Yes, don’t blackmail Zambia, FJT tells donors too

Chiluba (Waving)

Former  president Frederick Chiluba says he fully supports President Rupiah Banda’s statement that cooperating partners should not blackmail government as a way of resolving challenges.

Dr Chiluba said cooperating partners should not take the country for granted because they were providing support to various sectors of the economy.
He said cooperating partners should respect the country’s sovereignty and not hold it to ransom.
The former president said Zambia never applied for support from donors but they have been bringing back what was gotten from the country.
Dr Chiluba was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Kitwe on Sunday on the sidelines of the 50th birthday celebrations of Dr Bernard Nwaka at Global Living Water Ministeries International Church where he was invited to grace the occasion.
He said even the conditions attached to the aid was not necessary compared to what the colonial regime got from the country which was more than what they are giving back as aid.
He said the opposition leaders who were criticising President Banda on the matter were doing so because they were ignorant of what they were saying and have not been to State House.
He warned people to watch out for such leaders critiquing the President if they got to power because donors did not vote for Government but the people of Zambia did.
Dr Chiluba was commenting on recent criticism by some opposition leaders over President Banda’s reaction to some cooperating partners’ interference into the country’s internal matters.
Last week, upon arrival from Namibia where he had gone on an official State visit, President Banda said cooperating partners should not blackmail government as a way of resolving challenges that the country was facing in various sectors of the economy.
And speaking during celebrations, Dr Nwaka said people especially christians need to stand with Dr Chiluba because of what he went through when he declared Zambia as a Christian nation.
The clergy said Dr Chiluba should be respected very much and look at hiom as a father of the nation for the good that he did when he was president.
He cited the home ownership policy that he implemented during his tenure of office saying it was unfortunate that many people have forgotten soon and failed to appreciate Dr Chiluba.
Dr Nwaka said what the former president went through after his presidency was a spiritual battle which God has seen him through.

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