Katuba MMD member of parliament Jonas Shakafuswa
yesterday charged that former president Frederick Chiluba was definitely happy
when president Levy Mwanawasa died.
And former finance minister Ng'andu
Magande said Chiluba has no humanity.
Reacting to Chiluba's statement
allowed Rupiah Banda to be President to create an environment in which the
Judiciary would freely decide on his corruption cases as well as assertions
of tribalism [family
tree] during president Mwanawasa's reign, Shakafuswa asked Chiluba to shut
He said the statements coming from Chiluba showed that he was happy
over president Mwanawasa's death.
Shakafuswa said God did not take away
president Mwanawasa so that a crook could be allowed to get off the hook on
"Even if He [God] took away president Mwanawasa, He
still has the best for this country. He didn't do it for one crook to get away,
off the hook. He [Chiluba] should tell us who put that money in that account. A
lot of people have not forgotten his misrule. He sold companies for a song and
where did the money go?" Shakafuswa, who is the late president's nephew, asked.
"We should forgive him. He is a sick person. He definitely was happy when
president Mwanawasa died. But for us also, we celebrate president Mwanawasa's
life for what he brought."
Shakafuswa said he was a very proud "family
tree" to have been associated with president Mwanawasa who did his best for the
He said even if several people hated president Mwanawasa, they
hated him not for the wrongs he committed, but what he stood
Shakafuswa said he initially went against his own uncle when he
stood as member of parliament on the UPND ticket because of Chiluba's
He said the UPND wanted to bring in new life, away from
Chiluba's corruption and abuse.
"I stood against my uncle because I
believed he was going to be a stooge of Chiluba. But what came out was different
from what Chiluba had wanted," said Shakafuswa. "If he knew what injustice he
did to Dr Kenneth Kaunda and the country; he brought the country to the brink of
bankruptcy. He should shut up."
And Magande said to accuse a dead person
who could not defend himself did not show any humanity on the part of
He said Chiluba would not live on this earth forever and should
imagine himself being talked about in the same manner he talked about president
"To show those traits and characteristics as a leader... he is
not showing humanity as a leader," Magande said. "Wanting to be talking enough
about Levy and his reign, he should not be campaigning. We have a President. Let
him just help President Rupiah Banda to rule properly. As for the issue of the
family tree, I don't know. I thought that was just a jargon for those of you in
the press. But I am surprised to have heard it from a former
Magande said president Mwanawasa had been around for a long
time, but wondered why Chiluba only chose to attack him after his
"All I can say really with that kind of statement by the
president in a religious environment is very unfortunate, he [president
Mwanawasa] was alive and he could not challenge him. What he is expecting is
that we who worked with president Mwanawasa are going to start defending him,"
said Magande. "If he thinks he did a lot of good for the people, same with
Addressing congregants at the Bible Gospel Church
in Africa (BIGOCA) in Lusaka's Matero compound last Sunday, Chiluba said God
created an environment for the judiciary to freely decide on his matter by
allowing Banda to be President.
He said the MMD's national executive
committee (NEC) was dominated by the family tree, who spent a lot of money to
Chiluba said Banda emerged from nowhere to become
President and now he was unifying the nation.
"Our nation was being
split. Kenneth Kaunda had a legacy of One Zambia, One Nation. But certainly
after I left office, we came to know tribes, not by identification, but
discrimination and isolation," said Chiluba.