DEFUNCT Zambian Airways, the airline that was owned by embattled Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito and Post Newspaper owner Fred M’membe was one of the beneficiaries from the Zambia Security Intelligence Service (ZSIS) Zamtrop account when it received a payment of US$50 000 for unknown services, it has been revealed.
The airline, it has been revealed received US$50 000 through Access Financial Services allegedly at the instructions of then ZSIS director general Xavier Chungu and civil rights activist Brebner Changala has now demanded an explanation as to what services Zambian Airways could have provided to the country’s intelligence system to deserve such a payment.
Mr Changala has charged that Mr Nchito, along with his allies at the Post Newspapers should stop scandalising; maligning and discrediting the persona and credentials of former Chief Justice Mathew Ngulube over the money he received from former president Frederick Chiluba but should explain why Zambian Airways was a beneficiary of the Zamtrop account funds.
Mr Changala told the Daily Nation that it was on record that Zambian Airways along with high profile personalities such as former Auditor General Fred Siame, James Mtonga, Katele Kalumba, Kaweche Kaunda, son of first Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda and late Mama Betty Kaunda were some of the other recipients of the funds from the Zamtrop account.
He said there had been a scheme by the notorious cartel to selectively and brazenly scandalise citizens who were friends of the State because they were perceived to have been obstacles to the goals of the clique.
Mr Changala said he was fully aware that there was an organised syndicate to make Zambia ungovernable by diluting and discrediting the powers of all State institutions and its personnel through blackmail, slander and spite.
“Whereas it is a known fact that the former Chief Justice Mathew Ngulube received money from former president Frederick Chiluba at his own discretion and whose intention and motive has never been disclosed, the former Chief Justice has never been charged or prosecuted over the money he received.
“At the time, the Post Newspaper went to town and maligned, discredited and scandalised Justice Ngulube and he honourably left the judiciary to allow investigative wings and the State to have the final say on his financial dealings with Dr Chiluba,” Mr Changala said.
Mr Changala said some media houses were deliberately misleading Zambians over the Zamtrop beneficiaries because they were peddling an anti-government agenda to incite Zambians so that they could rise against President Edgar Lungu and his administration.
He said the members of the cartel had always preached respect for the rule of law and often encouraged accused citizens at all levels not to fear the court processes as that was the opportunity to clear their names but were now against the same process they claimed to have respect for.
He said time had come for the cartel to have a taste of their own medicine and the man they were protecting an opportunity to clear his name.
Mr Changala appealed to the self-appointed kingmakers to restrain themselves from scandalising and demonising respected and dignified citizens who were persecuted at the height of political retribution masquerading as the fight against corruption.
He said the nation had been unduly polarised by the Zamtrop episode and that time for healing and moving on for development and prosperity had dawned because a fresh start towards reconciliation has to be given an opporrtunity.