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(From The Post (Zambia) - AAGM)
Byline: Noel Sichalwe
I expected to be acquitted, said former intelligence chief Xavier Chungu yesterday.
But Chungu was last night picked up from his Kabulonga residence and taken to Woodlands police station where he was re-arrested and jointly charged with Faustin Kabwe, Attan Shansonga and former president Frederick Chiluba for theft of public funds. He was later released on police bond.
Chungu, as he was being whisked away, said the state just wanted to keep him in prison at all cost.
Speaking after he was acquitted on five counts of theft of motor vehicle charges and seven counts of theft by public servant, Chungu said he expected to be acquitted because the state did not have evidence to secure his conviction.
"I expected something like what has happened today. I am therefore, very satisfied and comfortable with the ruling. I knew that I have not stolen. The state should learn from me on the need not to wrongfully incarcerate people," Chungu said. "I will be an example of those people who are incarcerated without any case. But I know that I am heading for another re-arrest."
Chungu said when incarcerating people, the state should be mindful that everyone had rights that needed to be protected.
"I am quite happy at the ruling but as members of the public …