Maureen apologises

Former first Lady Maureen Mwanawasa has apologized unreservedly to the Zambian people and the Government for what she terms as the misunderstanding that has been caused through an interview she gave to the BBC.
In a statement released to Qfm today following Government’s displeasure at her recent interview with the BBC, Dr Mwanawasa says at no time did she mention that she wanted Government to increase her retirement package, but that she stated that she has decided to go back to her legal profession and continue to work in order to meet the needs of her family especially their education.
She says she has always and will always treat the gesture by government to provide her with the retirement package as a privilege and not as a right, which she appreciates and is grateful for and that it is incumbent upon her to fend for her family.
Dr Mwanawasa further says that the BBC interview was not an isolated incident as has been portrayed that she gave an opinion to a foreign media.
The former first lady says she is not a selfish person as some section of the society would like to portray and that she takes the government statutory provision as a privilege and not as a right, adding that she cannot disparage the same when she is fully aware of the sufferings of many Zambian.
Mrs Mwanawasa has since assured that public that she will not issue any further comments on issues regarding the demise of her late husband but will find a way to amicably discuss with the Government.

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