FORMER Konkola Copper Mines provisional liquidator Milingo Lungu’s lawyer Makebi Zulu says he cannot comment on President Hakainde Hichilema’s declaration that he never gave immunity to anyone because they are waiting for government to file their response in court.
In an interview, Zulu said he would only respond to what government would file in court.
“Well, we have filed [the] process in court, so they should file in court, the answer is that they should file in court. I can’t make any comment further than that. For us we are just waiting for their response, that’s it. I can’t comment further than that. We will respond to whatever they will put in court,” he said.
And when asked to comment on Kabushi PF member of parliament Bowman Lusambo’s case, Zulu said he could not comment because he had been given instructions which he needed to undertake this week.
“For now, I can’t talk because I have instructions as regards those issues, so I will not comment for now. I can’t give a general comment on matters that I have instructions on, next [this] week you will see some traction as regards to all the things you have talked about,” said Zulu.
Lungu recently filed a petition in the Constitutional Court in which he disclosed that he entered into a bargain with the State to resign as KCM provisional liquidator and to participate in an audit to reconcile his remuneration fees, in exchange for payment of outstanding fees, dropping of criminal charges and immunity against prosecution.
He revealed that the various state agents involved in the bargain, led by Principal Private Secretary to the President Bradford Machila, were Attorney General Mulilo Kabesha SC, Solicitor General Marshal Muchende SC, Director of Public Prosecutions Lillian Fulata Siyunyi SC, Special Assistant to the President for Legal Affairs Christopher Mundia and Administrator General and Official Receiver Natasha Kalimukwa.
Lungu further disclosed that the Solicitor General informed a meeting called by him (Muchende) on March 14, that he together with Machila had been tasked by the President to deal with the subject matter of his resignation from KCM, adding that in the said meeting, an agreement was reached as regards how he was to exit from his said position.
But in a Facebook post, Thursday evening, President Hichilema said he had never met anyone or given anyone immunity against prosecution.
“Fellow citizens, we now use this opportunity to categorically state that we have never met or given anyone immunity against prosecution. We are aware that this country had gotten used to backdoor way of running public affairs but not anymore. In the same vein, we wish to announce that on Monday 25th April, 2022, we will address the nation through the press and tackle most of the issues that you may have. We are here to serve you and not the other way round. This is the reason we are making a date with you, our citizens. We have said this before, talk to us and [do] not shout at us because we have to all get involved and get it solved as we only have One Zambia, One Nation,” said President Hichilema.