Politics

Chellah Hopes to Survive Purge

President Michael Sata’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations George Chellah is struggling to cling to his position inside the Patriotic Front government following the intense infighting that resulted in the firing of Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba and the falling out with Post newspaper editor Fred M’membe.

According to an impeccable source within the ruling party, Chellah was recently given a sharp warning on selling out sensitive State House intelligence briefings and leaking confidential documents.

The source says that First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba, whose influence in the PF has quickly risen due to the president’s ill health, was the one who came down very hard on Chellah for having leaked sensitive documents to his former employer, M’membe.

Kaseba allegedly told Chellah to “reflect on what he is doing and see if it is right,” the source says. Kaseba warned that Chellah will not be allowed to attend any cabinet meetings or have access to the daily intelligence briefings providing by OP if he continues to behave in such a manner.

President Sata has not been able to personally receive the daily intelligence briefings in some months now, so the reports are usually delivered to the Minister of Defence and Minister of Justice and Secretary General of the PF Edgar Lungu, who then passes the reports to Chellah for delivery to the Head of State at his home. Evidently, the source says, some of these intelligence briefings end up getting leaked outside of State House.

The reason for the government’s displeasure with Chellah is the perception that he was “owned and operated” by the cartel of Kabimba, Mutembo Nchito, and M’membe, which including the leaking of numerous confidential documents. Chellah is also known to be a paid employee of the controversial Finance Bank chairman and cartel member Rajan Mahtani, the source says, whom he helped create the propaganda website “Zambian Intelligence News,” which has featured a regular stream of attacks against Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda and former Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM).

Now that Chikwanda and GBM are once again leading the PF party, both Chellah and Mahtani are believed to be the next targets to be sorted out after Kabimba and M’membe, the source says.

Since the purge of the cartel began, Chellah has been at the center of many disputes, including a dramatic confrontation with the president’s son, Mulenga Sata. His home has also been searched on multiple occasions by agents of the Office of the President Special Division, and there have been numerous meetings he has been isolated from and denied access to.

However there are many signals that Chellah will survive the infighting. His contract was recently renewed for a period of five years, and he has always been included in every delegation alongside the president, including the recent visit to New York. But President Sata is known to be volatile and unpredictable, the source says, so Chellah’s good fortunes could suddenly be reversed with little warning.

Chellah has separately been accused of amassing a small fortune through alleged corruption of his position, pooling enough cash to purchase several homes in Lusaka, Johannesburg, and London.

11 Comments

  1. meema

    Chella’s shelf life is dictated by the survival of his paymaster and not by 5 years contract that he signed.

  2. Nshiki

    Let him not pretend,after he leaves State house,he won’t have nothing to Post or sell as news on Facebook.The “Puppet Master” will receive him as per original contract to loan him to State House.

  3. Kamwale

    There is nothing wrong with Chella behaving transparently in accordance with the Republican Constitution. Though he might be a bad boy, he must be celebrated for making us enjoy our constitutional right to know what is going on. Criminals are secretive. The new government post PF will have to investigate the conduct of Banda, Mwanawasa and Sata governments against the constitutional principles. In particular, we want to know how much billions have been spent and how on treatment of Mwanawasa and Sata. Though Chella is also a thief, we shall turn him state witness.

    • mafuta

      The warning will not yield the anticipated results. Something else may work.

  4. Nshiki

    Hear,Hear,Hear,Sense,Sense,Sense!

    Are we going to grab and return his homes as well like Kapoko?

  5. Pastor

    Is the President Sata allergic of corruption? Then where has this simple Post Reporter Chellah gotten the money to buy estates in Europe and South Africa in thirty six months? He is living above his means and income. Be aware of this mole , especially now that the relationship with the Post is sour grapes, he has a recorder for daily briefing at bwinjimfumu. Remember what happened to Hon Chikwanda. “A vulture is a patient bird”.

  6. Trust me

    You know this is why I say this site thrives on rumours and lies, which will prove very difficult to win any credibility and sympathy with the public. Believe me when I say I work in the intelligence service myself and it is never allowed for anyone to get any intelligence briefing except the President alone. Not even the Vice-President and the Minister of Defence are allowed to receive any intelligence briefings. In fact it is mandatory that when the President is receiving the briefings he has to be alone with the DG in the meeting. So please stop lying and try to be truthful for once

    • Bob

      Are you implying that since Sata is sick and unable to work most of the time in the past 90 days + then there completely no intelligence briefings? Tell that to the gullible. Decisions in the interest of national security have to continue with or without your Sata sir

  7. katongo nsambe

    I am repeatedly getting skeptical of some of the Zambia Reports uch as this one. Just rumour mongering and nothing substantive Mr. Jere.

  8. Nshiki

    @Katongo Nsambe,
    You only go to a brothel if you want to fuck prostitutes!So if this site is for sick people then get the fuck out and leave it!

  9. CHAWANZI MUSOLE

    @TrustME and @KatongoNsambe, YOU ARE THE IDIOTS SLOWING DEVELOPMENT IN ZAMBIA. VERY FOOLISH!

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