Amos says he ‘regrets’ Kambwili insults

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Amos Chanda

President Edgar Lungu’s press aide Amos Chanda says he regrets the insults he showered on NDC sadow leader Chishimba Kambwili, calling it “a moment of lapse in judgement in the face of relentless malice from a person with whom I have no personal offense whatsoever.”

Chanda has however stopped short of apologising to Kambwili, in particular, for any anguish his insults may have caused him.

“In an unguarded moment, I responded harshly to incessant unprovoked and malicious personal attacks from Mr. Chishimba Kambwili who repeatedly abused me publicly, but has also been invading my private space as he did in a recent phone call he made to me using a third party phone line,” Chanda said in a statement issued in his personal capacity on Thursday,

“Upon reflection, I regret that I should not have responded in the manner I did, despite the deep personal injury that his unwarranted attacks have caused both in my private and public capacities. My harsh response was definitely a moment of lapse in judgement in the face of relentless malice from a person with whom I have no personal offense whatsoever.”

He stated that he would no longer respond to the rebel Roan PF member of parliament but wait for the legal process to run its full course.

“Given that six months ago, Mr. Kambwili took me to court, and I counter-demanded against him in the same case over many of the false allegations he has made. I will no longer respond any of his provocations whatsoever. Instead, I will let the legal process to run its full course.”

Kambwili

In the past week Chanda and Kambwili have been involved in a slinging match that culminated in Chanda unleashing a torrent of unprintables in a phone conversation the latter recorded and made public.

The audio recording of Chanda calling Kambwili a dog and an HIV patient has since gone viral on social media.

Below is the recorded phone conversation:

Amos: Hello.

Kambwili: Iwe mwaice ulekwatako umuchinshi.

Amos: Iwe we mbwa ya muntu iwe Kambwili niwe ningakwatila umuchinshi? Nga walwala Sugar na nanikane, the doctors will tell you, iwe wakwata HIV/AIDS, tell the people. And it is not me who infected you. Ndekupela umuchinshi iwe wembwa iwe? (Can I have respect for a dog like you? you are suffering from HIV/AIDS, just tell the people. You want me to give respect to you a dog of a human being?)

Kambwili: Young man

Amos: Even your life, you are below that of a dog.

Kambwili: Young man…

Amos: Keep away from me, you have taken me to court, I have responded why can’t you wait? Those people you killed in order to steal metals, you can’t kill me. And this evidence I will put it before court, what is bothering you?

Kambwili: Ohoo?

Amos: Idiot! You have killed people in Chingola is it not true?

Kambwili: Ohoo?

Amos: Respond, not “ohoo”. Who is Deocious Kashimbaya? How did he die?

Kambwili: That is very good and that is what I wanted to record. Now I will take you on, I have recorded you.

Amos: Yes, you record. I have put it in court papers, what are you scared of?

Kambwili: That is very good. Now I will take you on.

Amos: That miner, kapokola ku Luanshya, ulya wa umine inshimbi ulya uwalemana ulya in order to steal metals. (The police officer you hit with a metal bar in Luanshya who is now disabled).

Kambwili: I have recorded you, that’s what I wanted.

Amos: I have been calling you on my phone here, I am with people here.

Kambwili: That’s what I wanted, now I have got you. Thank you very much.

Amos: Uli imbwa fye yamuntu iwe. Wali ipaya abantu and this I will take before court, what are you saying? (You are just a dog of a human being, you have killed people).

Kambwili: That’s very good, now I have got you.

Amos: Can you answer yes or no?

Kambwili: I have just told you that that’s the evidence I want from you. Ngumfwa kwati ba bepa fye nga ulelanda nomba nakuchita record mwaiche wandi and I will take you on, you will have to justify those things.

Amos: Straight away, even tomorrow.

Kambwili: You have done very well and my lawyers will be on it this afternoon, thank you very much intelligent young man, thank you.

[Phone cuts]

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