Pilato: I’m Not For Sale, I’ve Lived My Life With Literally Nothing On Me

PILATO says he is not for sale as he has lived his life with literally nothing on him and plans to continue with such a lifestyle.

Pilato, the satirical musician whose real names are Chama Fumba, has gone into self-exile in South Africa following alleged threats on his life from the ruling party cadres and agents following the release of his Koswe Mumpoto song that criticizes the corruption in government.

In a Facebook posting yesterday, Pilato wondered why people made an issue out of a picture he took with UPND vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) whom he said he met at a shopping mall in South Africa.

The picture in question has gone viral on social media, with some PF officials, supporters and sympathizers alleging that Pilato’s stay in South Africa was being funded by the opposition UPND.

But Pilato stated that there was nothing wrong with him taking a picture with GBM and wondered how people could insinuate that he was in that country through sponsorship by the country’s biggest opposition party.

“I am not a man for sale, I have lived my life with literally nothing on me and I’m not scared to live like that again if that’s the price for being me. I was never raised in the shadows of too much money but in that of humanity. I value life and integrity more than money, that’s why I’m not up for sale. It is a known fact that the PF as a party and as a government have millions to give to anyone who is willing to do the donkeywork, so if I was about money, I would have been fighting to kiss their booties to get it. Ba UPND bane, if you have too much money to sponsor people like me, please sponsor me. It is true that this government has conspired with media entities and other cadreprenuers to rob our country. With your sponsorship, I will be able to speak out everyday. With your sponsorship I will be able to build myself a house so that I will not have to worry about rentals,” Pilato stated. “If you have a big budget for people like me, please there are several artists that have talked to me saying they are willing to speak for the people but are worried that they will be victimised and lose business in the end, they need that financial support. After all is said and done, I AM NOT FOR SALE, I am here not to make money but to make lives. I would rather speak my mind and remain poor than speak the mind of the oppressor and be rich.”

He further stated that PF media director Sunday Chanda was President Edgar Lungu’s pet.

“When Sunday Chanda (PF media director) made claims that I was sponsored by the UPND, I decided to keep quiet for one reason. Sunday Chanda and I are not on the same level; I speak my mind while he speaks the mind of another human being. When he was harassed and beaten at UNZA, I spoke for him. Sunday Chanda is just another pet for the President. He speaks for a salary. By speaking out, he earns his pay and sadly it doesn’t matter the level of stupidity in what he says, his job is just to say. I wish I had the courage like him to just say anything and earn some money,” Pilato stated.

“Coming to the Daily Nation, it’s surprising that a newspaper would carry such a lie as news story. I worked in the media for a good number of years and I do understand a few principles of credible journalism…So I was at the mall and met honourable GBM who was busy doing his shopping with the family. We greeted and took a picture and then the whole Daily Nation creates a story and flags it as their biggest news. To set the records straight…the UPND is not an illegal organisation in Zambia so if I was sponsored by them or anyone from the UPND, why would I keep it a secret? If receiving money from honourable GBM was scandalous or something, I wouldn’t want to be publicised; why would I even take a picture with him? I met the honourable GBM in a boutique at a mall…And I met Ambassador Emmanuel Mwamba at a very beautiful restaurant, why would I receive money from a boutique and not from a restaurant?”

He stated that the truest form of development happened in the mind and that the media should be in the forefront in this [aspect of] development of people.

“I do know my name is hot cake for peddlers of gossip but at the end of the day, your publication is losing credibility and only you know at what cost. If I received huge amounts of money, I would be the first to inform you; remember I am an artist and we love good things and being rich. What’s the point of hiding it when I have received it? Much of what slows me down is money, so if I had the UPND sponsoring me, I would have been more of what I am today. I would have had time to challenge the little scared human beings like Sunday Chanda and many others like him,” stated Pilato.

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