‘I can see you are playing a really dangerous game.’ He said
‘Well this is my country I can do anything that I feel is for the best.’ The president responded
‘You never learn do you? This is not your country, it is for the people.’ He answered him back before sipping on his bourbon
‘You cannot tell me what to do, the people put me into power which makes them under me. Whatever decisions I make is in their best interest.’ The president barked back
‘You still don’t get it? There is nothing more annoying than seeing a stray dog acting like a pet.’ He spat
‘I am a man of a few words, I will no longer take orders from you because I can do bad all by myself.’ The president responded as he blew a puff of smoke on his face.
The man turned around and held the president by the neck.
The officers came quickly and tried to pull him away.
‘I swear if these minions lay a hand on me I will bring state house down.’ He threatened his hands still holding him by the throat.
No body dared to move, the officers stood still not knowing if they should save there commander in chief or attack the perpetrator who seemed to have more power than the head of state. The only sound that was heard was that of the president’s heavy breath.
‘Put down your weapons.’ He ordered the officers
They looked at him disapprovingly
‘Try anything funny and I swear there will be a national mourning for the next two weeks.’ The man commanded
The officers slowly put their weapons down.
‘Good boys.’ He said with a smirk on his face
‘Now listen to me you ingrate, I have enough time on my hands to watch your soul bleed. I can kill you slowly and enjoy watching you beg me to stop. You will continue to do as I say, you will respect me and never will you ever raise your voice at me!’ the man barked in his ears
There was silence, the officer’s were too quite. Chills being sent down there spines
‘Yes we are clear.’ The president responded softly
‘Good.’ The man said with a smirk on his face.
He turned on his heels and stopped just half way.
‘I will not hesitate to bring your government down if you try anything funny.’ He said
He turned again to walk away and just then the President gave signs to one of his men to pull the trigger on the man.
He lifted his silencer and just when he was about to pull the trigger the man turned around; his hands both with pistols, he aimed one at the president, the other at the man with the gun.
The president’s face was now red with fear, his arms were shaking and he couldn’t stand still; the officer on the other hand was now lowering his gun.
‘I will blow your brains out before you can even think of bringing me down, I will make sure to take you down with me.’ He said in an angry voice as he pulled the trigger
‘Please do not let it go.’ The President begged fear written all over his face
‘What did you just say?’ the man asked
‘Please.’ The president pleaded again
The man let go of the trigger, the officers were now on their feet knowing the head of state wasn’t going to do anything to save them.
The man let out a chuckle when nothing came out of the guns.
‘Next time I will load it and you know I never miss a target.’ He said before walking out
‘Get out!!! All of you, and this remains in here. I will not hesitate to eliminate anyone who opens their mouth about what happened today, I will even eliminate everyone in your line of heritage.’ The president barked as he smashed things in his office
The men walked away as fast as they could, bumping into each other in the process.
‘Mr. President!’ Wane called out thirty minutes later
‘Wane leave me alone.’ He told her in his tipsy state
‘You need to take a shower, you have a press briefing in a few minutes.’ She told him picking up a few things that were disorganized
‘Wane I just want to drown in my sorrow, leave me alone.’ He said again
‘I am your next in hand, I will not allow you to destroy everything you have worked hard for.’ She told him as she locked the doors in case someone barged in.
‘Worked hard?’ he asked sarcastically
‘I don’t want to know which grave site you visited to get into power, we all have our skeletons safely locked away in the closets, I do not expect you to chicken out now.’ She told him as she helped him up
He couldn’t help but laugh.
‘I have no regrets about making you my vice, I always knew I could count on you.’ He told her as he rubbed her cheek
‘This is the alcohol talking.’ She said as she removed his hand
He was safe in his shower with her help and she cleaned up as quickly as she could. A few minutes later he was out looking fresh and as good looking as ever.
‘Here’ she said handing him a cup of strong tea
He took a sip from the cup and starred at her
‘Really Wane.’ He said
‘You need it, now drink up.’ She ordered swinging her hips as she moved about in the oval office.
