You will die in prison, Roan PF member of parliament and National Democratic Congress consultant Chishimba Kambwili has told President Edgar Lungu. And Kambwili has accused President Lungu of signing the Stag deal because from the same loan, he wanted Zesco to pay his daughter, Tasila, for the transformer oil she supplied to the power utility.
According to the latest release of Africa Confidential report, President Lungu signed a US$500 million loan to finance Zesco projects. But Kambwili said the deal was filled with corruption that could not be ignored.
“My heart bleeds and sometimes I say, ‘cursed is the day that I decided to join PF and thought to remove MMD because had I known that we are removing MMD to bring the worst character like Lungu, I could have not joined PF’. This man is a disaster! My brother, I am telling you, ukafwila ku cifungo (You will die in prison),” he told President Lungu.
“Under Edgar Lungu, when I wake up, I feel like I am dreaming. From the Kaunda days our constitution is very clear that when Parliament is dissolved the President remains in office for administrative purposes. In essence his term of office also ends when Parliament is dissolved but to avoid a vacuum you leave the President so that certain emergencies can be attended to; and I mean emergencies. There has never been a time when the President has acted as Minister of Finance during that period.”
Kambwili said he was surprised that presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda could tell the world that President Lungu signed the Stag deal because he was acting as finance minister.
“What a joke! What stupidity! What foolishness! What liars can do!” he exclaimed.
“When Parliament is dissolved, the people that run government are permanent secretaries, and there is no way the President can act as Minister of Finance.”
And Kambwili challenged President Lungu to state the actual reasons he signed that Stag loan.
“There is an allegation which we want him to clear that when he signed that Stag deal, his daughter (Tasila) was being owed a lot of money by Zesco through the supply of transformer oil,” Kambwili charged.
“And when they were chasing for that money, Zesco said ‘sir, we can only pay her once we get this deal from Stag’, and he went and signed. This is a big scandal. What more do you people of Zambia want to impeach this man, to remove this man who is a disaster from State House; who can go and sign a loan facility on a government guarantee as Minister of Finance for his daughter to get paid by Zesco?”
Meanwhile, Kambwili warned chiefs to stop defending President Lungu over his personal matters. He said President Lungu was capable of responding, either by himself or through any of his close relatives.
“What is happening now is degrading the value of chiefs. And the few chiefs that have done that, you owe Zambians an apology. This man is stealing from you day and night; he is becoming so rich. Today we have seen on the Internet of those trucks that belong to him, we need answers from him not from a chief that those who are talking about Lungu’s trucks must keep quiet. Are you Lungu’s spokesperson?” Kambwili asked.
“Lungu takwata banyina na bawishi, na bankashi shakwe nabamunyina nomwine (Doesn’t Lungu have a mother and father, his sister and brothers, and himself?) Some things are not official for people from government to comment on. It’s supposed to be Lungu himself to answer those questions.”
He lamented the amount of damage the current government had caused to the nation.
“I feel sad; my heart bleeds. I feel like crying every day I wake up and say, ‘is this the PF that we started?” complained Kambwili.
“Is this the PF that we started so that some man from Chawama, whom everybody knows was just a drunkard should come and destroy the whole effort? The effort we put in from 2001 to 2011 can be destroyed by one drunkard; one drunkard from Chawama and all of you Zambians are watching!”