Minister Of Justice Mulambo Haimbe Must Resign- Fred M’membe



Mr Mulambo Haimbe, the Minister of Justice and acting Minister of Foreign Affairs is accused of being at the centre or triggered the gruesome murder of Ms Valerie Franco and the subsequent suicide of her husband Mr Mike Ilishebo.

A very tragic occurrence that shook the city of Lusaka and the entire nation of Zambia at large.

Shockingly, immediately after the report of this grisly murder and suicide incident, audios in which Mr Ilishebo confronted Mr Haimbe over his alleged inappropriate love affair with his wife, Ms Franco emerged and went viral on various social media platforms.

In the audios, the discernably disheartened and helpless Mr Ilishebo is heard inviting Mr Haimbe for a “man- to- man talk” to discuss his alleged mischief with his wife. An invitation which Mr Haimbe calmly welcomed with a noticeable tone and temperament signaling that he was familiar with the matter at hand.

We may not be preview to the inner happenings in the home of this now deceased young couple. But certainly, their death and the manner in which they both died coupled with Mr Haimbe’s alleged involvement in this horrific end of their lives is extremely painful and disturbing especially to the families of the deceased persons.

Indeed, the law enforcement agencies are probing this horror-like occurrence. But whilst the investigation is taking place, it is evidently important that Mr Haimbe resigns. We are not imputing that Mr Haimbe is guilty of the murder or any of that sort of crimes, no! But at this stage, this matter is not all about legality but morality too. And one ought to satisfy both the legal and moral dimensions of the matter in order for them to remain without stain. And going by what happened so far, Mr Haimbe’s suitability to continue holding office in the wake of this alleged scandal and the inappropriateness of his conduct is not attainable.

This is not to say Mr Haimbe should be an angel or a saint, no! We are merely illustrating the gravity of the situation before him, how hugely problematic his continued stay in office will be, and how unbearable it will be to have a person with such allegations and perceptions about their character and morality at the helm of our justice system and our international relations and cooperation. And trying to conceal or disguise this incident by handling or representing it misleadingly or keeping quiet on it won’t work.

Clearly, Mr Haimbe is no longer an asset to this government. He is actually a liability and the earlier, Mr Hakainde Hichilema accepted this fact, the better for our country and its image. This is not a matter Mr Hichilema can simply be glossed over like he has done before because it is humiliating the country and also it will haunt him permanently if he has any conscience.

Mr Haimbe must go. He is unfit to hold office. He must resign!

Fred M’membe
President of the Socialist Party


  1. It’s our time…. excitement at getting power is getting out of hand…now even disrupting other people’s homes , and subsisting on the blood of the innocents. On the heels of another destroyer of homes , the self confessed instigator and promoter of tribal hate speech , Cornelius Mweetwa, whose alleged Philandering is also marked in the blood of an innocent. Do these people have a conscience?
    Ifyakumwena ku ‘ bukulu’ . Ndowe ndowe laced with blood….15 years in opposition waiting for this ???

  2. At this stage Mr. Haimbe’s continued stay as a Minister in government is untenable, irrespective of whether the allegations against him are true or not.

  3. “Dead can not testify” and the statements being made and attributed by the dead can not be proven as being said by the dead.
    All this now is being suggested by one who “wants to come with soiled hands” and suggested a moral judgement be passed on another? Mmembe you have no moral standing to even utter these words.
    Haimbe had nothing to do with this couple. They married a year ago. Statements that suggest that Haimbe was involved state the affair (if ever) occurred before she married this man. Or he was Minister and UPND came into government. So bane before asking someone be put to death. Examine the facts. A close look at the reported facts and those making them; show inconsistencies. Do we want to become a country that acts on Mmembe kachepa? Two days ago it was a reckless announcement that he would make Barotseland. A separate nation or in name only? Wild but inflamatory statement meant to incite…to what end? Lets be cautious and objective when calling for certain action.

  4. This is a dead case!
    Nkani iyi ni ya “washout!”
    The Minister’s accuser is dead, hence cannot substantiate the allegations!
    The dead indeed cannot testify!
    Anyone of us can be accused of anything! The burden of proof is on the accuser! He who alleged must prove but he decided to be a coward by taking his own life!
    Such men who do these things of killing their spouses and taking their lives are not normal!
    A real man is one who let’s go of the spouse without threatening or inflicting harm. We have men and women who have caught their spouses in the act but never did we hear this level of madness of killing their spouses and taking their own lives!
    These are serious mental health issues!
    We can just say the young man was not well brought up!
    He was as unstable as water!
    Ladies, be very careful dating or marrying possessive men! They will kill you!
    If you truly love a lady as a man, you should also be ready to let her go if she so wishes! You can still be friends! You can never think of killing someone if you truly love them! Anakazi kupaka and you want to kill yourself over one on mere suspicions of infidelity? Kupusa bati!
    There is no proof of infidelity by the minister here!
    The deceased failed to substantiate his allegations!

  5. I accept that Mulambo Haimbe’s resignation as the police investigate the two deaths would be in the best interest of the UPND government. He can always be reappointed after his innocence or the lack of evidence of his involvement is established.
    I, however, refrain from saying that he is unfit to hold office because the facts remain unknown by everyone except Haimbe himself and the dead couple.

  6. The behaviour of cabinet ministers, and diplomats, is a reflection of the image of the appointing authority. Mirror image.

    How does one keep appointing unpalatables like meno meno or this justice minister or that corrupt foreign minister?

    Vote wisely in 2026.

  7. Don’t be funny resign for what? Did you gather the details of this issue well or you are getting excited for nothing.The late brother man wanted to understand something from his fellowman to iron out something like roumer or innuendos.Him was not in fast lane like you who want to tell someone to resign without full data of the matter slow down .It is just sad that the brother man seem to have been overpowered by pressure in his mind such that he could have gotten over stressed and got depressed.Matteters of love are complicated such that often a time even innocent people are entangled in issues probably because of a greeting or waving at someone you could have known at church or school.A depressed person becomes respectful, cheerful in seeking the truth from what is troubling him and starts fighting for solutions like phoning his suspects and confidants.So don’t conclude on something you are not prevy to.Leave the honourable minister alone better mind your own business.Who knows maybe you are the causer where did you find the recorded conversation you should be summoned by the police today.


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