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Statement on the allegations of fraud and theft made against me by Mr Lewis Mosho

Statement on the allegations of fraud and theft made against me by Mr Lewis Mosho

It is very sad that wild and malicious allegations have once again been made against me.

I was last week summoned by the Police in Chinsali, Muchinga, made to believe that my house which was taken, with no evidence of wrong doing by myself, in my village in Chinsali over a year ago was going to be returned.

However, I was today charged with two counts of theft of proceeds of sale of Post Newspapers Limited property located in Lusaka, sold by the company prior to it going into liquidation.

Those that have brought these charges against me, know very well that I was never involved in the sale of Post Newspapers Limited property and never used proceeds from the same for my personal benefit. These transactions were conducted through banks, thus, records relating to this sale and use of the proceeds are easily available.

These allegations are being brought by people who are stuck in their criminal activities and have thus opted to concoct lies. They have found nothing against me since the liquidation of Post Newspapers Limited and the illegal occupation of my house in Chinsali over a year ago. It is well known that they will not be able to prove these lies. But all this is being done, as the masses of this country are looking for alternative leadership and our party is growing very fast.

With our rising political fortunes, my being smeared with the filth of fraud and theft doesn’t come as a surprise. It was expected. Post Newspapers Limited wasn’t a kantemba, a briefcase company, it was a big company with a professional accounting staff.

It wasn’t possible for any individual person to take that amount of money, let alone for a property sale, without being noticed or traced.

Although I owned almost all the shares in the company, I never treated the assets and liabilities of the company as mine. The finances and assets of Post Newspapers Limited were handled and managed by its accounting staff. And I did not handle the sale of the said property. It was handled by the accounting staff and other responsible managers – and all are still alive.

The payment was made through the bank and so were the disbursements – which I am told were mainly to the Zambia Revenue Authority. All these transactions can be traced from the bank records.

If the police were professional in their dealing with Mr Mosho’s complaint, they would have gone to the bank to check how the money moved from the buyer to Post Newspapers Limited’s bank accounts. And it could also reveal how it was disbursed from that account. But because of clear political pressure that has surrounded the whole liquidation of Post Newspapers Limited police professionalism, objectivity and fairness have been lost.
They know very well that this case is going nowhere but that does not bother them because their intention is not punish wrongdoing but to politically, morally and otherwise humiliate me.
Will they succeed? No. The Zambian people know very well what is going on and cannot be swayed by such malice, lies and calumny.
They are the thieves, not me.
I challenge Mr Mosho to render an audited account of the assets of Post Newspapers Limited he has collected and sold.

However, this will not deter us from fighting the injustice and inequity that is growing in our country. We will continue to mobilise Zambians to fight corruption, greed and injustice.

Issued by Dr Fred M’membe

Mwika Royal Village,

Shiwangandu

The time has come for revolutionary change in Zambia – Dr Fred M’membe

Thank you for following the
launch of our party’s manifesto.

Our manifesto is a manifesto of revolutionary change.

It’s a manifesto that will bring fundamental changes to our country and to our lives.

It’s a manifesto of revolutionary democracy, of transforming our country and our lives together, of working together side by side like beavers.

It’s a manifesto of fraternal love.

It’s a manifesto about the construction of a just society – a society anchored on economic, social and political justice.

It’s a manifesto that will bring about equity in terms of access to education by making education totally free from nursery at the age of three to university. And compulsory from nursery to grade 12.

It is a manifesto that will bring about equity in terms of access to health services by making it totally free and fundamentally improving its quality.

It’s a manifesto that will bring about equity in terms of access to nutrition by investing heavily in, and reorganising, peasant agriculture.

It’s a manifesto about jobs. Without being able to find work in an economy one cannot truly benefit from it.

It’s a manifesto about peace, a society free from all sorts of economic, social and political violence. It’s about a society where we can all go to bed without fear of being ‘gassed’.

But they will tell you all this is not possible; we are lying, we are dreaming, it can’t be done. They will ask: where will the money for all these services come from?

