This is the purported recording in which UPND president Hakainde Hichilema is being accused of blasting a Tonga chief for welcoming Bembas. We do not know how authentic this recording is but it has been released by the OP, under the orders from the PF. Whether this is authentic or not, it is criminal invasion of privacy and someone will have to account for this. But that is a different topic.
In this purported recording, HH is speaking to chief Hamusonde of Monze West. Contrary to the hate speech published by the PF media, HH did not even mention ‘Bemba’ or say ‘shame’ and he did not blast anyone – not even Davies Chama. Instead, he was listening to the chief complain that other chiefs have been bribed to ‘forgive’ Chama for insulting Tongas. In fact HH did not even seem to remember who chief Chongo is until the chief reminded him, to which HH said ‘ oh, so my aunty has sold me?’
The only thing HH said is that ‘so they have agreed to be bought by Chama who insulted all southerners.’ If this is the recording the haters want to go and use as defence in court, then kaya. As far as we know, the court has interpreters and in this recording, there is no one saying ‘it is a shame to welcome Bembas’, for that is what haters claimed.
Below is a word for word transcription of the purported recording for the sake of people who do not understand Tonga:
Chief: Ba president
HH: Good morning chief
Chief: Good morning my president, my boy or my God!
HH: laughs. How are you doing?
Chief: Nothing much. How are you in there in Lusaka, in fact not Lusaka but the whole world?
HH: I went to your relatives in Mwinilunga, they love us badly oh chief Hamusonde. I arrived Last night.
Chief:Is that so?
HH: Ma ma ma. They will by pass you chief if you start going round in circles like you do
Chief: Mr president yes, you there you can be disappointed. Now here the main problems is poverty among chiefs. Now I confronted them. Really confronted them. Now this relative of yours [Chieftainess] Choongo, can you write her off completely.
HH: Which one?
Chief: Choongo. She is a nuisance
HH: from where?
Chief: Choongo, Choongo.
HH: What has she done?
Chief: She is the one. If you heard that chiefs from Southern province have forgiven Chama [for insulting Tongas). She was the one they sat with and were speaking in Bemba, they sat and chatted and even signed documents. Nuisance.
HH: Oh weee!
Chief: They sat, sat and chatted, selling us, now I was upset my boy and I confronted them. You can even phone [chief] Nalubamba he will tell you that we have never seen such a man the whole southern province.
HH: Waoh. She has sold me, my aunty has sold me?
Chief: These are the people who cheat you. She was one of the eight [chiefs] who sat in the bush being given money.
HH: Now chief, is she going to convince the people of Choongo?
Chief. No. No. She can’t. Am trying to say she was just selling herself. She was just showing that she is not a proper person, because the issues they discussed with Chama and this child [chief] Singani
HH: Which one?
Chief: The issues they discussed with Chama. I don’t know if its because of the time you were competing in South Africa.
HH; Now, it seems Hamaamba is involved.
Chief: That person is a snake and I don’t want him. I will never bring him to your house. Had it not been for Hamaamba, chief Choongo would be saying sense.
HH: Now Chama who insulted the whole Southern, they have started having conversations with Chama?
Chief: Not just having conversation but saying me I have taken you as my own child and given birth to you from own womb, if others don’t want you.
Chief: I told her that just because you stayed that side and learnt Bemba, you have no senses, anyway they should forgive me.
HH: What is there to apologise for we are in a political battle?
Chief: I confronted them ba president and left Chikanta open, I told them you are snakes, we are all poor but you are people are not even crocodiles, you really poor. Very bad.
HH: The other person who has impressed me is [chief] Mukuni because he does not fear them but tell them off
Chief: If Mr President you look for those papers where you were not present 4 times, you will know that we have a man.
HH: Thank you chief, I will look for those documents.
Chief: Utters some inaudible sentences