Now M’membe takes his bitterness and hatred to President Zuma

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Fred M’membe, the owner of the Post newspaper and leader of the cartel holding president Michael Sata hostage has written the following comments in what he calls editoril:

Rupiah and the diplomats
By Editor
Fri 29 Mar. 2013, 14:01 CAT   [282 Reads, 0 Comment(s)]

What happened yesterday at the South African High Commission in Lusaka raises a
lot of questions.
Staff of the High Commission were asked to leave the
premises before 10:00 hours. And by 09:45 hours, all members of staff of the
High Commission who had been asked to leave had left. All this was in
preparation for Rupiah Banda’s visit to the High Commission. Indeed, around
10:00 hours Rupiah appeared at the High Commission in a Toyota Land Cruiser that
was heavily tinted and its number plate removed.
Acting on a tip from members
of staff of the embassy, we positioned our journalists at the High Commission in
time for Rupiah’s arrival. Our staff saw Rupiah in his heavily tinted Toyota
Land Cruiser. And they recognised this Toyota Land Cruiser as one of the
vehicles that is usually in his convoy. There was no mistake about Rupiah’s
identity. Even the guard who appears in our front page picture saluting
confirmed that the person he was saluting was Rupiah. This said, the question
that arises is why did Rupiah have to appear at the South African High
Commission in Lusaka under such high secrecy – staff of the High Commission sent
away, Rupiah himself moving incognito in a heavily tinted motor vehicle and
without the identifying number plate?
There is definitely some element of
mischief here on the part of the South African High Commission in Lusaka and on
Rupiah’s part. Both didn’t want that visit to be known; both wanted it to be
secret. But why should a visit to the South African High Commission by a former
Zambian president be a matter of such high secrecy? What are they hiding? Who
are they trying to hide from? And why should they hide?
We hope the South
African government of Jacob Zuma is not trying to interfere in the legitimate
internal affairs of Zambia. Rupiah is facing legitimate criminal charges before
our courts of law. Rupiah is not before a kangaroo court but before the courts
he himself says he has confidence in. If Rupiah does not agree with his
prosecution, he can seek legal redress within this same judiciary he has
declared confidence in.
Rupiah has challenged the removal of his presidential
immunity in the High Court of Zambia. No one has stopped him from doing so. And
Rupiah is before a court that he believes will accord him a fair and just
hearing. This being the case, where is the problem? What wrong has the Zambian
government committed?
Is it wrong for the Zambian government to prosecute a
former president who is believed to have committed a crime? The Constitution of
Zambia and the laws of this country do provide procedures for bringing a former
president to court to answer charges for the wrongs he did while in office. And
if this is unlawfully done, the laws of this country do give adequate protection
to Rupiah to seek legal redress, as he has done, through judicial review. Where
is the problem? What is South Africa’s concern?
Didn’t South Africa itself
prosecute Zuma when he was deputy president for corruption? Didn’t the African
National Congress terminate the presidency of Thabo Mbeki over these issues? Did
the Zambian government protest that? Did the Zambian government interfere in
their internal affairs? There are questions being raised about the expenditure
on Zuma’s personal home; has the Zambian government or have the Zambian
politicians raised any issues concerning this?
Not very long ago, the South
African police massacred defenceless miners in a manner that some of its own
human rights activists are comparing to the apartheid Sharpeville massacre. No
one in Zambia or indeed the whole SADC region raised any issue with Zuma or the
South African government. This is a matter the South African authorities are
dealing with internally.
We know that when it comes to issues of corruption,
South Africa is not a good example for the region. It is a country in which
corruption seems to be taking root very fast. While we respect the courage and
determination of the people of that heroic country to free themselves from
apartheid and its evils, we do not look up to them in matters of fighting
corruption. They have not shown exemplary behaviour. And our standards on the
issue of corruption should not in any way be dictated by South African conduct.
They have very little positive to show on this score. But it is not our duty to
interfere with what formula they want to use to share the resources of that
country. If corruption is their way of empowerment, we may have a problem with
it, but we have no right to tell them what to do or what not to do. They are a
sovereign country and a sovereign people, but so are we and our country. Here we
have vowed not to allow our leaders to abuse their stewardship role to enrich
themselves, their families and friends. We think there is a better and more
honest way of empowering ourselves.
If Rupiah feels victimised and believes
he is being unfairly treated, our courts of law are open to him. Let him go
there and seek redress as he is already doing. There is no redress over this
matter that the South African High Commission or indeed the South African
government will accord him. This is not a political matter for political
lobbying; it is a legal matter that requires a legal defence. No amount of
sneaking into and out of this and that embassy or high commission will save
Rupiah from going to jail if he is found to be guilty of abusing his office and
stealing public funds to enrich himself and his children.
Rupiah, despite
having held the office of president, is a citizen of this country, who is equal
to all other citizens before the law. There is a rule of law in this country.
And the rule of law is based on equality before the law, or equal protection of
the law as it is often phrased. This is fundamental to any just and democratic
society. Whether politically or financially powerful, all are entitled to
equality before the law.
The lifting of Rupiah’s immunity made him equal to
other citizens before the law. Rupiah will be prosecuted in the same way any
other citizen will be prosecuted for committing a crime. In fact, in Rupiah’s
case, he is being treated with more respect or courtesy than an ordinary
citizen. For this, he should be grateful.
We, therefore, appeal to all the
foreign missions in Zambia to be careful with the way they deal with Rupiah and
the situation he finds himself in. They shouldn’t deceive themselves that they
will be allowed to place the interests of Rupiah above those of the Zambian
people. If Rupiah matters more to them than the Zambian people, they will soon
realise that to us as a nation, the interests of the people take precedence over
their commitment to Rupiah. They will also soon realise that Zambia, since
independence in 1964, has never been recolonised by any other country. We value
our place in SADC but we have not surrendered our sovereignty to any of our
highly respected neighbours, including South Africa.
The behaviour of the
South African High Commissioner to Zambia is questionable and needs to be
explained. It may be necessary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to summon him
to come and explain his behaviour.

