I have decided to write this open letter to you after my mother drew my attention to a story in the Post Newspapers edition number 6906 – Friday September 18, 2015 under the heading “M’membe’s mother awaits his death at Lungu’s hands”. In the said story you were quoted extensively on the malicious allegation that our Republican President His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu was threatening to kill your son, Fred.
I know that Fred has convinced you that Mr Lungu threatened his life. After reading what you said in the story in question I have no doubt that you believe that your son Mr M’membe will be killed by president Lungu sooner or later. Against this background, I wish to assure you that President Lungu is a good man who would never physically eliminate your son. The truth of the matter is that Fred has deliberately misconstrued what President Lungu said as part of his known propaganda aimed at demonizing our God-fearing leader. I am therefore very disappointed that Fred has decided to use you as an agent of his malice against our humble head of state. I think that it is very immoral and outrageous that Fred should involve you in his political battles in the manner he has done. At your age we all consider you as our mother. Even President Lungu is your son. It is therefore my humble appeal to you to play the role of a good mother by helping your children respect one another and live in harmony.
I am sure that you have seen how your son, Fred, has been undermining the leadership of President Lungu viciously since late President Michael Chilufya Sata fired your son’s friend Mr Wynter Kabimba as Secretary General of the Patriotic Front and as Justice Minister and gave both positions to the same Mr Lungu. And after Mr Kabimba formed his party called Rainbow Party, the attacks on our head of state by your son have taken a direction that has attracted widespread condemnation from well-meaning citizens. As such, I think that it is very unfair that Fred should drag you into his political battles.
It is my prayer that you will find it in your heart to see the side of Mr Lungu and choose the noble role of facilitating understanding and mutual respect. It is also my prayer that your will decide to phone President Lungu and sample the goodness of this once in a life time leader. Should it happen that you manage to speak to President Lungu I am sure that no one will succeed in poisoning your heart against him.
Frank Bwalya (Fr)