CHILUBA has never had any respect for the judiciary, Task Force on
Corruption chairperson Maxwell Nkole has said. Commenting on the contradictions
by former president Frederick Chiluba, where on one hand he has asked the nation
to accept his acquittal while at the same time attacking the judiciary for
convicting his wife Regina, Nkole said Chiluba could not praise his own
acquittal while at the same time condemning his wife's conviction.
said Chiluba should not even pretend to respect the judiciary.
praise your own acquittal and condemn your wife's conviction if you have any
respect for the judiciary. He should accept his wife's conviction, and his wife
equally has a right to appeal, and has appealed. As regards his acquittal, we
had said that we accept the decision of the court, but we don't accept that he
is innocent. And that is why we have appealed," Nkole said. "So if he respects
the rule of law, he should allow the state to appeal against his acquittal. He
has never had any respect for the judiciary. One of the reasons his cases
dragged so long is because he was not respecting the timetable of the
On Chiluba's insistency that the private money he banked in state
accounts was his, Nkole wondered why Chiluba refused to disclose which of his
well-wishers put their money in the Zamtrop account.
"He refused to
testify on oath to tell who the well wishers were," he said.
statement that he faced the corruption charges because of spiritual warfare that
was brought about as a result of his declaring Zambia a Christian nation, Nkole
responded: "It is just the dirty deals which occurred during his administration.
We have several cases against Chiluba. There are several issues which are
outstanding including the Katebe Katoto deal."
On Chiluba's spokesperson
Emmanuel Mwamba's statement that the former president would be making an
official request to President Banda for the disclosure and publication of the
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed by late president Levy
Mwanawasa, the Task Force on Corruption and a few donors to secure the
conviction of Chiluba, Nkole said the document did not say anything against
He said Chiluba was just involved in so many criminal cases,
and the law should take its course.
"In any case, it [MoU] was
cleared by our own Attorney General at the time, and currently the
Vice-President George Kunda. You can ask him if there is anything in that
document which says there is anything to fix Dr Chiluba," said Nkole. "So Mwamba
is free and his boss to write to the President. And the President has also a
right to talk to the Vice-President."
congregants at the Bible Gospel Church in Africa (BIGOCA) in Lusaka's Matero
compound on Sunday, Chiluba said it did not make legal sense that he was
acquitted, while Regina, who was charged with receiving stolen property from him
was found guilty.
And Catholic Priest Fr Joseph Besa has asked Chiluba to
repent for stealing money from this country.
Delivering a sermon at St
Monica Catholic Church in Mpika on Sunday, Fr Besa, whose sermon which centered
on choosing Christ as personal Saviour, observed that although Chiluba was
acquitted of having stolen US $500,000 by magistrate Jones Chinyama, he needed
to repent if he was to enter the Kingdom of God.
He argued that being
acquitted from courts of law was not a guarantee that a person was perfect and
had not stolen anything because wrong doers could go scot-free on
Fr Besa said courts of law were not guided spiritually
because any person could influence them.
He added that only God had the
power to forgive and as such, Chiluba should look up to Him for all the wrongs
that he had committed when he was ruling the nation.
Father Besa said as
a Priest, his plea to Chiluba was that he should ask for God's forgiveness
because he had sinned, regardless of the court's ruling.
"As a Priest, my
plea to our former president Frederick Chiluba is that he should ask for God's
forgiveness because he had committed a sin, regardless of the magistrate's
ruling," he said.
Fr Besa expressed shock at the verdict saying it was
unfortunate that the court had to acquit Chiluba in a case, which ran for eight
years and after the government spent colossal sums of money to prosecute
"It is mind-boggling to hear that an accused person is acquitted in
a case that ran for eight years and government spent huge sums of money to
prosecute [former] president Chiluba," he said.
Fr Besa called upon all
God fearing people in the country to pray for Chiluba so that he could sorrowful
for the wrongs he had committed during his reign.