Comments Closed

160 Responses to Now M’membe takes his bitterness and hatred to President Zuma

  1. i thought the vienna convention is very clear on the treatment of embassy structures. Taking photos of an embassy building and its surroundings amounts to spying. Fred membhe is just full of himself. You dont mess up with South Africa and think you can get away with it. as far as i am concerned, the post is merely speculatin that RB was in that vehicle. NO ONE KNOWS WHO WAS IN THAT CAR AND WHO THAT CAR BELONGS TO. There are so many such LAND CRUIZERS and without a number plate, all what the post could do is to speculate and nothing more. infact, someone shud sue this ka- toilet paper for slunder. that security guard cannot comfirm the occupants of the car. infact, the security guard is in breach of his contractual obligation not to talk to reporters, if indeed they talked to him.

    zambiaforward - April 1, 2013
    06:59

  2. this fred mumembe is a bitter chap..what on earth does he want..?you can’t start a war with SA..

    Ngilingindo - March 31, 2013
    08:29

  3. MCS PERSONAL FAILURE (PF), FUEL SHORTAGES MEALIE MEAL, DOLLAR YALIPENA WAIT TAMULATI UKUMWENAKO UNEMPLOYMENT TO U NI SWEET MUCINDILA BWALI WATUPESHA PAFULA

    kaka - March 31, 2013
    08:24

  4. M’menbe chikala sana!!!

    sata - March 31, 2013
    08:03

  5. INSHIKU TASHICHELA MUMO BA MmEEMBE…

    chichichi_j - March 31, 2013
    07:40

  6. I urge all Zambians to avoid reading post news paper. Then we see where foolish M’membe will portray his stupidness.

    Vandross - March 31, 2013
    07:15

  7. Mmembe u’re a fool! Is your conscience clear? Are your hands clean? Please stop taking Zambia for a ride with your ka PFost Newspaper which others rightly call “shinda paper”. You abhor me with your self righteousness!!!

    Fenwick - March 30, 2013
    20:45

    • How I wish this could happen. But alas! Most Zambians are gullible.

      Concord - March 31, 2013
      11:28

  8. How does visiting the South African embassy rob Zambia of its sovereignity?

    mk - March 30, 2013
    20:25

  9. WHEN DID OuR JUDICIAL BECOME RELIABLE? IS IT NOT THIS SAME MUMEMBE WHO WAS JUSTIFYING THE SUSPENSION OF OUR HIGH COURT JUDGES AND CALLED FOR IMMEDIATE JuDICAL REFORMS . ZAMBIANS LETS NOT ALLOw POST TO THINK FOR US OTHERWISE WE ARE MATURE EnOUGh To MAKE INDEPENDENT DECISIONS. LET HIM NOT MAKE US BELIEVE ABUSED OFFICE WHEN NOT . ONLY OUR FREE CORRUPT JUDICiALLY WILL MAKE A RuLING.

    ZANUT - March 30, 2013
    20:08

  10. ‘It may be necessary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to summon him
    to come and explain his behaviour’

    in that last sentence you can Mumembe is writing as an internal government operative by the use of the word ‘come’ and not ‘go’ which would have been the case if he was reporting independently from outside. it is called a FREUDIAN SLIP in psychology.

    Kay - March 30, 2013
    14:37

    • Thanks for explaining the Freudian Slip. I have made such mistakes in similar written correspondence. Peace

      Moonga - March 30, 2013
      15:34

  11. I now see how fred meembe is corrupt in preciple. Why cant he quetion kabimba, dpp and gbm as what makes them not to face the law for corruption and himself for failure to pay 27b? indeed that what makes ZWD believe fred hold hostage SATA and i think they too have immunity that needs a new government to remove. let all true zambian joins hands by disbanding certain non perfoming opposition parties and join the single most performing opposition, so that fred and others’ immunity can be lefted in 2016. Amen

    Joseph Mumba - March 30, 2013
    14:03

  12. Mmembe what desperation is this, surely turning a private visit to SA into a diplomatic disaster to the detriment of Zambia.

