apologising to Chief Moonze of Tonga Speaking people in
Southern ProvinceFORMER Minister of Information and
Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili says “evil spirits”
drove him into uttering tribal remarks against the people of
Southern Province last year.
During the run-up to last year’s general elections, Mr Kambwili
said the people of Southern Province could not even vote for
Jesus if He contested the polls in the region. The remark
angered the southerners.
Mr Kambwili had also made similar accusations of southerners,
including the United Party for National Development (UPND)
president Hakainde Hichilema as being tribalists.
But speaking on Wednesday when he called on Chief Monze, Mr
Kambwili said he uttered the remarks because he was allegedly
‘demon possessed’ while he was in the Patriotic Front (PF).
“I am sorry for my remarks. I didn’t know that you are loving
people. Please forgive me and take me as your son,” he said.
The PF central committee expelled Mr Kambwili and former
Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge on July 22 this year for
alleged gross misconduct and bringing the name of the party
Following Mr Kambwili’s expulsion, the PF wrote to Speaker of
the National Assembly Patrick Matibini asking him to declare
the seat vacant, but the ruling party was advised that the
matter had been taken to court.
In January, Mr Kambwili was given a seven-day ultimatum by the
PF to exculpate himself for alleged failure to adhere to party
rules and regulations.