“Fred M’membe should stop using my name to sell his foolish newspaper,’’ Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has charged.
Mr Kambwili said this in reaction to a story carried by the Post yesterday alleging that he had told a PF committee meeting that PF risked losing the 2016 election by promising to give marketeers loans when the Government had no money. Mr Kambwili refuted the Post’s claims that Government had failed to pay marketeers, adding that he had no idea where the Post newspaper got that statement because Government has the money in the Presidential Empowerment Fund to pay the marketeers.
‘’The story in the Post claiming that Government has no money to pay marketers is misleading, unreasonable and has no basis; I am reminding Mmembe to grow up and stop misleading the nation,’’ Mr Kambwili has said.
He said it was disheartening that one could ‘‘just concoct a story and start writing from the blues’’.
Mr Kambwili charged that Mr M’membe should disclose the source of that alarming information other than saying ‘‘according to a source from (PF) central committee’’.
He added that the story was a fabrication, ‘‘hence an excellent lie’’ which could not be received as a shock because he (Mr Kambwili) was used to Mr Mmembe’s lies, and that his paper ‘‘is based on nothing but lies which misleads the nation from his own angle’’.
The minister said he had told Mr M’membe several times that he had ‘‘no skeletons to hide in any cupboard’’ as he had been a very straight forward person both in his private and political life.
Mr Kambwili said he was not scared of Mr M’membe and was prepared ‘‘to take him on’’.
Mr Kambwili said it was unfortunate that Mr M’membe thought he could change people’s minds by making them vote for the party of his choice, adding that the opposition UPND was cheating itself by thinking that reading the Post and its misleading statements on online media could win them an election.
Mr Kambwili said it was imp