I AM ready to go to prison because prisons are meant for human beings, Chongwe member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo has said.
Speaking when she addressed journalists after her case in which she is charged with abuse of authority of office failed to take off Ms Masebo said she served the Government diligently and for the good of the people when she was Minister of Tourism and Arts.
“I want to say that prisons are for human beings, so I am ready for anything; my conscince is very clear. I have served this country diligently for the good of the Government, for the good of the people of Zambia.
“I have never been corrupt, I have never stolen from anybody and as a child of God, I leave everything in the hands of God,” Ms Masebo, who was flanked by Sinda member of Parliament Levy Ngoma, said.
Ms Masebo, who was besieged by scores of UPND sympathisers, said she expected her prosecution because she was tipped in February that officers from the Anti-Corruption Commission were investigating her. She said her prosecution was politically-motivated after she campaigned for UPND president Hakainde Hichilema in the January 2015 presidential election.
“I am the same today as I was yesterday. I am not intimidated, I will remain strong, but I want to say one thing. This is a country where people who stand for the truth… people who are straight-forward are brought to court. Criminals who are plundering the resources are walking freely in the streets of Zambia.
“I am not surprised; I expected it, in fact, as early as February. I was told that the Anti-Corruption commission was after me after campaigning for HH. All I can say is that everything has time. Every dog has its day for sure. So, this is their day, but our day will come,” she said.
Ms Masebo appealed to people to vote the Patriotic Front out of Government in next year’s general elections. She said the people should stand up and fight injustice in the country through the ballot, adding that they have another chance next year.
“Come next year, you know what to do; I hope that come 2016, Zambia will be a better country for the people of Zambia. Our institutions will not be raped by those that have the power. Our men and women, our professionals, can work with pride not where they are told what to do and how to do it.”