ChilubaFormer president Fredrick Chiluba’ spokesperson Emmanuel Mwamba says no one booed Chiluba or called him a thief in Northen Province. He says it was the Patriotic Front (PF) delegation that was jeered.
Mr. Mwamba told the Watchdog in a phone interview from Mungwi Sunday morning that the story published in the Post newspaper claiming that Chiluba was booed and insulted is not true.
Chiluba was in Mungwi to attend the annual Ukusefya Pa Ng’wena traditional ceremony
The Post Sunday wrote that ‘Kasama residents last Thursday hurled insults at former president Frederick Chiluba, calling him a thief as he passed through the town centre. As Chiluba entered Kasama, the residents – some of them clad in Patriotic Front (PF) regalia – lined up the streets with clenched fists and called the former president all sorts of names.’
But Mwamba said that the people in all the towns they passed on their way to Mugwi were lining up to greet and cheer at Chiluba.
He said that in Mugwi thousands of people at the ceremony grounds gave Chiluba e heroes welcome. He said first president Kenneth Kaunda was also given a thunderers welcome by residents.
He said the multitudes cheered loudly and stood for each former head of state as they came in seperately. Chiluba arrived earlier than KK.
Mwamba said that it was the PF delegation led party vice-president Guy Scot which was booed when thier convoy wandered into the sacred grounds where cars are not allowed.
He said the royal establishment in Mungwi immediately ordered the ejection of the PF vehicles which had campaign posters.
In the delegation were Kasama central aspiring candidate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM), and Munali MP Mumbi Phiri.
Mungwi is about 55 kilometres from Kasama the provincial headquarters. Chief Mukuni of Southern province, Chieftainess Nkomesha and chief Mumena were among traditional leaders from other parts of the country that attended this year’s Ukusefya Pa Ng’wena.