CHIEF Government spokesperson, Chishimba Kambwili says some opposition political parties are working with the Post Newspaper to maliciously discredit President Edgar Lungu and the Government.
Mr Kambwili has lashed out at what he calls ‘loose cannons’ whom he accused of being used by Rainbow Party president Wynter Kabimba to damage the image of President Lungu, the Government and the Patriotic Front (PF).
Mr Kambwili, who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, said Mr Kabimba allegedly failed to articulate Government policies when he was a minister.
He said that it was disheartening that Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) president Charles Milupi, Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi, 4th Revolution party leader Eric Chanda and the United Party for National Development (UPND) were being used by Mr Kabimba to build the image of the Rainbow Party at the expense of their own parties.
He said the people that were being used by Mr Kabimba and Post Newspaper editor-in-chief Fred M’membe were the same people whom the Post had abused not long ago.
Mr Kambwili said Government was aware of Mr Kabimba and Mr M’membe’s maneuvers to attack Mr Lungu’s Government and damage its reputation to raise the image of the Rainbow Party.
Mr Kambwili, however, said the same maneuvers would not work.
Government was aware that Mr Kabimba and Mr M’membe were meeting with some PF Members of Parliament (MPs) to work against it but the good thing was that those MPs were not a factor in PF and could be donated to the Rainbow Party.
He accused Mr Kabimba of positioning himself for Presidency long before President Michael Sata died alleging that Mr Kabimba became bitter when he lost the bid to contest the Presidency on the PF ticket.
Mr Kambwili challenged Mr Kabimba to tell the nation where he was during the funeral and burial of Mr Sata.
“Did you see Wynter Kabimba at the funeral or burial of Mr Sata? He should tell us where he was and how he was fired as secretary general of the PF,” Mr Kambwili said.
He said that Mr M’membe was bitter that Mr Lungu had told him to pay back the tax which his newspaper owed the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) as well as the loan which was owed to the Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ).
On the calls by Mr Milupi to impeach Mr Lungu because of revising the mine tax regime, Mr Kambwili said Mr Milupi should be sober and also be ashamed of himself for changing goal posts because he was supporting Mr Lungu recently.
Mr Kambwili said he did not fear Mr Kabimba and is on record to have told him off several times even when Mr Sata was alive.
On the dropping of the Kwacha against the dollar, Mr Kambwili wondered why people were heaping the blame on Mr Lungu when the dollar had gained against other currencies in countries where Mr Lungu was not the President.