IN A surprising twist, Citizens First party leader Harry Kalaba has revealed new details surrounding the day he was captured under claims of attempting to acquire a gold-plated ‘iPhone 15’.
Mr Kalaba now asserts that on that fateful day, he had actually been led to believe he was meeting a pastor.
The opposition leader has since boldly proclaimed that the encounter with Zimbabwean Journalist Simba Chikanza was not a mere coincidence ,but a calculated move by state actors to tarnish his reputation.
He accused President Hakainde Hichilema of harboring a deep-seated fear of his prowess as a political adversary, a fear stemming from his notable third-place finish in the fiercely contested 2021 General Elections.
Recently, Mr Kalaba was captured on social media in one of the phone shops in Lusaka with Zimbabwean Journalist, Mr Chikanza.
Mr Kalaba and Mr Chikanza were in light moments, until Mr Chikanza started to accuse Mr Kalaba of being part of a gold mafia scandal along with Ubert Angel.
Mr Chikanza went on to allege that because of the USD$240 million funding in the gold scandal, in which Mr Kalaba used the Zambian symbol to interfer with investigations surrounding the gold scandal in Zimbabwe, many Zimbabweans suffered.
However, speaking at a media briefing, Mr Kalaba said it is Government who needs to give an explanation surrounding the matter.
He claimed that the Government Chief spokesperson, Chushi Kasanda in her response told him that he owes Zambian’s an explanation as to why he was found with a Zimbabwean Journalist.
“I was interviewed and I did explain to say look, this State operation was orchestrated in such a way that they had to lure me using the tag of a pastor. They said it was a pastor I was going to meet. Nobody told me that there was gold there. And when they say Kalaba is involved in gold, is this how a thief looks? You must follow the track record of your leader called Harry Kalaba. From the time that I came out number three, I have been attacked left, right and centre,” he claimed.
Mr Kalaba accused President Hichilema of being the one who hired Zimbabwean Journalist Mr Chikanza because he thanked him in the video.
“Here is someone fighting so hard. “Finshi baletina bamudala” (What is he scared of). “Ninshi ama jealous pamwaiche” (Why is he jealous of a youngster?” Kalaba bragged.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 30th August, 2023)
PF Secretary General Nakachinda involved in a road traffic accident
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Raphael Nakachinda has been involved in Road Traffic Accident after the vehicle he was driving was hit into by a locomotive.
This happened when Mr Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred today around midnight along the Great North Road at Shikoswe railway crossing.
“Involved was Raphael Mangani Nakachinda aged 45 of house number 1794 Inkanga area of Kafue District who was driving an Isuzu registration number BAH 8695 from North to South who sustained bruised left πarm ,bruised back of the neck , bruised left ear and painful left leg, whilst the vehicle incurred a shattered front windscreen, extensively damaged right side body, rear passenger’s door and both rear lights,” he said.
He said also involved was Vincent Mabinda aged 45 of unknown house number a driver of a Goods Train from west to east direction which had no damages.
“The accident happened when Mr. Raphael Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into by an on-coming Locomotive which had the right of way,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said the accused has since been charged for the offence of Careless driving and his vehicle impounded at the Police station.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
I am ready to risk my life to save the PF, says Edgar Lungu
“I AM ready for anything, including risking my own life to save the Patriotic Front (PF),” Former republican President Edgar Lungu has said.
Mr Lungu says victory is certain and that the machinations by the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) in form of ‘Imingalato’ will not stop him.
He has also noted that he is aware that the next move by the UPND is to lift his immunity, but he is ready and not worried about the outcome.
Speaking when he addressed the media on a number or issues, he said that he did not intend to get back into active politics, but he did so to ensure that PF lives on.
He noted that this was from the backdrop of the machinations from Government to steal, kill and destroy the PF in order to continue their stay in power.
“The machinations became more when those in power wanted to state a coup in PF using their stooges. They were illegally endorsed by police, followed by the National Assembly to swot democracy. This becoming more vivid when the victim who in this case is the PF is treated as a villian and a state sponsored sect is being given protection by the law,” he said.
Mr Lungu claimed that unfortunately, for those in power, it is not possible to submerge the PF in an attempt of using ‘Imingalato.’
“In this regard, I made a call to all opposition s as to defend Zambia’s hard earned democracy. I called for unity of purpose and today I am humbled for the unanimous response. Victory is certain, we shall certainly defeat those scheming against democracy,” he said.
He further claimed that he came back into politics to save the PF from being stolen of killed by the government.
“I am aware the next move is to lift my immunity from prosection. This does not worry me. It is another ploy to divert people from their failure, ” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
‘Imbwili’ jailed for hate speech
OPPOSITION Patriotic Front (PF) member of the Central Committee and former Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has been handed a five-month prison sentence for hate speech by Kasama Magistrate’s Court.
In this case, Kambwili, 54, of house number 9, Wisteria Avenue, Luanshya was charged with the offence of expressing hatred and ridicule of the persons based on tribe and place of origin.
Kasama Resident Magistrate Samson Mumba found Kambwili after the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.
And in mitigation, Kambwili who spoke through his lawyer told court that he was a first offender, a family man and a person who previously served the nation as a cabinet minister.
He also urged the court to take into consideration his health.
In sentencing Kambwili, Magistrate Mumba said he took into account the mitigation.
He however said he sentenced Kambwili to five months imprisonment to deter would be offenders.
Meanwhile, after judgement was passed, Kambwili’s lawyer Kaizara Tembo told journalists his client will appeal against the verdict.
“Currently we are making efforts to lodge in an application for bail pending appeal,” he said.
Kambwili has since been transported to Milima Correctional Facility in Kasama.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)