LUSAKA Province PF secretary Kennedy Kamba says he is one of the people that organized cadres to offer solidarity to Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya because it is an insult to accuse him of corruption for owning a speed boat.
Last week, corruption-charged Dr Chilufya failed to take plea in a case where he is alleged to be in possession of properties suspected to be proceeds of crime due to confusion caused by a horde of PF cadres.
In an interview, Kamba charged that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of working with the opposition to weaken the presidency.
“Yes, I was one of the people that organized cadres at court. And what we are saying that we wanted to offer solidarity to the President and the Health Minister because all in all, these opposition parties are labelling our leaders with cases which cannot be proved. We are going to support Chilufya because we feel that those charges against him they are being fabricated. The Anti-Corruption Commission is being used by the opposition to weaken the presidency so this is why we strongly feel that we need to give support to the ministers and the President. Up to now, Chishimba Kambwili has not been convicted by the same courts of law, they haven’t proved that he is corrupt. It is the same ACC who made the President fire him on the same allegations,” Kamba said.
“How many ministers are we going to remain with in Cabinet? And if you have taken note, the only ministers that they are pointing of being corrupt are ministers who hail from Northern Province and Muchinga why? Because they strongly feel that those are the strongholds of the PF. It is not only people who were at the court that belonged to the PF, no. Some of them came for other court cases. There were also cadres from the National Democratic Congress because Kambwili was appearing in court. The Chiefs also came to offer solidarity to their son. Chilufya started business way back. Today somebody should be sent to court over a speed boat? What kind of an insult is that?”
Kamba, however, said he would instruct party structures to let the court do their work when Dr Chilufya appears again on July 16.
“When he appears on 16th July, we are going to issue instructions to party leaders that we should not disturb the court proceeding at court. We are going to allow the court to do their job and to make sure that the case is disposed off quickly,” said Kamba.