We know today what is happening. They are buying motor vehicles at exorbitant prices, they are building roads at three to four times the average prices in the region; they are buying presidential jets; they are building toll gates at exorbitant prices. We can go on and on – the list is endless. They are not asking where the money is coming from because they are spending it on themselves.

Yes, money will be needed. But money is not the starting point, money isn’t everything. The first thing is to establish the principles behind these free services – why do we need free education and health services? A nation that is not well educated, that is not healthy cannot be efficient and productive, cannot be competitive in today’s highly technological world.

Our approach is that children are not only born to a mother and father. They are born in a much bigger family, community and nation. They belong to the family, community and nation. The mother and the father cannot deal with them as they wish or please because they are not theirs alone. They are ours collectively and as such we must take collective responsibility for their education, health, nutrition and other services they require to grow up as good human beings and responsible citizens.

As for money, your Socialist Party government will do what the individual households do when money is little, is short – remove unnecessary expenditure, luxuries when the going is rough. The Socialist Party government will remove unnecessary expenditure to save money for the provision of free education and health services to our children and all our people.

Those who have exploited, abused you, marginalised you for years and their supporters are going to be telling you that everything in this manifesto is impossible because they don’t want revolutionary change in your lives and your country.

And why should they? Everything is going on very well for them and their children. They have no problems with education and health services. Everything is going well for them. But it’s not going on well for you.

This manifesto is about addressing the distressing situation of our young people who have to stop school because their parents have no money to pay fees; who have passed but can’t attend college or university because of they don’t have money.

This manifesto is about creating jobs for many of our people who can’t find work and earn a living; the trained teacher, nurse, clinical officer, agriculture extension officer who can’t be employed.

This manifesto is about addressing the problems of the retiree who is not being paid his retirement benefits for years while the leaders are paying themselves midterm gratuities and are getting their benefits before even their terms of office come to an end; are selling themselves expensive government motor vehicles for near to nothing. They have no shortage of money for themselves, but for the poor and marginalised.

This manifesto is about serving the lives of our people who are ill and instead of being given medicines at our clinics or hospitals are given prescriptions to go and buy drugs from pharmacies when they have no money. In the meantime your leaders fly out for treatment at the taxpayers’ cost, at your cost.

If things continue like this, what is your future and that of your children? What hope is there for a better life for you and your children and your children’s children?

Your incomes are not increasing, jobs are being lost, your businesses are failing but the things you have to pay for are increasing everyday – mealie-meal prices are skyrocketing, water, electricity, transport, school, medicines, clothes, rentals, cost of borrowing from kaloba are all going up!

This system, this order is not working for you. It’s working for them but not for you.

And that’s why so many people today think all politicians are liars, are the same – they promise heaven but they can’t even deliver purgatory. They are there just to enrich themselves.

This is understandable. You have been cheated, betrayed by politicians, your leaders for too long to trust anyone. You are now giving up on politics and politicians.

This is where this manifesto comes in to give hope, restore confidence by showing our people that this party, this manifesto is different, it is not any other party, it is not any other politician. It is a revolutionary party, a revolutionary manifesto to bring about revolutionary change. It is not about empty, false promises. It is about revolutionary democracy – deciding together, creating together, building together and thereby increasing our people’s confidence in themselves and their future.

The Socialist Party is yours. This manifesto is yours. And that is why in the coming days, weeks, months, despite their petty differences and mock engagements, all of them will gang up against your party, your manifesto.

If they thought we represented politics as usual, that we could be compromised, bought off, that nothing was really going to change – they wouldn’t be so ferociously and virulent against us.

They know we mean business, they know we mean what we say. We are honest people.

They know our chances of winning next year’s elections are very high. And they know we will deliver on your programme and your manifesto. And they are all not sleeping over this prospect.

That’s why they are throwing all their spanners in our work – denying us space to freely mobilise.

They’re very scared of a revolutionary transformation of this country.

