LUSAKA – Patriotic Front returnee, Chishimba Kambwili, who was recently suspended by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) over violation of its statutes and his continued tribal approach has apologised to the plebiscite body.
Kambwili apologised for holding a rally in Kalulushi Town recently against the directive of ECZ which is in charge of electoral activities in the copper-rich nation.
“We just had a cordial meeting with the Electoral Commission of Zambia. I was accompanied by Mr Edwin Mufekelo, deputy media director.
“We should have been joined by Mr Malanji, chairperson for elections, he is very far with campaigns and this arrangement was only made late last night so he was unable to come but we had two lawyers who came with us.
“And basically, we just came to understand and make an appeal against this suspension or ban that has been imposed by ECZ on me as an individual.
“As you may be aware, whoever complained, outlined two things that is I held a public rally against the ban by the ECZ.
“On that score, I sincerely apologise to the ECZ and promise this will never happen again. From deep down the bottom of my heart, I sincerely apologise. Because even that rally that we had, was not intentional.
“We were supposed to have an indoor meeting were they called party officials but you know where I go as Chishimba Kambwili, people just started coming and it became overwhelming such that we couldn’t have the meeting in an enclosure so we decided to address the people outside. That was very unfortunate, extremely unfortunate and I have sincerely apologised to the ECZ,” said Kambwili.
The former opposition leader, however, refused to apologise for his tribal approach that he has always been known for every time he opens his mouth.
Kambwili insisted that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema is a tribal candidate who must never be allowed to assume power any time.
Zambia is expected to hold its general elections this August amid escalating tensions among the top candidates.