Kabimba calls for Changwe’s arrest over bounced cheque
PF secretary general Wynter
Kabimba yesterday called for the arrest and prosecution of gender deputy
minister Lucy Changwe for bouncing a cheque amounting to K10 million.
Kabimba said President Banda has a double-stream sense of justice to fix his political
opponents like George Mpombo and protect his
accolades like Changwe.
Commenting on the conviction of former
defence minister George Mpombo on one count of issuing a cheque on an
insufficiently funded account, Kabimba challenged President Banda to dismiss
Changwe as minister because she is facing the same offence.
conviction of Mpombo over the K10 million cheque and the non-arrest of Lucy
Changwe over the same offence is eroding the principle of equality before the
law in Zambia,” Kabimba said.
“It is evident, following the recent
Chifubu pronouncement by RB, that he has a double-stream sense of justice to fix
his political opponents such as Mpombo and to protect accolades such as Lucy
Changwe who has committed the same offence but is walking freely on the streets
He urged President Banda to ensure that justice prevailed in
“I want to challenge RB that if he believes in the
principle of equality before the law, he must dismiss Changwe and allow her to
be arrested by police,” Kabimba said. “And he should let Changwe be prosecuted
accordingly and allow justice to prevail the way it has prevailed on
Kabimba wondered why President Banda had maintained Changwe as
“If RB wanted to show that the principle of equality
before the law is applicable to all citizens, he should have by now dropped
Changwe as minister even before the police take any action,” he said.
described the situation facing Mpombo as unfortunate. “Nowhere in the world have
political detentions ever succeeded to suppress the will of the people to change
a regime. This reminds me of the example of the Shah of Iran, who managed to
lock up more than 1,000 of his political opponents in order to remain in power,”
“But he was still swept away by the Iranian Revolution of
1979 and died miserably in the United States. RB will come to realise sooner
rather than later that the formula to suppress dissent by locking up the
opponents is a sign of weakness and not strength.
“And it is of very
limited effect once the people have decided to change government such as what we
have seen happen in Luena and Chifubu during the last
Mpombo was last week on Friday convicted by the Ndola
magistrates' court for issuing a cheque on an insufficiently funded
And Changwe, who is also Mkushi North MMD member of parliament,
bounced a K10 million cheque in a house purchase transaction.
Musonda, the owner of the property in question, recently reported Changwe to the
police for bouncing the cheque. But the police have not done anything on the
Musonda said he reported Changwe to police despite her paying him
the money because bouncing a cheque was a criminal offence.