Dr George Magwende

DR. MAGWENDE IS AN HONOURABLE MAN, A PROFESSION WITH INTEGRITY-FRED M’MEMBE

YES, DR MAGWENDE IS CLOSE TO ME

There has been some ceaseless media reports that Dr George Magwende has been fired from his job as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health because of his connection or association with me.


It cannot be denied that Dr Magwende has been been very close to me for many years, going back to 1992 when he entered Medical School here in Lusaka. I can say he has been a brother and Comrade of mine for many years.


And the Dr Magwende I know is very different from the one who is being summoned to the ACC.
The Dr Magwende I know is an absolutely incorruptible man, an honest and selfless human being. This is a man who has undertaken very risky humanitarian assignments in Mozambique and Malawi when those sister nations were hit by floods in the early 2000s. The Dr Magwende I know is a doctor who I had asked to go to eastern Congo in 2000 to take care of the ill brothers and sisters in response to request from President Laurent Kabila. All this was for no pay.


The Dr Magwende I know is one who responded favourably to my request to help President Hakainde Hichilema and ensure his health and safety when he was incarcerated at Mukobeko Maximum Prison where Dr Magwende was the Head of Health Services and the only active medical officer. And Dr Magwende paid a very high price doing this – he was fired from his job.


And here we are talking about a very young man with very young children and a young wife being jobless. I am talking about a trained officer with the discipline of a loyal lieutenant.


I have no doubt whatsoever that Dr Magwende cannot engage in the abuses that are being insinuated and bandied around. If anything, Dr Magwende can only be victimised for his integrity – inability to do wrong things and his courage to say no to wrong schemes.


And if he had done something wrong as a serving Civil Servant, what measures were taken to charge him and hear his side of the story? By being fired, Dr Magwende has been investigated, charged, tried and judged by the President, and has been found guilty. With these happenings, what would be expected of the ACC? To disagree with the President’s verdict?


This is certainly not the best way to treat other human beings. Yes, corruption must be resolutely fought, but it must be fought in a just, fair and humane manner.

Fred M’membe
President of the Socialist Party

5 COMMENTS

  1. BA M’MEMBE ARE YOU SURE DR MAGWENDE WENT TO EAST DRC AND WORKED WITHOUT PAY? TO BE A TRUE PERSON OF INTEGRITY YOU MUST BE ‘AS CUNNING AS A SERPENT BUT AS HARMLESS AS A DOVE’. IF DR MAGWENDE HAS BEEN VICTIMIZED BECAUSE OF HIS INTEGRITY THEN IT IS DUE TO HIS FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE HIS ENEMIES FROM THE FRIENDS HE HAS! LIFE IS A SERIES OF HARD LESSONS EMANATING FROM THE HIDDEN FALSITIES IN OUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES.

  2. Insinuations by Leninist Mmembe that President HH fired Dr. Magwende before the ACC could investigate him are utterly disgraceful.
    The ACC have categorically advised that the embroiled doctor has been in their crosshairs for sometime now.
    It’s not Mmembe’s prerogative to act as judge and jury before investigations in the matter are concluded. With such intereference, imagine what would become of this country in the remotest probability that he were the President.

    • Boss, hasn’t HH been acting as accuser and judge as well? We saw his press conference where he said Lusambo was a thief and needed to be arrested. We saw HH bring up Chitotela’s deal with ACC and Chitotela was arrested two days after that conference.

  3. NOW WE KNOW WHERE THAT COLOSSAL SUM OF MONEY WENT. MMEMBE MUST ALSO BE SUMMONED BY THE ACC SO THAT HE TELLS US WHAT HE KNOWS ABOUT THE THEFT BY HIS ASSOCIATE. MMEMBE NOT PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL.

  4. It’s irrelevant who he is close to! He has to answer to the charges leveled against him. Just over 12 months ago a broke government was busy looking for churches that wanted to be empowered with COVID 19 money. This sort of makes sense with what was happening under the PF regime. We urge the ACC, FIC & DEC to investigate the source of the Presidential Empowerment Fund. We need to know how much was in that fund and at the change of government what was left in that fund. It’s possible Part of that money found itself in Faith Musonda’s custody. Everyone who stole or facilitated stealing has to face the music. If M’membe wants to be his lawyer, he’s free to join his defence team instead of spewing his shit in the public domain. These are the guys who used to laugh at the New Dawn Government that there was nothing that was going to happen. Now they are crying victimisation. Tell us if you advised him to sign the authorisation. One thing you need to understand is that Lungi is a crook who promoted slot of Drs and intellectuals and used them to get what he wanted. Lungi has immunity and the people he used to ask do his bidding are out in the cold answering to the law.

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