I cannot be spending all my time at the police, Kambwili complains

Police in Ndola have warned and cautioned Roan rebel PF member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili, regarding a matter in which he is accused of threatening violence on some Chinese mine owners on the Copperbelt.

But Kambwili has denied ever threatening any Chinese national, saying he merely asked the mining companies to recall the workers who had been unfairly laid off.

And Kambwili complained over the ‘endless’ summons from the police.

Yesterday, the former Minister of Information vowed not to obey the call out, saying the Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga had summoned him over stupid issues. He added, in the recording published on www.diggers.news under audio category, that: “Tell Katanga, if she is confused, nshili mwaume wakunyelako amasushi ine”.

But the lawmaker availed himself to the police, saying his lawyers advised him to; and further told journalists after he was interrogated that the warn and caution was in relation to a matter where he allegedly issued threatening remarks against some Chinese in Luanshya.

“We were called for interrogations and police have recorded a warn and caution statement claiming that I threatened the Chinese in Luanshya; [where I asked them] to do the right thing by recalling back the miners who were put on recess. They are claiming that I was proposing violence against the Chinese nationals. But this is very funny because we have a government (and) what we expect from this government is just to do the right thing in Luanshya,” Kambwili said.

“The right thing is that they call all the 1,600 workers that were put on recess. This idea of wanting to intimidate me for the sake of speaking for the miners, I will not be intimidated. I am prepared to be arrested, prepared to be sent to prison, as long as the miners don’t get what is entitled to them.”

He warned Copperbelt minister Bowman Lusambo, Luanshya Mayor Nathan Chanda and the District commissioner for Luanshya Joel Chibuye against fighting him.

“And I want to warn the Copperbelt minister Bowman Lusambo, Mayor Chanda and DC Chibuye that this war they have started with me for speaking for the miners, we will see it to the bitter end. Mind you they must not forget that they are in those offices because of the miners. So if they can have the guts of saying ‘Kambwili is proposing violence; that he want to beat up the miners’, let Chanda, Chibuye and Bowman continue on this trajectory,” he warned.

Asked why he had rescinded his vow not to appear for questioning, Kambwili said although it was frustrating to be at the police ‘everyday’ his lawyers advised him to do so.

“I can not be going to the police everyday, even you people are surprised that everyday I go to the police. But I can assure you that I can take on the police and the government both, I can take them on. Am ready for them. This is now intimidation on me, but I want to assure the miners in Luanshya that I will be there for them,” said Kambwili.

“These are the people that on their vote am in Parliament today and privileged to be in parliament. Am ready to die for the sake of miners in Luanshya. What I am asking this government is simple, go to Luanshya and get the Chinese to give the jobs back to the people, because you (President Lungu) also those miners added to the votes so that you can be President today and everyone of you to be ministers.”

         

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