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By NA­TION RE­PORTER IT is un­for­tu­nate that the fam­ily of the late for­mer Pres­i­dent Fredrick Chiluba has con­tin­ued to be sub­jected to hard­ships de­spite the won­der­ful things that he did for Zam­bia, says Evan­gel­i­cal Youth Al­liance In­ter­na­tional, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Rev­erend Moses Lungu.

And Rev Lungu has de­scribed as trau­ma­tis­ing and shock­ing the sen­tenc­ing of Pres­i­dent Chiluba’s son Fred­er­ick Mwape Chiluba to eight months in prison for steal­ing a mo­bile phone.

In an in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion yes­ter­day, Rev Lungu said Dr Chiluba fought tire­lessly to im­prove the liv­ing stan­dards of many peo­ple across the coun­try.

“Pres­i­dent Chiluba un­der­took so much to im­prove the liv­ing stan­dards of the poor in Matero, in Chi­fubu, in Chimwemwe, in Chin­gola on the Cop­per­belt, and Kabwe. One would never think that the fam­ily could still be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing such chal­lenges. “We hope that they will find strength in the wis­dom of God’s work and as a Church we will con­tinue to pray with them,” he said. Rev Lungu said the ef­forts of Pres­i­dent Chiluba to lib­er­ate Zam­bia’s econ­omy have not been ap­pre­ci­ated.

Rev Lungu said the for­mer first fam­ily was go­ing through a lot and urged Zam­bians to pray for them.

“It is such a sad de­vel­op­ment that the son of the for­mer and late pres­i­dent of Zam­bia has been granted a sen­tence of eight months.

“As a Church we want to send words of en­cour­age­ment to the fam­ily be­cause prison is never a nice place at all. We hope that grace will be granted to our brother (Fredrick Ju­nior Mwape) for the time that he will spend in in­car­na­tion.

“And maybe we can just learn one or two les­sons from this ex­pe­ri­ence. Oth­er­wise Abantu babi tababa bwino pantu bal­al­aba bwangu (peo­ple are bad they eas­ily for­get).

“It is quiet trau­ma­tis­ing con­sid­er­ing that this fam­ily has gone through much and one could think that there could be a break in as far as chal­lenges are con­cerned,” said Rev Lungu.

Fred­er­ick Chiluba ju­nior was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to eight months im­pris­on­ment with hard labour for steal­ing a mo­bile phone worth K8, 500 by a Lusaka Mag­is­trates Court.

Mag­is­trate Ntan­dose Cha­bala jailed Fred­er­ick Chiluba ju­nior, 33, af­ter find­ing him guilty of steal­ing the Sam­sung S7 edge phone from Brenda Nakazwe on Septem­ber 2, 2017.

Dr Chiluba

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