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PF’s Mumbi Phiri claims journalist who implicated her in plot that led her to jail for 429 days has apologized


Former Patriotic Front (PF) Deputy Secretary General, Mumbi Phiri, has claimed that a journalist who implicated her in plot that led her to jail for 429 days has apologised.

Phiri said she therefore had no grudge against the journalist despite being in prison for 429 days in a murder charge she was maliciously and politically implicated.

Phiri who was last week freed from Mongu Prison after 429 days of incarceration said it was her hope that the journalist who implicated her in the death of Lawrence Banda, the UPND cadre was given a job because that was the purpose for doing it.

She said the video which implicated her went viral after former State House Spokesperson, Anthony Bwalya, was given a job because that journalist was eying that position and thought by implicating her he was given that position.

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“That journalist had a chance to circulate that video when the PF was in power but he did not and waited for an appropriate time when it could advantage him.

“It is good that the journalist apologised to me at court and claimed that he had been used by people who wanted to create a wedge between them,” Phiri said in an interview.

Phiri also said she had no grudge against President Hakainde Hichilema for her 429 days incarceration.

Phiri said she had no grudge against Hichilema as well as the journalist who implicated her in this case.

Phiri also revealed that she met her co-accused Shabby Chilekwa in a dock at court in Kaoma when they were appearing for the first-time.

She said things were bad in prison that she could curse each time a UPND official appeared on Television.

Meanwhile, Phiri said people calling for the reconciliation of President Hichilema and former President Edgar Lungu were wasting their time.

She explained that God was going to speak to the two leaders at his own time for reconciliation.

“What Zambians need to do now is to be praying for the two leaders so that God could reconcile them at his own time,” Phiri said.

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