He looked at her intently, he couldn’t stop starring. She was still as beautiful as she was back when they were in political school together over ten years ago. It was love at first sight, they had been in love and no one could separate them. But Wane’s father being a Prime minister at the time wanted nothing but the best for her; well every parent does.
‘But I love him dad.’ She had told her father
‘I have spent every hard earned money on you and you will not go against me by bringing a low life into our lives.’ Her dad had responded
‘He is the best student in our course, he has helped me with all my difficult subjects and I can guarantee you that we will live happily, not as rich as you and mum are but we will be happy.’ She had begged on her knees
‘Sir I love your daughter, I will do anything to make her happy.’ The young president then only in tartars and only a dream to his name had said also on his knees
‘Shut up young man! Wane your marriage is in a month. Get yourself together.’ His would have been father in law had barked at them both.
He walked away broken, his dreams of becoming a lawyer had faded as he watched Wane standing for many political positions with her powerful husband. He had thought of hating her but his heart was too soft towards her.
He worked for a private company as an auditor for a year until one client saw potential in him and made him who he is today. Immediately he got into power he made Wane his vice, much to her father’s regret but she couldn’t turn the position down. Chat MartinMartino on zero eight one eighty thirty fourteen twenty one to be added to his WhatsApp group.She had grown into a fine woman, wife and mother but her heart was still with the President.
‘Mr. President!’ she called out
‘Sorry you were saying?’ he asked realizing he had zoned out on her
‘We are ready for you.’ She said as she held the door for him
He walked out of the oval office with her trailing behind him, if anyone didn’t know better they could have guessed that they were a happily married couple.
He stood at the stand just outside state house where the briefing would take place. Wane went up and gave a little speech.
‘The president is ready to make his speech.’ She had concluded with
‘Fellow countrymen, I am very saddened at the new development that has reached us, the World Health Organization entrusted us with funds for the vulnerable children but among us were some people seeing a profit. In as much as I would want to protect my government, I cannot allow a traitor and a thief to sit and dine with me. We all know the story of Judas Iscariot.’ He paused
There was silence
‘Without taking much of your time, in my hands I have a signed letter by Mr. Kalenga Mumba; former Minister of Mafinga Constituency. In this letter he is acknowledging that he misused government funds for his personal benefits and also he has resigned.’ The President said before stepping down
‘We will only take one question.’ The Vice President announced
There were hands in the audience
‘Yes you, the lady in pink. State your name, media house and lastly your question.’ She had said
‘My names are Enesi Zulu, I am with Kwacha magazine. Is it true that state house sent an unknown lady to the business summit that the Former minister was attending?’ The lady asked
‘It is not true.’ Wane responded
‘Thank you very much for sparing your time.’ she had continued as she led the President back to his office
‘Wane’. The president whispered
‘Mr. President.’ She responded
‘Take that journalist down.’ He told her
‘Done.’ She responded
I ran as fast as I could, my boyfriend had put me up to this and we knew how dangerous it was. Just when I got outside I found ba Jacobs’s car waiting. He had become Kalenga’s right hand man after his former boss had died struggling with a stroke.
I jumped into the vehicle and we drove as fast as we could until we got to Kalenga’s warehouse.