All sorts of unscrupulous elements are pumping in a lot of money in the leading capitalist parties of this country – they own and control them. But they don’t own and control you and your party – the Socialist Party. The humble workers, peasants and the working intellectuals own the Socialist Party.

When you’re serious about revolutionary change and your chances of winning are high those who draw gigantic benefits from the current corrupt order will mobilise against you, they will fight you to preserve their benefits, their privileges.

Clearly, this manifesto will usher in a different kind of society.

That’s what our manifesto is all about. All that remains to realise it is your vote. And your vote is more powerful than all their money.

So get your national registration card and register to vote for yourself, for your future and that of your country.

It can’t be denied that for the great majority of our people next year’s elections will be
offering a once-in-a-generation chance of revolutionary change.

We have a chance to end despair and hopelessness.

It’s gets dark sometimes, but the morning comes. Let’s not give up; let’s not lose hope.

With some effort, great effort and the watch, protection and guidance of the spirits of our ancestors, of that courageous Ngoni worrier commander Nsingu we will triumph and make Zambia what it was meant to be – our paradise here on earth!

The time has come for revolutionary change in Zambia!

Thank you very much!

Investing in the future of Zambia

As a youth and Citizen of the republic of Zambia, we must take interest in issues that are affecting our people. It is time for us to take back our country. Too many times we have chosen silence, too many times we have looked the other way and accepted things as the norm. This has to change; we have to change our mindsetsur mentalities and work together to bring change to this country. We must not only ask the right questions but we must begin implementing change now, be it in the current or the next government ruling.
Some of the major issues we are currently facing are poverty-increased disease and theft, corruption-mismanagement of funds, high inflation, unemployment, high electricity tariffs, lack of empowerment hence lack of investment in the people: the education system, healthcare system, infrastructure. What saddens me the most is the fact that these issues continue to worsen and the current government refuses to disclose to us why and how we got here. If we do not know the whys and how’s, then how do we progress? Do we have any functioning systems in place that help those in hardship? Does our welfare system actually function? The structures that have been put in place; do they actually work?
Now, one of my main reasons for joining the movement-Socialist Party by Dr Fred M’membe is because youth empowerment is a priority, the younger generation are our future. Real progress in the society, in investing in our younger generation, must be made through cooperative efforts of the people and citizens. The people make the country, but the future generation is needed for the country’s economic growth and sustainability. We are in the best position to define our expectations through experience and exposure, define what we want as the future of this country. They have created a platform that caters specifically to the youth and younger generations where we can bring our ideas and our initiatives and discuss how we can grow as individuals thus grow our economy. The Party wants to create future leaders, we are needed in the progress of this country.
In addition, when we look at Dr Fred M’membe, an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist, we should consider him a leader because he continues to help our people in the community. He has helped our people get educated, assisted with providing healthcare, sponsored people to go into university locally and internationally, assisted people in gaining employment, and provided employment for several people plus creating a platform for freedom of speech through his media business. Dr Fred M’membe and comrades such as Dr Cosmas Musumali and Dr Ngenda Mwikisa have taken part in sustainable development in poor communities and have many ideas and initiatives. Also, with significant focus on social development, Dr Cosmas Musumali continues to be actively involved in encouraging and promoting individuals to reach their full potential with his philanthropic measures. These leaders have fabricated this by their own means and without creating any attention to themselves. They have implemented this for public good, focusing on the quality of life. These are qualities of leadership.
So, what am I trying to say? These qualities of leadership indicate initiatives that an economy needs. Therefore, the socialist Party leaders have vision, placing value on the future generation and promoting sustainability. They understand the importance of investing in the basic necessities for our youth and future leaders and this has been their main focus; Education, Agriculture and Health. In order to know where we are going, we need to know what our focus and investment should be.
As concerned citizens with a vast majority of natural resources, we can see that Zambia is deteriorating disgracefully. Our education system is poor, so how then can we have a knowledgeable society? How can we implement what we do not know? How do you expect the Zambian economy to do better when the people are not being invested in? Does our welfare system protect and promote the economic and wellbeing of our citizens? Do we have access to financial aid in time of need? How high are the requirements in gaining access to this funding?
