Banda to God.
Even a baby who was born yesterday knows that Rupiah
interfered with our judicial process to secure Chiluba a dubious acquittal. It
is Rupiah who removed shame from Chiluba's face and 'acquitted' him in court.
This is no longer a matter of guesswork. Rupiah and his minions have made
several public statements confirming how they secured Chiluba's
Again, without any shame, Chiluba was busy claiming that he
was born a king and not a thief. Is Chiluba from a royal family? For all we
know, only those from royal families are born kings?
If Chiluba had any
conscience at all, it could have spoken to him to shut up. But it appears that
even his conscience is dead. That is why he can declare himself a king and not a
thief. If Chiluba has not stolen, why should he protest against the public's
demand for an appeal against his acquittal in the High Court and Supreme Court,
if need be? If he did not steal, why should Rupiah stop the
Rupiah forgets that even walls have got ears, so he speaks
carelessly about some of these issues. Not too long ago, Rupiah was telling some
people that taking Chiluba back to court would be like daring a lion after
surviving its first attack. What did Rupiah mean by this
Anyway, this is not the only case where Chiluba's theft is
found. The London High Court judgment caught him pants down.
government, his master's government, is trying to register this same judgment
against him so he can pay back to the Zambian people over US $40 million that he
stole. This judgment was secured by George Kunda as Attorney General and justice
minister. George is still serving as justice minister as well as Republican
And today, Chiluba can have the audacity to stand and
claim that God removed shame from his face and freed him through the courts of
law. We know Chiluba has no respect for our people. That is why he stole from
them. But at least we ask him to respect God and spare His lofty name from such
Chiluba is in Luapula Province today to fulfill his contract
with Rupiah. Chiluba needed his freedom while Rupiah needed his support to win
elections in 2008 and beyond. So the two cut a deal. That is how we saw Chiluba
disappearing from the PF which he joined after ditching MMD because the late
Levy Mwanawasa, on behalf of our people, pursued him for corruption and theft of
But Chiluba thinks he can confuse our people by
claiming that he turned down Sata's offer in 2006 to give him back his freedom.
Chiluba supported Sata in 2006 only on account that his freedom was assured. We
have not forgotten Chiluba's words when he went to cast a vote for Sata. He
said: "We are voting out the bad and voting in the good." Levy and MMD were the
bad and Sata and PF were the good.
As fate would have it, Sata's public
declaration to dubiously drop charges against Chiluba and all those charged with
plunder, if assumed power, largely cost him what appeared to be a good
opportunity for him to defeat Levy.
Learning from this bitter lesson,
Sata in 2008 during the presidential by-election learnt to make appropriate
pronouncements. This time around, he pledged to strengthen the fight against
corruption upon assuming office and to ensure that all those who were being
prosecuted on corruption charges were quickly and justly tried.
this consistently and Chiluba realised that Sata meant business. That is how
Chiluba deserted PF and Sata to join Rupiah whose interest was to weaken or stop
the fight against corruption. Rupiah and Chiluba are birds of the same feather.
Chiluba has found solace in the new MMD under Rupiah.
Today, Chiluba can
tell us that Sata can't be President of Zambia because he is just a former
police constable in the colonial government. If he is interested in educated
people leading our country, why did Chiluba choose to support Sata over Levy and
Hakainde Hichilema who were university graduates?
The truth is Levy and
Hichilema did not offer him what he wanted. Chiluba is on record that he
supports political parties based on what he can get out of them. Clearly,
Chiluba is today supporting MMD not because it is the best party but because it
has given him what he wanted desperately – freedom.
It is therefore an
insult to our people for Chiluba to claim that he did not steal from them. He
insinuated that he was an innocent man; that is why the government took seven
years to conclude his prosecution because they were fishing for
Has Chiluba forgotten that he stalled that prosecution because
most of the time he was in South Africa for treatment of his alleged heart
condition. At one point, the case was adjourned for close to one year. When a
proposal was made to try him via video conference facilities from his residence
in the interest of time, Chiluba violently protested that he was
Today, he can tease our people that they took seven years in
court with him because they were on a fishing expedition. What a joke!
can't talk about Chiluba's ability to politically deliver Luapula Province to
Rupiah and the MMD. We can only remind him that in 2008 when he went there on a
similar mission, he lamentably failed to achieve his goal. Rupiah was rejected
even in the village where Chiluba comes from. Only the other day, William Banda
announced that MMD were dispatching over 2,300 cadres from Lusaka to protect
Chiluba whilst in Luapula Province. If Chiluba is such a popular figure in
Luapula, we wondered why thousands of cadres should come from Lusaka to protect
him in his own village.
We can only say that time will tell if Chiluba is
the solution to Rupiah's desire for a second term in office. We know that both
Chiluba and Rupiah are desperate. This explains their engagement in desperate
schemes. They are mindful of what they have done, so a change of government is
the last thing they would ever entertain on their minds. Chiluba is not
campaigning for Rupiah for nothing. He is paying back a debt of gratitude to
Rupiah for having removed shame from his face with that dubious
The other week in Kitwe, Rupiah said it would be madness for
anyone to think that he can denounce Chiluba just because he was accused of
something. As far as Rupiah is concerned, Chiluba was "a damn good president"
who he has now engaged as a consultant on politics and development.
wonder how our people should expect Rupiah's government to effect the London
High Court judgment against Chiluba. How can Rupiah possibly effect a judgment
against his consultant?
Rupiah can only protect corruption since he is
also corrupt. And Chiluba has found his equal, a corrupt President. That is why
he has been engaged as a consultant and sent to Luapula to go and corrupt more
people. Corruption is the only thing Chiluba can effectively and efficiently