I haven’t given immunity to Former KCM Liquidator Milingo Lungu-HH
By ALICE NACHILEMBE
President Hakainde Hichilema has refused holding a meeting and giving immunity to former Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) liquidator Milingo Lungu.
Mr Hichilema said that they has never been a deal with the liquidator that he is aware of.
He said that UPND was against KCM having a liquidator even when they were in opposition because KCM needed a commercial solution and not a liquidator.
Mr Hichilema said why they should give someone immunity if he is Innocent the Zambian courts are competent to expedite the law.
He said that if someone gave the former liquidator immunity then it was illegally done and those who did that are on they own.
“We didn’t want Milingo in KCM as he was standing in the solution for KCM and we wanted him out of KCM because we didn’t need a liquidator in the first place we needed a commercial solution not a liquidator we made this clear even when we were in opposition,” he said.
He said no one has a legal mandate to give immunity to anyone, anything done in those lines is illegal.
Mr Hichilema said no one is above the law and no thief will escape the law.
The President said no one should stand in the fight against corruption, people where used to corruption but if those who won’t walk away from it they will exit they jobs.
He said his Government will not protect corruption those doing that are on they own and consequences will follow them.
Mr Hichilema said that respecting the rule of law is not a weakness but strength and to a clique of thieves’ justice will take its course.
“DEC and ACC has new leadership because they was some weakness there and they will be new leaders where necessary to enhance the fight against corruption,” he said.
And the President said that the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has no legal right or legal power to give immunity people should not abuse the judiciary.
The president was responding to a question posed to him that “UPND cadres are calling for the removal of the DPP” during the press briefing questioning time from the media he said no one can shield corruption hence if the DPP has done that the law will take its own course.