Power and Politics

UPND tells ex-President Lungu to allow the law run its course, as family faces corruption probe


The United Party for National Development (UPND) has advised former President Edgar Lungu to stay calm as law enforcement agencies investigate how his wife, Esther, and children acquired their properties.

UPND National Chairman, Collins Maoma, encouraged Lungu to trust the justice system and await the outcome of the investigations to determine if the matter would proceed to court.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday, Maoma expressed concerns over Lungu’s apparent panic regarding the investigations into his family’s properties.

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“Lungu has launched a media campaign to defend his wife against allegations of acquiring property through illicit means,” Maoma said.

He also highlighted that Lungu appeared to be trying to exonerate his children, who allegedly accumulated significant wealth during his presidency.

“Lungu needs to remember that there is always a paper trail documenting property acquisitions and the periods in which they occurred,” he stated.

“Lungu should not just boast about his wealth but explain to Zambians how he earned his money and how he funded his wife and children to acquire so much property in a short time,” Maoma urged.

He added that Lungu did not need to have his immunity removed to show Zambians his bank accounts and the financial transfers to his wife and children.

“The former First Lady, Esther Lungu, and their children should also have bank accounts to demonstrate how they received money from Mr. Lungu and purchased the properties,” he concluded.

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