ROAN PF member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili says President Edgar Lungu must be impeached for abrogating the Constitution which he swore to protect. And Kambwili says President Lungu has no capacity to fight corruption because he is promoting it.
Speaking on Radio Yangeni’s good governance program yesterday, Kambwili said President Lungu’s threats on judges in Solwezi on Thursday was enough ground to push for his impeachment as he had gone against principles of separation of powers as enshrined in the Republican Constitution, which he should respect.
President Lungu, upon arrival in Solwezi on Thursday, told Constitutional Court judges not to try and emulate the Kenyan court by passing ruling that would bar him from going for a third term in 2021.
The Constitutional Court is currently hearing a matter of President Lungu’s eligibility in 2021 and are yet to pass ruling, but the Head of State warned them against being “adventurous” to go the Kenya route, saying he had information that some judges were pushing the court to be brave and do what the Kenyan judges did.
The Kenyan Supreme Court recently nullified the election of Uhuru Kenyatta following an appeal by opposition alliance leader Raila Odinga.
Commenting on President Lungu’s threats, Kambwili said the only way to save the country from lack of rule of law and the cancer of corruption was to vote President Lungu and the PF out of office.
“The only way out is to have President Lungu voted out of office. In fact, to wait for 2021, we are putting ourselves in problems; this man must leave State House like yesterday,”
Asked how President Lungu would leave office before the 2021 elections, Kambwili said he needed to be impeached.
“He needs to be impeached, after all yesterday (Thursday) in Solwezi, he abrogated the Constitution and you know that when a President abrogates the Constitution, it is an impeachable offence. He went there and started warning the judges when he is supposed to respect the principles of separation of powers. He is not supposed to interfere with the Judiciary but he starts to warn judges that if you rule against me to be banned from standing, there will be chaos. What kind of a president do we have? This is a wrong man,”
“It is not just a question if moving a motion to impeach the President, it’s a question of galvanising all members of parliament so that we can have a two thirds majority but as usual, those from the PF side will grow cold feet. If the Zambian people stand in every constituency to say ‘iwe MP uku twakutuma to represent us and not PF so go and vote for the impeachment’, it can be done. The onus is on you the people. If the people of Mansa can call Chilufya that go and vote for the impeachment, people of Bahati call Kalaba and say go and vote for impeachment, those in Mambilima call Wanchinga to go and vote, it will be done but if you leave it to Chishimba Kambwili it won’t happen. Jesus said ‘do not cry for me, cry for yourselves’; mwilandilila, muleilila mwebene,”
Kambwili said, ending with one of Michael Sata’s famous quotes.
And Kambwili said President Lungu lacked political will to fight corruption because “he is corrupt himself”.
He said to think President Lungu would lead a crusade against corruption was a fallacy going by the revelations in the Auditor General’s report which laid bare the rise in corruption by 500 per cent.
“First and foremost, I have told the people of Zambia and I am going to say it again to make it very clear to the people of Luapula Province that President Edgar Lungu cannot have the political will to fight corruption because President Edgar Lungu is corrupt himself. Tell me…if you are a thief, would you want to be fighting thieves? Because thieves will be your friends,” said Kambwili.
“Thieves will be your friends, will be your colleagues. President Edgar Lungu is corrupt and he cannot lead a crusade against corruption, far from it. The revelations in the Auditor General’s report are only indicating to you the level of thieving and stealing happening under the nose of President Edgar Lungu as Head of State. If your father is a thief, the children in the house will think stealing is a normal way of life. The civil servants have seen that the President is corrupt, the President is stealing from them, some ministers are stealing from them; what do you expect them to do? To watch them? They will also start stealing because that is what they are learning from their leaders.”