Sebastian Zulu was bribed K250M to destroy UNIP

Sebastian Zulu was bribed  K250M to destroy UNIP

Sebastian Zulu

FORMER Defence minister Ben Mwila has said former UNIP secretary general Sebastian Zulu received about K250 million from the State to destabilise the former ruling party UNIP and its leader Kenneth Kaunda at the time.

And Lusaka lawyer Sakwiba Sikota confirmed that when he represented petitioners in the 2001 presidential election petition, former Zambia State Security and Intelligence Services director general Xavier Chungu testified that the State paid Mr Zulu K250 million for him to cause instability in UNIP where he was secretary general.

Mr Mwila, who is MMD Nchelenge Constituency parliamentary candidate, said Mr Zulu’s statement that President Rupiah Banda and his Government were corrupt should not come from a person who had no values to protect.

Mr Zulu was on Friday quoted in a daily tabloid as saying there was too much corruption in the Government.

He also called for change of Government, which Mr Mwila yesterday said was a laughable matter.

Mr Mwila said Mr Chungu testified on January 30, 2003 in the presidential election petition that the State gave Mr Zulu huge amounts of money to cause instability in UNIP.

“Sebastian Zulu is the reason why UNIP is dead today. Does he have any credibility to insult President Banda who is doing everything possible to improve the welfare of the Zambian people?

“Does he think that Zambians have forgotten that his career as a civil servant ended because of dealings with Tomwood International?” Mr Mwila asked.

He said Mr Zulu should not forget that detailed accounts of his conduct were available as revealed by Mr Chungu and reminded him that he served as Defence and security minister who interacted with Mr Zulu when he was secretary general of the former ruling party.

Mr Mwila said Mr Zulu was used as a mole while he served as UNIP secretary general and when the Government told him to announce intentions to contest the presidency of UNIP, the Lusaka lawyer obliged and made public attacks against Dr Kaunda in line with the instructions he had received.

Mr Chungu made revelations about Mr Zulu when he testified on January 30, 2003 in the 2001 presidential election petition filed by late Forum for Democracy and Development president Christon Tembo and Heritage Party leader Godfrey Miyanda.

And in an interview in Lusaka yesterday, Lusaka lawyer Sakwiba Sikota, who handled the 2001 election petition, said Mr Chungu told the court that Mr Zulu was paid substantial amounts of money to destroy UNIP and that he obliged.

He said Mr Chungu explained to the court that the money which was paid in batches to Mr Zulu was meant to cause chaos in UNIP and also to attack Dr Kaunda.

Meanwhile, in its November edition of Monday, November 8, 2010, the Times of Zambia reported that the disciplinary committee of the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) found Mr Zulu guilty of professional misconduct following a complaint filed by former Press aide to late second Republican president Frederick Chiluba, Richard Sakala.

Mr Zulu was fined K2,500,000 and was ordered to pay the money to Mr Sakala within 60 days.

He was told that he would not be allowed to renew his practising certificate until the penalty and costs had been settled.

This is according to the ruling by the disciplinary committee signed by all the seven members dated November 4, 2010.

The ruling was signed by the committee chairperson, Mumba Malila and members M Lwatula, A Patel, M Musonda, D Sichinga, N Mubonda and Johnson Mwenda.

The complaint was initially heard by the legal practitioners committee which passed its ruling on July 30, 2008 before it was referred to the disciplinary committee for the final ruling.

Mr Sakala, in the summary of evidence before the committee, stated that he had requested Mr Zulu in 2005 to represent him and paid US$5,000 to prosecute the appeal.

Mr Zulu was also paid K250, 000 as transport money to meet Mr Sakala in prison after which he was given documents to read.

“Subsequently, the practitioner, now acting as private prosecutor, drew up charges and particulars of the offence against the complainant and Nelly Chungu Mwila,” the ruling read.

TIMES OF ZAMBIA

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