|The Litunga with Vice-President George
Kunda (l) before boarding the Nalikwanda at Lealui yesterday
Vice-President George Kunda on Friday
asked people to be careful and reject whatever is written by The
Post newspaper because it was all lies and unprofessional.
Vice-President Kunda was whisked away from Mongu Airport to Country Lodge, where
he is lodging, at breakneck speed amidst tight security through a route that
skirted away from Mongu town centre.
Speaking on his over two hours
delayed arrival to a visibly sombre reception at Mongu Airstrip to attend this
year’s Kuomboka Ceremony in Mongu, Vice-President Kunda charged that The Post,
which wants to portray that PF leader Michael Sata was popular in Western
Province, wanted to divide the country.
Vice-President Kunda, who was
addressing a crowd full of civil servants, security personnel and a few cadres
that were not so keen on raising the MMD party symbol when asked to, also
attacked Mongu’s St. John’s Parish priest Fr Gregory Muliya over his statement
that he was not welcome in the province because he justified the killings
by police in Mongu in January this year.
“I am accompanied by the ‘second
lady’, Mrs Ireen Kunda. She is here and she is Lozi by tribe. We are grateful
with the way you have received us, Mr Provincial Minister and the Provincial
Chairman of our party,” Vice-President Kunda said. “I have been sent by His
Excellency Mr Rupiah Bwezani Banda to come and represent him at this year’s
Vice-President Kunda said President Banda wrote to
him that he should officiate at this year’s Kuomboka Ceremony.
received a letter from His Excellency that I will represent him, I was so
excited; the reason is simple,” he said. “Although I have seen the Kufuluhela
Ceremony the opposite of the Kuomboka, I have not seen the
Vice-President Kunda, a Catholic who usually attends mass at
Lusaka’s Mary Immaculate Parish in Lake Road area, then launched an attack
against Fr Muliya.
“I read a report in The Post newspaper to say I am not
welcome here in Western Province,” Vice-President Kunda said whilst asking if
there was any Roman Catholic Church priest in the crowd. “Do you know such a
priest? If there is such a priest, he is preaching hatred. We don’t want hatred
in the country. We don’t want hatred in Western Province. In Mongu, we don’t
want hatred. I know The Post newspaper has been trying to promote Mr. Sata,
saying that he is very popular here in Western Province. What they don’t know is
that Mr. Sata is unsellable. You can’t sell that product here in Western
Vice-President Kunda claimed that The Post published Fr
Muliya’s story because it wanted to discourage him from going to the province to
see the Kuomboka.
“Why they want to discourage me is because they know
that when I travel countrywide, they know this is the opportunity for me to
hammer Mr Sata. So like now they are worried that ‘Aaah, George Kunda is going
to Mongu, going to Kaoma and he is going to touch the Copperbelt,’”
Vice-President Kunda said. “Mr. Sata has reached a level where now he is so
scared of me that he is now even writing me letters, complaining, writing to the
Vice-President Kunda said for 10 years the MMD
government had been under siege from Sata’s defamatory statements and
“We never used to reply. He was insulting me with his nephew
lawyer, Wynter Kabimba,” Vice-President Kunda said. “He thought we had no
capacity to reply to those insults, to the defamatory statements, except for us
when we reply we are factual.”
Vice-President Kunda said he was just
trying to expose Sata’s bad character, which makes him not suitable to go to
Vice-President Kunda said before The Post entered what he
categorised as the ‘news relationship with the PF’, it had scandalized Sata so
much to an extent that it described him as corrupt, vulgar and a
“They had thrown so much mud at him, so we are going back to past
records to what they were saying about Mr. Sata,” Vice-President Kunda said.
“Mr. Sata has no capacity to develop Zambia, now he has come up with a
manifesto, the so-called ‘Manifesto of the Patriotic Front’, as some form of
guidance from which they are going to develop the
Vice-President Kunda said the PF manifesto was not a blueprint
for developing the country because the current government was implementing what
is contained in it.
He wondered why the aspect of homosexuality was not
included in the PF manifesto.
“There is one very important thing which
they have deliberately omitted from that manifesto, which forms part of their
foreign policy … of raising money, which is homosexuality,” Vice-President Kunda
continued his address. “Why have they left that?”
said some newspapers, non-governmental organisations and even the PF were
challenging him because of his very strong stance against
“That is why they don’t like this government,” he said.
“Now, on Mr Sata, and this is very important, his relationship with the church.
He has said he is a Catholic fundamentalist. What does that mean? Fundamentalism
means that you don’t tolerate other beliefs, you don’t tolerate other churches,
Pentecostals, Mr Sata he doesn’t support them because he is a Catholic
Vice-President Kunda said such ideas were
“We don’t want fundamentalism in this country. Fundamentalism
is unconstitutional because our Constitution encourages freedom of worship,”
Vice-President Kunda said. “Now if Mr Sata is a fundamentalist, he will be
fighting everybody who is preaching a different faith.”
Kunda said the Kuomboka was about the promotion of peace and sharing ideas on
“We look forward to a wonderful Kuomboka,” Vice-President
Kunda said. “And for our party, please, we are preparing now for the elections.
We want peace here in Western Province, in Mongu. We don’t want people who
divide us, to bring confusion in any part of Zambia. You have to be careful with
The Post because they want to bring division. Let us reject whatever is written
in The Post newspaper, lies.”
Western Province minister Sikwibele Mwapela
said people peddling lies on why President Banda could not attend this year’s
Kuomboka should be dismissed with contempt.
Mwapela said it was not
uncommon for a Vice-President to officiate at a Kuomboka Ceremony.
you we see the president himself and you are his number two,” said Mwapela. “The
MMD party has continued to enjoy massive support here in Western Province as
demonstrated by this huge crowd which has come to welcome you.”
Vice-President Kunda’s motorcade left Mongu Airport for Country Lodge at
breakneck speed, leaving behind Mwapela’s and other officials’ vehicles far
As the motorcade turned a corner to join the road that runs
behind Kambule High School to join the Mongu-Lusaka Road, a group of people were
seen standing on both sides of the road at Kapulanga Market, which was one of
the hotspots during the January 14, 2011 Mongu
Most residents just glanced at the motorcade with resigned
looks as they continued with their normal daily business.