Monday, March 17, 2008
By Maluba Jere
Monday March 17, 2008 [03:00]
Former president Fredrick Chiluba yesterday said he felt very offended by Dr Kenneth Kaunda's statement that linked him to former Zambia National Service (ZNS) commander Lieutenant General Wilford Funjika's corruption charges. Speaking through his spokesperson, Emmanuel Mwamba, from South Africa where he is undergoing medical review, Chiluba said Dr Kaunda's attacks on him were without provocation and cause.
He said he found as very offensive Dr Kaunda's statement that former Zambia National Service commandant Lt Gen Wilford Funjika's jail sentence confirmed his corrupt mind.
Chiluba said it was regrettable that Dr Kaunda was always promoting negative verbal exchanges about him in the newspapers.
"It does not please my heart that I should be responding to Dr Kaunda's attacks every time," Chiluba said. "But Dr Kaunda always forces us to respond to most of the unwarranted attacks. I don't understand why he takes every opportunity to attack me without provocation and without cause."
Chiluba regretted that his relationship with Dr Kaunda was not good.
Dr Kaunda last week said Lt Gen Funjika's jail sentence confirmed Chiluba's corrupt mind. He said he felt sorry for the former service chiefs who were currently being prosecuted for having been polluted with Chiluba's corrupt mind.
And asked to comment on Task Force chairman Maxwell Nkole's statement that his claim that he bought Kaweche Kaunda a house in South Africa was unfounded, Chiluba said he was currently studying the matter and would only issue a statement after his return from South Africa.
"At the moment, I am preoccupied with my medical program which is going on well and so I will only respond when I return," said Chiluba. "I am, however, studying the matter on the Task Force and if it requires any merit then I will respond accordingly."
And Mwamba said Chiluba had undergone thorough medical tests and that doctors continued to make evaluations on his state of health.