Patriotic Front leader Michael Sata says his blind loyalty to former president Fredrick Chiluba cost him the presidency in the 2006 elections.
The PF leader had in the run-up to the 2006 elections, promised to drop the corruption charges the former president was facing once elected president.
Mr Sata has since apologized to the Zambian people for speaking from a point of ignorance when he said he would drop the corruption charges against former president Chiluba once elected president.
Speaking during a deferred Qfm Monday evening interview this morning, Mr Sata says he only came to know the truth after meeting late president Levy Mwanawasa who showed him documentatary evidence showing that former president Chiluba had signed the us$100 million arms deal of which us$20 million was paid in advance to Congolese born Belgian businessman Katele Katoto.
Mr Sata says he apologized to late president upon seeing the documents for talking from a point of ignorance.
He says had he not met late president Mwanawasa he would not have known that former president Chiluba was involved in the k140 billion arms deal.
Meanwhile Mr.Sata has challenged director of public prosecutions Chalwe Mchenga to tell the nation why he withdrew the notice of appeal filed by task force on corruption lawyers against the acquittal of former president Chiluba.
The PF leader says this is the first time that such a thing has happened in Zambia’s history.
He says what the DPP and president Rupiah Banda did to withdraw the notice of appeal against Dr Chiluba is not helping Zambian democracy.