RB pardons man who insulted him as police caution Frank Bwalya

President Rupiah Banda has pardoned Darius Mukuku, the man who was imprisoned 18 months for insulting him a few months ago. But police on the Copperbelt are pursuing Frank Bwalya on a charge of defaming president Banda.
President Banda has also pardoned 349 other prisoners as part of the African Freedom day celebrations which fall on 25 May.

President Banda has ordered the Minister of Home Affairs to remit in whole the sentence slapped on Mukuku by Ndola Magistrate Court on March 18, 2010.
Mukuka is currently serving 18 month imprisonment at Kanseshi State Prison in Ndola.

“I have signed the Order of Release for the 350 prisoners,” President Banda in a letter to the Minister of Home Affairs.

But QFM radio reports that Police in Luanshya Monday recorded a warn and caution statement from Change Life Director Executive Director Father Frank Bwalya for allegedly defaming president Rupiah Banda.

Father Bwalya allegedly defamed the President when he was quoted referring to the president as Muwelewele (useless) in Post edition of May 10, 2010.
Father Bwalya claims the directive to the police to cite him for defamation of the president came from Government.
He reported at Luanshya police at around 12:30 hours.
And Father Bwalya who gave a statement under protest says he does not understand why the same police who summoned him had failed to take any action against Lusaka Province MMD Chairman William Banda after he reported him at Lusaka central police for threatening violence against him.
He wondered why it took the police a few hours to summon him when it has taken days to summon Mr Banda who he says has continued threatening his life.
And in his statement to the Police,Father Bwalya maintained that he has no intentions to defame the President or to scandalize the office of the republican President.
Meanwhile Father Bwalya says no amount of intimidation from any Government wing will derail the Red Card Campaign.
He says those that want to intimidate him are wasting their time and that they should target the masses who are not happy with the MMD leadership.


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    SMITH 8 years

    lock up genocide bwalya,idiots always condemning everything that the president does.as 4 yo pact get ready 4 another loss

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    Zedian 8 years

    Fr. Bwalya, like any Zambian, has a constitutional right to protest against any form of injustice. The MMD should be ashamed for trying to silence him through death threats and the Police. Zambia is not the MMD property for it to shush others.

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    Abalesapota MMD and chi RB child abuser mwaba ifyenu. U think we r hap wallowing in abject poverty while working so hard in our own country, NO. Zambia is not for Easteners only but for all Zambians. We shall nt tolerate such nosense from the president no wonder RB Red CARD!!!!!!!!! Kuya fye mune your friend Gordon Brown has just rule for less than 3 years and is hambling GOEN Nga imwe ba wamuyaya!!!!! in Zambia you should just leave us we dont need your at all CHI RB

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    Disgusted 8 years

    jus cage frank bwalya(i shudder at the thought of callin this indisciplined chap father),nga cinshi alatushupila?? this guy z a wolf in sheeps clothn,very soon u wil hear change life wil b a political party…watch ths space!!!!!!!

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    The Analyst 8 years

    mwabombeni ba ka teka but come 2011 you are going!!

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    Zedian 8 years

    The true freedom Africa needs is emancipation from corruption, respect of rule of law, poverty reduction, fight against diseases such as HIV/AIDS. It doesn’t make any sense to release a couple of prisoners to celebrate AFD. Infact, what Rupiah has done has nothing to do with freedom but decongesting our prisons that the MMD government has failed to maintain. As for the man who has been released, he needn’t have been jailed in the first place. If Rupiah can walk away with calling people dogs, why was the man sent to prison over an unclear insult? Its the abuse of justice. The president has abused justice to protect himself and his bootlickers like Chiluba. He doesn’t care for the majority Zambians who are subjected to the misrule of the MMD. Today, the MMD can commit atrocities under Rupiah’s nose. They can send unlawful militias to harass people in Mufumbwe and the president just watches. It is no wonder that what we have in state house today is the MMD president wrapped in the republican presidency. Zambia desperately needs a president. Rupiah is a muwelewele, a total disgrace, a failure.

