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Lungu’s 2021 support grows, Pilato apologises

SOCIAL commentator and poet Chama Fumba aka PilAto (right) addressing journalists in Lusaka yesterday. With him is Patriotic Front (PF) provincial youth chairman Kennedy Kamba. PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI

ALVIN CHIINGA & ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka
FORMER Patriotic Front (PF) member of Parliament for Nchanga Constituency Charles Chimumbwa has endorsed the candidature of President Lungu in the 2021 presidential election.
And social commentator and poet Fumba Chama, popularly known as Pilato, yesterday apologised to President Lungu for the song he released in 2015 which he says brought the head of State into ridicule.
Mr Chimumbwa said in a statement yesterday that President Lungu had worked and continued to work in running both the party and the country.
He said President Lungu was like his predecessor, President Sata, who exemplified honesty, fairness and thoughtfulness.
Mr Chimumbwa said President Lungu used the skills he had learnt from President Sata to create a balance between social and economic management.
He urged all genuine PF members to support the President as he works to improve Zambia.
President Lungu has said he is constitutionally eligible to stand for the 2021 presidential election and that he will do so if the PF adopts him.
Meanwhile, musician Fumba Chama, popularly known as Pilato, yesterday apologised to President Lungu for a controversial song he released in 2015 which he says brought the head of State into ridicule.
Mr Chama was briefly arrested over the song, a corruption of late ZamRhumba maestro Nashil Pitchen Kazembe’s A Phiri Anabwera, which was deemed to be defamatory to the President.
The song caused a national storm then with supporters of President Lungu and the Patriotic Front (PF) baying for the musician’s prosecution while opposition parties and their allies hailed him as a hero.
“I want to formally apologise to His Excellency President Lungu for my shortcomings.
“I do wish to make peace with President Lungu, the first family and the Patriotic Front (PF). I have come to realise that I have achieved no tangible results through my music,” a visibly remorseful Mr Chama said.
He said as a son he was asking for forgiveness because President Lungu was a parent for all Zambians.
“I pledge my total support and loyalty to the President and the first family,” he said.
Mr Chama said as a youth he had ideas which could change the course of Zambia and that he could only do so by working with the government.
He said his decision to say “sorry” had been necessitated by his deepest desire to speak for poor Zambians.




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