Rupiah denies threats on M’membe’s life
And he shouldn't go and kill himself in a car because that is the last thing I
will do."— The
President Rupiah Banda has said Post
editor Fred M'membe should not go and kill himself in a car and accuse him that
he has killed him.
And President Banda said he felt sorry for health
deputy minister Dr Solomon Musonda, who recently shot and wounded a PF cadre
Reacting to M'membe's complaint to former President Dr
Kenneth Kaunda that his life is in great danger because he President Banda,
former president Frederick Chiluba and the latter's friends were hunting him,
President Banda said he could not do that to M'membe.
"Do I look like a
man hunter? I think that, I can understand, they say in my language, 'if
somebody is in problems don't shut his mouth'. So let him say whatever he wants
to say but to tell you the truth, I think you know me well enough to know that
it is far from the truth," President Banda said.
"In any case, his
current problems are not with me, but between him and the judiciary. I have not
jailed him, I don't jail anybody. He has a problem with the judiciary and the
judiciary put him in and he should understand that.
There is nothing
personal between me and him. And he shouldn't go and kill himself in a car
because that is the last thing I will do."
And President Banda declined
to discipline Dr Musonda, saying there could be a reason why he shot
"I am very sorry also for him Dr Musonda. This matter again as
you know it's in the hands of the police and the DPP Director of Public
Prosecution. I have really nothing to say about it. I am of course very sorry
for him. He is a professional; it's a pity that this has happened to him but
there must be a reason, we shall know about it soon," President Banda
Asked if he would discipline Dr Musonda, President Banda responded:
"No! No! I think you are going too fast, why can't we wait until everything is
President Banda also said he was not shaken by the launch of the
PF-UPND Pact last weekend.
"They launched it also last year. I thought
they are going to tell us who is the leader of the Pact but they re-launched it.
They launched it last year. We all knew about the pact all along," said
President Banda. "No! Do we look like shaken people? And where we have come from
you could have seen the people at the airport. I think that's politics; it's
interesting. Next year it should be very fascinating for the Zambians and those
watching the Zambian situation."
President Banda was speaking to
journalists at City Airport on arrival from Mfuwe where he had gone for a three
day working holiday.