EPHRAIM Shakafuswa, the man who is at the centre of the leaked voice recording of Patriotic Front (PF) media and publicity committee member Brian Hapunda, has exonerated him claiming that the voice in the recording that has gone viral was in fact not that of Mr Hapunda.
Mr. Shakafuswa, who is young brother to UPND Katuba constituency Member of Parliament Jonas Shakafuswa, said he did not have a telephone interview with Mr Hapunda and therefore the voice recording that was circulating on social media was certainly not that of Mr Hapunda.
He revealed that his life was now in danger after his phone conversation recordings were leaked and now had gone viral on Zambian social media, explaining that he set his mobile phone to record all phone-calls for his own safety.
“I have set my mobile phone in such a way that, when I make or receive a call, all my conversations are recorded. I have done this for my own safety and not for malicious intentions,” Mr. Shakafuswa said.
“The person in the last conversation that people think is Brian Hapunda is actually not Brian but another person called James,” said Mr. Shakafuswa who did not give more details about the man.
Mr Shakafuswa further claimed that he was monitored because they believed he was receiving a lot of information.
“On the latest leak, it points to the people implicated in the conversation with James but with the exception of Mr Davis Chama as he has no level access to intelligence reports.
‘’If you remember I am on record of publicly asking for the firing of the Commissioner of Police at State House over President Lungu’s incident at Heroes Stadium which was avoidable if proper VIP protection routines were followed. This is what has landed OP on my back,” Mr Shakafuswa said.
The first recording that leaked early this year was a telephone conversation between Mr. Shakafuswa and expelled Patriotic Front (PF) Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, popularly known as GBM, who is now the vice president of the UPND.
The second leaked recording was a conversation he had months ago with UPND president Hakainde Hichilema in which he (Shakafuswa) was proposing party strategies to the opposition leader on how they could mobilise and seek sympathy from members of the public ahead of the 2016 general elections.
The Zambian Eye reports that Mr. Shakafuswa said that he has been recording these conversations with good intentions but lamented how unfortunate it was that his enemies in the UPND have leaked the conversations to the public with a view of tarnishing his image.
“I have even told my nephew that in case anything happens to me, he should get my phone audio and he will know who I talked with and what happened. I am a businessman, you know,” Mr. Shakafuswa explained.