Friday, January 02, 2009
Written by Mwala Kalaluka
Friday, January 02, 2009 2:56:10 PM
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) president Michael Sata has asked former president Frederick Chiluba to shut up. Commenting on Chiluba's assertions that those calling him names would be crushed because he is anointed by God, Sata said God does not anoint people that cheat.Sata likened Chiluba's behaviour to the criminal who mocked Jesus Christ at his crucifixion on Calvary.
“What my brother is saying, there is no difference at all with that criminal who was crucified with Jesus on the cross.
You remember when Jesus was being crucified, there were two criminals and one of them was mocking Jesus and said, 'help yourself and help us if you are the Son of God’,” Sata said. “People who are anointed by God do not know that they have been anointed. God does not anoint people who disgrace Him; people who use the word of God in vain or people who use the word of God for their own personal benefit.”
Sata said instead of using the Church to offend more people, Chiluba should use the house of the Lord to repent for his wasted 10 years in power.
“I advise him to keep quiet,” Sata said. “This is the time for reckoning and the more he wants to quarrel with everybody, it will not help. He has already quarrelled with so many people. He should not use the house of the Lord to offend more people because it will not help; people are wounded because of what he did to the poor people.”
Sata said God does not condone people that use His house in vain. He also urged Zambians to fully understand the motive behind the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation.
“He [Chiluba] was declaring Zambia as a Christian nation in furtherance of his newly acquired faith; born again,” Sata said.
“If he wants to be a Christian, he should not cheat like he wanted to cheat about me in Luapula and Northern provinces recently. If he wants to be like a Christian, he should behave like a Christian.”
Sata said the problems that had beset Zambia's mining sector would not have been there if the corruption that characterised the privatisation of state-owned industries during the Chiluba-era did not occur.
“These are the things which are making us suffer now. We are paying for the crime we committed seven years ago. This is the sin we are paying for,” he said. “He (Chiluba) should try and refer to his 10 years of rule and see, because he lost a golden opportunity.”
Sata said it would be folly for Chiluba to wish for people to be crushed.
He said on several occasions, whilst serving in Chiluba's government and since 2001 to date, Chiluba had always tried to crush him but failed.
“I survived in his government because of my performance,” Sata said. “He knew that without me, his government would not survive and instead of crushing me, he crushed himself; it is him who is in court. This time he wanted to crush me because he took all the MPs from Luapula, minus (Samuel) Chitonge, some MPs from Northern Province. But he was disgraced wherever he went to campaign for Rupiah Banda, whom he knew nothing about.”
Sata said Chiluba should not pray for people to be crushed because he failed to provide the people of Kaputa, Chiengi and Nchelenge with a tarred road during his 10-year rule.
Addressing Christians on Monday, Chiluba said those insulting him and calling him names would be crushed because he was anointed by God.
“…I do not care because I stand on a rock which can never break and it falls on you, it will crush you and I will be watching you getting crushed,” said Chiluba.