Sunday, July 08, 2007
By Brighton Phiri
Sunday July 08, 2007 [04:00]
FORMER president Frederick Chiluba has said that President Levy Mwanawasa would face more cases than him after his tenure of office. And Chiluba said the British government hates him because he refused to give them the mines.
Addressing scores supporters led by Kasama Central Patriotic Front member of parliament Saviour Chishimba on June 27, 2007 to express their solidarity with him over the corruption cases against him, Chiluba explained that he refused to appear before the London High Court and appealed against its judgment because it was not the right court to determine whether he had stolen from the Zambian people or not.
"I was told to appear and stand before the colonial court. I refused because we have our own courts of law in Zambia. We have our own judges. If I stole, they are there to determine," Chiluba said amid jubilation among his supporters. "Now we hear people like Sikatana telling us that he knows where the money is, it is in Bahamas. Now let me tell you, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Fraud Department of England searched everywhere, they even went to the extent of searching the toilet, but they found nothing."
Chiluba said as far as President Mwanawasa and former British prime minister Tony Blair were concerned, he should not have owned any house. He wondered why President Mwanawasa and Blair did not want him to own a house when all those that came into government with torn shoes owned large farms.
"Some of them, you could see wearing a jacket as if they were about to fly," he said.
Chiluba boasted that he had a rich background of being smart. He wondered whether he was blessed when the doctors advised him to stop eating cabbage after he was attacked with an illness that affected his blood.
"I don't know whether they found something in it," said Chiluba amid jubilation.
Chiluba reminded Zambians that the Whites enjoyed playing double standard games.
He named Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as one of Africa's strongest leaders whom the imperialists had failed to break.
"This is the man the British government wants to go to Hague to answer charges because they are accusing him of killing the opposition. Now my fellow Africans, why should we allow ourselves to be tried in European courts? Why have the same whites failed to demand Ian Smith to go to Hague for slaughtering our people? No, because they are the same whites," he said.
Chiluba wondered why the London High Court ordered him to pay back US $57 million when it failed to trace the money in any of the banks.
"If I happened to have cases, then Mr Mwanawasa has several of them. They went everywhere and in all the banks, they even went to the extent of getting a small amount of money, US $10, 000 which I gave my child for school fees in Geneva," Chiluba said. "I said, ‘you dogs, is this the money you can question the president about because a farmer can raise that kind of money in one year?’ What type of crime have I committed which makes me fail to sleep?"
And Chishimba reminded Zambians that God listened to their prayers in 1991 when he gave them Chiluba as the Moses of Zambia. He said things began to turn soar when President Mwanawasa attempted to remove the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation.