NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili has asked President Edgar Lungu to forgive him if he has wronged him by accusing him of things he has not done, apart from theft, which he he says is a provable fact.
Meanwhile, Kambwili has also apologized to Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe for calling him a witch doctor in Parliament on Tuesday evening, saying the remark was meant to be a light moment in the House.
Kambwili was speaking at a press briefing held at his house yesterday.
“Let me be the first one to say that, to you, my brother President Edgar Lungu, if I have wronged you in anyway, today is National Day of Prayer and Reconciliation, I ask for forgiveness. If I have wronged you President Edgar Lungu, forgive me. If I have wronged you, president HH, president Mulongoti, forgive me. And I want also to ask all those I have wronged in one way or the other, that let this day reflect as a genuine day of reconciliation and repentance. I would not go before God to ask for repentance if I do not ask for forgiveness from all the people that I have wronged,” Kambwili said.
Asked if by asking for forgiveness from President Lungu he was also reversing the theft accusations against the Head of State, Kambwili insisted that he wasn’t withdrawing those sentiments because they were facts.
“No, no, no! A thief will always be a thief! If President Lungu has been stealing like he has been stealing, I don’t withdraw those sentiments and I have no apologies to make. I mean that, if I have hurt him in anyway where he has maybe not done something wrong and I accused him of something he has not done; if I have wronged him in anyway, which, maybe, led to my expulsion from PF, because I don’t know what I wronged him for him to expel me from PF, if I had wronged him, I’m asking for forgiveness. But for stealing, I’m very sure he steals and I have facts, for that I’m not apologizing,” Kambwili replied.
“And let me also appeal to my brother, Honourable Sikazwe, who almost turned into a boxer two days ago when I, as some kind of light moment, I said he was supposed to be a witchdoctor in some village, he got very upset! To you, my brother also, I say from deep down my heart that I’m extremely sorry if I hurt you. I did not mean any malice or impunity. My words were just meant for a light moment in Parliament. And I also appeal to the other leaders also to ask for forgiveness to all the people that they have wronged.”