“THE unhappy are egotistical, base, unjust, cruel, and even less capable of understanding one another than are idiots.
Unhappiness does not unite people, but separates them.” –
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Fred M’membe and Mutembo Nchito must explain themselves to the nation.
For seven years a document that cleared former Chief Justice Mathew Ngulube of wrongdoing in the manner in which money from the Zamtrop account was used to pay for school fees for his children in the UK by late President Frederick Chiluba lay in the vaults of the Director of Public Prosecutions offices.
Seven years later the DPP Mutembo Nchito is on record suggesting that Judge Ngulube resigned in disgrace because of corruption.
What corruption, when the document signed by very senior officials clearly indicates that after investigation two facts emerged. Firstly; that the amount involved was not the proverbial US$168,000 parroted by Fred M’membe in the Post newspaper but US$17,000 that was paid directly for school fees towards Justice Ngulube’s children studying in the UK.
There is no doubt that M’membe and Nchito were privy to the agreement which clearly states that Justice Ngulube did not accept any culpability and indeed the Government acknowledged after investigation that the amount was not the huge US$168,000 but US$17,000 paid directly to schools and that indeed he would not have known the source of funds as being from the Zamtrop account.
Most importantly there was a clear understanding that the money was not in payment for any favour or act.
It is therefore surprising that in spite of this agreement Mutembo Nchito and Fred M’membe have continued to disparage Justice Ngulube, suggesting that he stepped down from office as a result of corruption.
What is the motivation?
Surely it cannot be for the better cause of setting the record straight but for perpetuating an impression that the former Chief Justice was liable and therefore not suited to serve on the Tribunal appointed to investigate Mutembo Nchito.
This is yet another case of hypocrisy. Zambia Airways obtained more than US$50,000 in foreign currency and much more in briefcases from the Zamtrop account. In addition the Auditor General still has unresolved issues concerning the manner in which funds reposed in the Task Force against Corruption were disbursed.
Among the queries were the payments to MNB- owned then by Mutembio Nchito and his brother Nchima.
Clearly these are matters that will be investigated further.