K18 million DBZ loan must be paid back

The Independent Churches of Zambia (ICOZ)has questioned government when the K18 billion DBZ loan owed by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito, Fred M’membe and Nchima Nchito , will be paid back.

In an interview with Daily Nation, ICOZ overseer Bishop David Masupa said the church was not happy about the current situation in the country.

He challenged the PF government to fight corruption within themselves before they extended it to other people.

Bishop Masupa explained that there were many pending issues that needed serious attention but instead were ignored by government.

He urged government to explain to the public colossal sums of money the DPP was alleged to be owing in the DBZ saga if the fight against corruption would be genuine.

“The K18 billion saga owed by three individuals is being avoided but the government that is busy pursuing irrelevant   issues,, we want the nation to be informed on what is going on, otherwise the graft fight is useless,” he said.

He said the silence by government on the plunder at DBZ by three individuals was frightening, adding that the PF government would only be trusted once it cleared the pending cases.

“Zambian people are not fools or blindfolded, if the PF government really wants to show that they are fighting corruption, they should first remove the log in their eyes before they see that of their friends. It does not matter how close such people are to government, loans must be paid back and Zambians must make sure that the money borrowed from DBZ must be paid back,” he said.

The clergyman said it was high time as a country that citizens became more aggressive and responsible for what was theirs, adding that the  government must not shield the few powerful people but must be on the side of the majority poor.

He said that people had lost trust in the investigating wings on the basis that they were working under instructions and said the judiciary was an important institution of government whose independence should be respected at all costs.

Bishop Masupa advised government to promote and respect justice by ensuring that justice prevailed in the cases before investigative wings.

He said it was the duty of the President to ensure there was peace in the country, to restore the lost dignity and integrity in his office.