‘Babe.’ He told me as he came towards me
‘Hai.’ I responded before brushing my lips on his
‘I was worried about you.’ He told me
‘You taught me well’. I responded before sipping on the vodka that ba Jacob had given me
‘What is the way forward boss?’ ba Jacob asked in his horsy but stern voice
‘We go for a kill, I know state house sent that lady that is parading as Ms. Katongo. My IT technicians have nothing on her which could only mean one thing.’ He responded
‘It’s either state house trusts her so much or maybe they just used her for that particular job.’ I responded
‘Well done babe, you are really getting into this staff.’ He told me
‘You make yourself useful and prepare us some food.’ Kalenga told me
‘Sure.’ I responded as I rushed to the kitchen
‘That girl is way too ambitious, she could be good for a while but her downfall is always deadly.’ Ba Jacob told me
‘And how do you know that?’ I asked him
‘In my line of business, I have seen so many ambitious girls. My former boss’ daughter is still rotting in jail because of such ambitions.’ he responded
‘Tell me about her.’ I told him intrigued
‘Nora was one ambitious lady, young, intelligent and beautiful. Well she wanted a man so badly, eliminated anyone who came in her path. Almost killed her best friend but the man turned out to be her brother.’ He told me squeezing the cup he had in his hands
‘Wait, the Kapembwa’s right?’ I asked
‘Yes, that useless boy Chard.’ He answered with anger in his eyes
‘I read about that story in the papers, my girl here Enesi covered it.’ I told him
‘She is really a journalist?’ he asked
‘Yes, I needed someone who can be able to dig up information without the state suspecting anything.’ I told him
‘So you used her?’ he asked
‘I am using her, she is so naïve to think that I would leave my wife for her.’ I told him before puffing on my cigarette
‘What will we do now?’ ba Jacob asked
‘I know someone who is with State house, he had impregnated a girl whilst in school and my mother being a doctor had helped with the termination of the pregnancy.’ I told him
‘That was one serious case.’ He told me
‘Well the Kunda’s owe us, this is there chance to prove their loyalty.’ I said as I got my phone to call Justin.
I was happy for my wife, she had done something I would have never thought of doing. She took the risk by making the Minister resign without his knowledge. He must be fuming with anger but I know the state will never release her information.
‘Hello.’ I said to the voice on the other end of the line when my phone rang
‘Justin, hasn’t it been forever?’ the voice asked
‘Sorry but who is this?’ I asked not recognizing the person
‘This is Kalenga.’ He answered excitedly
‘Kalenga?’ I asked surprised
‘Come on man, or should I say Lenga.’ He answered again
‘The name sounds way too familiar but I just can’t connect the dots.’ I answered truthfully
‘Lenga, remember my mother Dr. Mumba. She had helped your mother when you got that girl Linda pregnant.’ He told me
‘Oh my God Lenga, where have you been?’ I answered after remembering
‘I am around man.’ He answered
‘We should meet up some time, get to catch up for old times’ sake.’ I told him excitedly
‘Well listen dude, we can do that later but right now I am kind of in a fix and I need your help.’ He told me
‘Name it man, you know I have your back.’ I responded
‘Listen, so I got myself in a mix up and I want some information concerning a certain lady.’ He told me anxiously
‘Finding information about people isn’t so hard, don’t you have some technician guy to help you out?’ I asked looking for my computer so that I could help him out
‘Well, the thing is I believe this girl is being protected by some higher authority.’ He responded
‘Higher authority?’ I asked surprised
‘Listen man, I just lost my job. Not that I care but I just don’t appreciate some hot looking lady with brains to play me like that.’ He answered
‘What exactly do you want with her?’ I asked
‘Why do you ask?’ he asked back
‘Well from the way you have described her, looks like you have a hidden agenda.’ I told him
‘She is smart and beautiful, but I still need to know who she is. I will not rest until I know her.’ He told me with seriousness in his voice.
‘You are still with state house right?’ he asked after much silence
‘Yes.’ I answered not liking where the conversation was going
‘Okay so can you look up your system if you have a Ms. Katongo who paused as a YWCA social worker today?’ He told me
There was silence, not sure if I had heard the right thing.
‘Justin are you still there?’ he asked
‘Yes I am still here.’ I told him
‘Okay let me send you the photos I have then you can tell me the way forward.’ He said before hanging up.
I starred at my phone as I waited for the photos, after a few seconds my worst fears were confirmed. In my hands were photos of my wife.
After a while he sent me a text
‘I know you cannot let me down, you owe me one man.’ It reaD