Mr. Shamenda says he cannot shield someone who is committing crimes and who has already been arrested by the Police after he himself instructed officials from his Ministry to investigate THE alleged sexual harassment of female employees at Games Stores in Lusaka.
In an interview with Qfm news Mr. Shamenda says if it was true that he was shielding Mr. Palan from prosecution, the Game Stores manager was not going sleep in Police cells after he was arrested.
He says this is why he thinks that people suggesting that he is shielding Mr. Palan are only being malicious.
The Labor and Social Security Minister has also clarified that he is not a personal friend of Mr. Palan like it has been suggested in some media reports.
He says his relationship with Mr. Palan was based on business only as does not actually know Mr. Palan that much to consider him as a personal friend.
Mr. Shamenda says it is for this reason that he also thought that each time Mr. Palan attended to him personally when doing his shopping on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Game Stores, Mr. Palan was only trying to be courteous.