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Govt will not allow political commentators coming into Zambia – WinaBy Mirriam Chabala on 28 Oct 2017
We will no longer allow visitors who come to Zambia to insult government, says Vice-President Inonge Wina.
And Vice-President Wina says it is not true that PF secretary general Davies Mwila intimidated and criticized civil servants during his tour of Western Province.
Responding to a question from Bwana Mkubwa PF member of parliament Jonas Chanda who wanted to know what government was doing about unpatriotic Zambians who were tarnishing the country’s image by undermining government efforts in collusion with foreign sponsors, Wina said government would no longer entertain such characters in the country.
“Mr Speaker, on the 24th of October last week, we celebrated our 53rd independence anniversary and the theme this year was ‘celebrating our freedom for continued peace, unity, patriotism and development’. This was a befitting theme because these are values that we hold dear to our hearts but when we see people coming to our country, politicians who come to malign us, who come to discredit the government and we give them space, I think this is one of the few countries in the world where a political leader from another country can come into another country and, well I won’t say insult but then undermine and say all sorts of bad things about a system, about a government. Surely that is undermining the sovereignty of the state,” Vice-President Wina said.
“So the people who are friends to these foreign political leaders should tell them that this government will no longer allow visitors of that nature. They can go to other countries and carry out their activities there but not in Zambia any longer. Government has been very open, government has been very democratic that’s why characters of that type come to this country to do what they want to and get away with it, I thank you Mr Speaker.”
And Vice-President Wina said it was not true that Mwila intimidated some district commissioners among other civil servants during his tour of the North Western Province.
Wina was responding to Solwezi Central UPND member of parliament Stanford Mulusa who was charged that Mwila was politicizing the civil service.
“Mr Speaker I know that the secretary general of the Patriotic Front went to Western Province to meet party officials and this is exactly what happened in all the districts where he went. As for meeting civil servants, that report has not come to us, I don’t know which civil servants he met and I can categorically say that it was not on his programme meeting civil servants and I know it is not true,” said Vice-President Wina.
On October 21, Mwila asked District Commissioners and civil servants in newly-created districts staying in other areas other than designated ones to move and live with the people and or resign.
According to a statement issued by PF media director Sunday Chanda, Mwila said this after touring newly created Mitete District where the District Commissioner Alfred Muyato and other civil servants designated to the area are still working from Lukulu District across the Zambezi River.
“Why should people move from here to go and see their DC in Lukulu? The DC is supposed to be stationed here in Mitete so that you run to him with all your problems, I will give you an example, if there is any empowerment like women empowerment or youth empowerment, how do you get the forms?” asked Mwila.
“Because you may think that government is not working but we are working, there are programmes, what about social cash transfer? How does he monitor that? We are talking about village funding, you can’t know because the officers are in Lukulu, how do you know? The issue of civil servants, who is going to supervise the teachers? Because once the DC is here, even the civil servants who are misbehaving, I can tell you they will change.”
About Mirriam Chabala
Mirriam Chabala is a Zambian journalist who covers current affairs and writes in-depth feature articles on social issues.
Email: mirriam [at] diggers [dot] news
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