When we look at the statistics, 62% of the Zambian population survive on less than a dollar a day. 80% of people living in rural Zambia live in poverty. They have no access to clean water, no education system, no health care system and close to zero support from the government. This is why we have 40% of our children suffering from malnutrition, this is why we are not able to increase our civilisation as a country and this is why we cannot advance. What is an economy without its people? A government should be able to provide the necessary training to improve the citizens ‘skills and knowledge.
Hence why Knowledge sharing is very important. It is the key driver of economic growth. However, this is what we are lacking as a country, the government has refused to invest in its people. Instead they would rather bring in experts from overseas majority of the time, who eventually return and re-invest in their own countries. Any chance of working in alliance with these organisations to train the citizens of Zambia? How can we create a platform where knowledge is shared, skill sets are improved, systems are updated or upgraded?
I understand the current government claims that FDI has improved due to the fact that the Chinese are “improving” on our infrastructure, building our roads therefore investing in our economy. Apparently, the beautiful shopping centres and malls show this improvement. Well, what are the numbers saying? What is the actual impact? In the last 4 years our FDI flow has significantly reduced from 1.1 billion to about 550 million and the economy has nothing to show for it. We do not need strategies and tactics that make us feel good, we need strategies and tactics that work for the benefit of the people. Where are our morals and ethics as a country? Since when did we become second-class citizens?
Also, in the last 4 years we have seen an increase in our imports of 17%, only the last couple months since the pandemic has this decreased by 2%. In terms of exports, 95% of our profits come from copper. Are we planning on diversifying? Wouldn’t agriculture be a great sector to invest in? How about energy? If these policies have been created by our policy makers but are not being measured or tracked, how then do we know which procedures and processes actually work?
These are the issues, we know what they are, and yes, we are speaking up on them, but what are the important things we need to be doing rather than simply condemning the current government? As a part of the socialist party and understanding their purpose, I have been able to approach the party and provide my initiatives and ideas that have been taken on board. I simply asked, what can we do right now as youths, what changes can we make as abled citizens of Zambia that portray confidence and hope.
I am all about knowledge sharing and I care about the well-being of many, and with the assistance of the socialist party I have been able to conclude on a project that involves using my personal land to promote farming and local food production, also creating an innovation platform, thus providing training, employment by working closely with other farmers and encouraging innovative ideas. That is a choice that I made and the socialist party has helped with providing so much information, providing networks, by connecting with others with similar ideas, and if I am in a position to help by going in alliance with leaders who see my vision who want to help me grow as leader as this will have a significant impact on the overall economy then why not? I have keyed into that vision.
In conclusion, yes, I urge my fellow youth and fellow citizens of Zambia to stand up for your rights. Yes, we must continue to demand answers. Yes, the issues in Zambia are not being addressed. Yes, the current government is trying to rule by instilling fear in us. Yes, we will continue to speak and our voices will be heard. And yes, we are the people of Zambia; we will remain significant.
However, the change really begins with us and it begins right now, today. If you have any ideas, any initiatives, or any concerns, we have leaders whom may not be in power yet but will listen to you and will take your initiatives on board and will help you. As long as it is for the benefit of the people, of the economy, it is the right thing to do. So, avoid placing much focus on the issues, those are the issues yes, they continue to affect us yes, but focus on the solutions. If you want to be a part of the movement and begin implementing change now, reach out to leaders who will not only claim to assist once they are in office but who are assisting right now with the limited resources they have.
Lastly, business owners, or those who are privileged, those who are educated, those who have been exposed, those in the diaspora, please step forward and speak for the majority of Zambians living in poverty, think of ways to work in conjunction with the socialist party for the benefit of the people. Together we can accomplish so much and more and giving the socialist party the opportunity would provide even more accomplishments as a nation.

By Khotiye Mwikisa MCIPS,
Procurement Specialist in the Victoria Rail Industry
Law Student at Victoria University
Member of the Socialist Party Youth League.