Statehouse Spokesperson George Chellah has been placed under ‘administrative’ suspension and his movements around Statehouse have been restricted.
Meanwhile, a hot battle to succeed Chellah has ensued between Amos Chanda and Emmanuel Mwamba. Chanda is working as media attaché at the Zambian High Commission in London but is currently in Lusaka on ‘holiday.’ Chanda once worked as deputy to Chellah at State House before being chucked out after Chellah noticed his manoeuvres to take over his job. Emmanuel Mwamba is currently unemployed after being dismissed as permanent Secretary for the ministry of information. He now earns a living by selling fake information to desperate politicians and has managed to become very close to Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda. Chanda and Mwamba pretend to be friends but they are deadly rivals. Both are power hungry and love money too much.
Chellah’s suspension is connected to the leakage of a letter from Alexander Chikwanda to President Michael Sata. The letter was leaked to the Post newspaper where Chellah is still working as editor and has passwords for the newspaper website.
State house sources have told the Watchdog that Chellah’s suspension was initially handed over to him shortly after the Mangango election, which PF fraudulently won. The source further says the suspension is likely to lead into Chellah’s dismissal and possible prosecution but the authorities want to make sure that they leave no stone unturned. Chellah is already and under official investigations.
Under the current suspension, Chellah has been reporting for work but does not operate from his usual office and does not attend to any functions at state house. Instead he has been shunted into a smaller office and spends most of the time on internet. He is not even allowed to comment anything on President Sata’s facebook page as passwords have been changed.
“The thing is there is no official suspension letter written to George but he has just been verbally told not to occupy his office until further notice. When he tried to work on the President’s facebook page he found passwords changed and this has created panic in the young man,” said the source.
And a Watchdog visit to Sata’s facebook page reveals that the page was last updated on 20thAugust ‘thanking’ the people of Mangango for ‘voting’ PF.