I DONT see any reason why I shouldn’t work with Hakainde Hichilema, says Chishimba Kambwili.
Speaking on Sun FM in Ndola yesterday, the National Democratic Congress president said the Opposition Alliance was fine-tuning itself every day and that certain people were now scared of what would come out of it.
“We are in an alliance with UPND and as alliance partners we are discussing every day and building on the alliance. I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t work with HH. He is a Zambian like me so we are building on the alliance and that’s why bayamba ukutina nomba (They are now scared). Tukesa ikata, tukesa kaka (We will come and arrest and jail them),” Kambwili said.
He said the PF was a finished party and that President Edgar Lungu had failed to live up to the country’s expectations.
Kambwili said President Lungu and his team were in government to make money and had made money that they never had.
Kambwili said on his part, he came into government with money and did not make his wealth while being in government as seen by those in the current PF.
“Ask them uko bafunya indalamabena, nakokene akamwaiche kaku Luanshya mukepushe (Ask where they have gotten their money, even that small boy from Luanshya [mayor Nathan Chanda] should be asked). From selling talk time on the street to billions and billions of contracts at the airport, where has he gotten the money?” he wondered. “So this crop of people has failed and we must vote them out of office and when we vote them out of office, they will all explain where they have gotten the money. Me, I have explained where I got my wealth and I explained it to them and here I am, a free man so nabo bakese londolola (They will also come and explain).”
And Kambwili maintained that The Post Newspaper, in liquidation, was not closed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services or any department of the ministry.
He said he was not party to its closure in June 2016.
Kambwili said The Post was liquidated by the Ministry of Finance through the Zambia Revenue Authority.
He said The Post was closed at the time when all ministers were not in office hence he was not part of its shutting as suggested by many.
“Excuse me, no! I was not involved in the closure of The Post Newspaper. I don’t even believe in closing news outlets. Under my leadership as Minister of Information, more radio stations were opened and during that time as I was a Minister of Information, no single radio station was closed,” Kambwili said.
The Post was closed on June 21, 2016 and Kambwili and other Cabinet ministers were then in office and obtained salary and allowances which the Constitutional Court went on to order the ‘illegal ministers’ to repay.
The ConCourt determined that the ministers had remained in office illegally after dissolution of Parliament, handing down the ruling two days before the 2016 presidential and general elections.
Kambwili added that while at the ministry, ZNBC was encouraged to cover even the opposition.
He claimed at no time did he gag the opposition as it has been witnessed today.
Meanwhile, NDC officials Andrew Lupindula and Nachama Shimulinda who were arrested in Kitwe on Saturday yesterday appeared in court before senior resident magistrate Oswald Chibalo.
The duo has been charged with three counts of assault and threatening violence.
In the first count, Shimulinda is charged with threatening violence where he is said to have said: “I am killing you with this gun,” coupled with other words.
In the second count, both Shimulinda and Lupindula are charged with assault occasioning bodily harm contrary to section 248 of the Penal Code.
The duo is alleged to have assaulted David Chama.
In the third count, Lupindula is charged with assault occasioning bodily harm contrary to section 248 of the Penal Code having assaulted Melvin Kabwe.
And in the fourth count, both Lupindula and Shimulinda are again charged with assault occasioning bodily harm having assaulted Jonathan Kashupe.
Magistrates Chibalo granted cash bail of K10,000 to both suspects and the matter was adjourned to December 19.