I wont drop Chilufya, he is still innocent – Lungu

I wont drop Chilufya, he is still innocent – Lungu

President Edgar Lungu will not drop Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya, but will await the outcome of the case, State House has said.

Responding to a press query by Daily Revelation, president Lungu said through his press aide  Isaac Chipampe that Chilufya, who was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for being in possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime, has just been arrested and the court processes have neither started nor been concluded.

He stated that the prosecution has not complained that Chilufya is interfering with the case by remaining in office.

“Hon Chitalu Chilufya will be given an opportunity to be heard in the courts of law. Right now he has just been arrested and the court processes have neither started nor been concluded. The prosecution has, on the other hand, not complained that he is interfering with the case by virtue of being in office,” Chipampe stated. “Therefore, His Excellency, Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia will await the outcome of this case.”

He said in Zambia there was presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

“In the Zambian legal system there is “presumption of innocence” until proven guilty.
Article 18 (2) of the Zambian constitution, provides that everyone person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed to be innocent until he or she is proved or pleads guilty…it guarantees that no guilt can be presumed until the charge has been proved beyond reasonable doubt,” stated Chipampe.

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    John Edwards 6 days ago

    If we want true justice and no corruption then we have to vote for HH as he is a true man of God. That’s the only way Zambia will rise and become Great again and give everyone jobs. God will truly bless Zambia with a true Christian in charge,that is his promise.

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    child of God 1 week ago

    Praise the Lord 2021 is just around the corner. You can fool yourself and other people but you can’t fool GOD. See how much your evil has been exposed every day?? You can’t hide anywhere. God is good everytime and everytime God is good. We shall keep watching and remain healthy. Not even covid shall stop us from kicking you out. Your power is in lies, deceit and police. Our power is in our vote and it is very POWERFUL. Halleluia

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    The president has already declared him onnocent so CCA are just laundering him further!

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    By not dropping him you are making the health ministry lose aid

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    Menyani 1 week ago

    100% guaranteed PF linked ACC will certainly present a shoddy prosecution to have this case dismissed.
    Like Chitotela and their likes, Chilufya will have his criminal proceeds laundered as the Court finds him innocent.
    This is all pre-planned to hoodwink Zambians.
    Tha ambulances saga with the recent Honey Bee Pharmacy scandle the list goes on.

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    KU MALOLE 1 week ago

    Noted Mr sir. My village and my clan will help to remove PF from the helm of power.

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    Fraser 1 week ago

    Not to worry Mr President, the People of Zambia will drop you even if you may be innocent. This rhetoric of non action has certainly sealed your fate – a president decampaigning himself is classic modern politics. 

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    PF Carder 1 week ago

    PF new normal of dealing with erring ministers,not surprised, birds of same feathers flock together

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    Time 1 week ago

    Just waiting for 2021 tired with issues without directions. Chilufya was supposed to be granted leave period for ACC to handle matter accordingly. How can one follow a case when he is driving with a flag on? Comments reserved for 2021 twanaka sana.

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    Yes sir please do like wise u are a very good president give Dr chilufya a leave so that ACC can do there job then if is not guilty return him his position please in the name of Jesus

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    James bond 007 1 week ago

    Hon Kabanshi was droped but still appearing in court.

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    Sipinya sa ng'aka 1 week ago

    I have a feeling the magistrate for this case will not be a surprise!

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    The most useless corrupt thief and head of state ever in Zambia’s history.

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    Reflection Bane 1 week ago

    What is the difference, in 2018 President Edgar Lungu took the first step towards the clean-up in the Social Cash Transfer scandal with Community Development Minister Emerine Kabanshi fired.
    Kabanshi becomes the first casualty with many more expected to go in a scandal that has forced some donors to suspend aid to Zambia.
    The UK has frozen aid funding to Zambia over the $4.3m (£3.3m) under the Social Cash Transfer Scheme.
    The move follows allegations of corruption within President Edgar Lungu’s administration.
    The UK takes a “zero-tolerance approach to fraud and corruption”, the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) said in a statement.
    Ireland, Finland and Sweden have also suspended aid.
    President Lungu announced that he had given Secretary to the Cabinet one week to give him concrete answers but within 24 hours the axe has fallen on Kabanshi.