    Fred you are a SELFISH LITTLE CROOK

    Vilifier - March 30, 2013
    13:55

  13. Meembe, listen: Those who seek justice should do so with CLEAN hands. Yours are DIRTY:DBZ, Hmoism, lyer, hypocritical (ref editorials against Michael Sata kale and those running currently which cal satan, Sata, Michael, corruptly obtained bids, support for criminal Kabimba against GBM- THE LIST IS ENDLESS!!!

    Mr Man - March 30, 2013
    13:34

  14. M’membe chikakala chawiso, you want to sale this country to your stupid forefathers, what kind of a news editor are you who cant see that this country has really gone to dogs? nyou are a usefull idiot, fuck you!!!

    Chikala - March 30, 2013
    13:31

  15. PF CABINET,YOU ARE A LET DOWN. WE VOTED FOR YOU TO GOVERN BUT YOU HAVE SAT BACK AND LET A JOURNALIST RUN THE COUNTRY, WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU? IS FRED THE MINISTER OF WITHOUT POTIFOLIO TO BEING POKING HIS NOSE IN ALL GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITIES?

    WAKE UP PF CABINET MINISTERS AND DO YOUR WORK WHICH FRED AND GROUP ARE MESSING UP.

    Kayombo - March 30, 2013
    13:23

  16. There is nothing wrong in the post editorial.You guys should realise that Zambia is sovereign state just as South Africa.No country should interfere with the internal affairs of another country for the course of an individual!!.RB stole and RSA should let the law take its course,period!!Be patriotic guys,lets be serious!!

    What a life!! - March 30, 2013
    12:35

    • What is wrong with the editorial is that Fred does not know what was discussed and he believes he can read peoples minds. Do any of us know what Fred used to discuss and do with the former German Ambassador? Editorialise that!

      Another Useful I.diot - March 30, 2013
      13:04

    • Visiting an embassy has never been a crime in Zambia you useful idiot.

      Kay - March 30, 2013
      14:40

    • panyo pako boi apamozi na membe. frm the way u and your fello ass-hole are comimg its like you hv alredy judged RB. tunyo twenu mwembwamwe.Impemfu muchinyo

      masebo - March 31, 2013
      00:19

    • u just an asshole who would support anything. no one, including the post reporter,saw RB go into the SA embasy building.How can a whole newspaper do an editorial, a very strong- worded one for that matter, on a speculative story.FACT IS NO ONE KNOWS WHO WAS IN THaT CAR. BESIDES THAT CAR HAD NO NUMBER PLATES, SO WHERE DOES MEEMBE GET THE GUTS TO INSULT without any facts?

      zambiaforward - April 1, 2013
      06:10

  17. Fred Mmembe is for ever making himself a scare crow and a big fool swimming in a shallow pond!

    Kangaude - March 30, 2013
    11:21

  18. Mmembe is really an IDIOT, how can you claim equality before the law while you are facing charges that you cannt answer. Pay the DBZ money you thief. This is rediculous, how can a stinking thief of Mmembes status condem an innocent citizen like RB. You read about what happened to the Robber who was crucified together with Christ. Your time is coming and coming soon.

    Cruiser - March 30, 2013
    11:04

    • You are the biggest IDIOT!!In fact your brains are full of maggots!!

      What a life!! - March 30, 2013
      12:36

      • Go on get all intelectual on him/her.

        Another Useful I.diot - March 30, 2013
        13:07

  19. The truth be told, corrupt people seem to be driving the agenda in RB’s case, let him be tried just has he tried Mathani, Mmembe and Nchito, its pay back time.

    BMK - March 30, 2013
    09:36

    • If Mmembe was not gay, I would have suspected that he is after Thandiwe but the man has no balls and he still wants to take on bulls: this faggot never stops to amuse me.

      TISA - March 30, 2013
      10:12

  20. The treachery and hypocrisy on Mmembe, knows no boundary,This man and his thinking is a cancer in this nation.

    LELONILELO - March 30, 2013
    09:29

  21. So Rupiah was at the RSA embassy.well, he better go to RSA after he has served the sentence.He is still keen to secure asylum which i suspect to have been assured.
    Zambia is a sovereign state and peaceful.

    Posapo! - March 30, 2013
    09:25

  22. fred membe,your free mason days are over.u may try to show us yo power but Zambians will always prevail.u are too small to think u can control Zambia.your debt will never go away until u pay back.u are going down just like arrogant tetamashimba.the lord will not rest until your bones become food to the ants as well as those for kabimba.your cheap news paper will be destroyed like sodom and gomora.

    chilyelyleye - March 30, 2013
    09:03