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    manfred 8 years

    The power to pardon is a power that resides with a head of state. This is a constitutional power inherited from the British Westminister system and is meant to be just that a prerogative of mercy. Before excercising this power often the president will seek the consult of his advisors including the Comissioner for Prisons on whom they feel should be set free. In essence it is a power excuted after much counsel and with caution.

    These vary it could include those that have served long terms of their sentence and maybe ailing/aged, those in custody for minor offences such as ‘calling’ the head of state names in public, and also generally it is an instrument to decongest our over populated prisons since our courts only appear to excercise one form of punishment which is a custodial sentence, instead of say sentencing one to carry out community service.

    The only tradition that appears to have been established over the years in Zambia is for the head of state to excercise this power or rather for the prison authorites to act on the presidents decision on Africa freedom Day.

    Happy Africa Day to you all.

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    RED CARD 8 years

    Good Mr. President. You should even stand in 2011

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    Splaka 8 years

    For the love of God people. What’s wrong with you people? This was a good move. Surely the man deserved to be released. Why do you condemn everything? Its not serious criminals who get released, but those with petty crimes. Get over your hate for the man, and critisise when its due

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    Jahman 8 years

    Yet again people are throwing dirt on a genuine zambian tradition. This pardoning thing has been practiced for a while among all our former presidents. What is wrong with you people? Condemn the act, not the man! It is clear that some Zambians don’t like our president and refuse to see any good in the man. Yes, he has made some bad decisions but I am no bigot. Try and see the truth behind some of these decisions. Don’t just demonise blindly. It is really unfair on the man.

    ps. Frank Bwalya (I cease to call him father) and that hooligan William Banda should both be incarsarated in the same cell.

    Jah bless Zambia

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    Good Lad 8 years

    good president

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    Jamsupa 8 years

    i agree with the writer who said the most important thing 4 the president is 2defend his pipo. we shld feel safe everytime, election or no election. its us the ordinary in turn who will defend him. he shld not be seen 2b the center of all police protection

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    True 8 years

    Any offender kuti?ku prison!!!!!No,because i want people to know that have got a heart of the leader they’ve never had let me pardon & release the offenders in the society.What is wrong with this man?Muntu a paya,aba,a rapen’ga etc,then you pardon them & bring them to our community?what is all this?Is it because he leaves in a 24hrs secure place?YAYI ABWEZANI,MWACHILAMO LOMBA TATEZ.Any way realese them all & let them come & comite more scandals & destroy our community,tikuoneni mwaka womwe ukuza ku ma polling station.

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    Zedian 8 years

    Why should the Police pursue one man who has just called one man “muwelewele” when the people who ASSAULTED other people are let loose? This is the reason Fr. Bwalya calls Rupiah “muwelewele” because he only knows how to defend himself and not the people. In civilized countries, they would have impeached him for failing to defend the rule of law after the mufumbwe fracas. He has failed to institute investigations and defend innocent lives. Yet, he wants the law to defend him from from who he is, a Chiwelewele.

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    Gedon 8 years

    We need a president urgently. This Rupiah Banda is just ruining the country and taking it to UNIP era. How do you release more thieves on the street instead of removing those on the strets who are busy mugging innocent people? Let make sure we remove this man and his minions next year.

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    Bbule 8 years

    This Frank Bwalya must be dealt with once and for. Let him be in jail to see how strong he really is

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    Sata 8 years

    Ba afriking why change the constitution – because of father Bwalya!atase no time to waste. He can exercise his liberties by insulting the pope.

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    Pimpi 8 years

    You will discover that most of the people released are RB’s relatives. Indeed this is rubbish. Criminals must reform in jail instead of waiting for a bored president to release them on a meaningless day like this one.

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    FTJ Supporter 8 years

    Just jail the bagggar . . he can b;ame the post for mosquoting him. Iliko bad

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    Afroking 8 years

    Zambia constitution is in need of change. This should not be happening, the whole point of the judicial system is being compromised. This is attar nonsense let them serve their terms. Besides this Africa freedom we celebrate does not add any value as majority of the population still live in abject poverty. GOD help Zambia.