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Kambwili to mobilise opposition demonstrations against thieving govtBy Zondiwe Mbewe on 14 Feb 2018
NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili says he will soon mobilise opposition political parties and the Civil Society to start massive demonstrations against the thieving government.
And Kambwili says the NDC rejected PF deputy media director Antonio Mwanza’s demand to be paid a salary for joining the opposition party.
Meanwhile, Kambwili says the price of fuel keeps increasing because PF leaders make decisions in the tavern.
Speaking at a media briefing, Tuesday, Kambwili appealed to the opposition to start massive demonstrations against government saying President Edgar Lungu had become an embarrassment to the nation.
“My appeal to the people of Zambia is that we cannot continue keeping a thieving government. I feel sorry for the people that we have been taken for a ride for too long. I think I will have to engage president Hakainde Hichilema, president [Edith] Nawakwi, president Saviour Chishimba, even my elder brother ba [Mike] Mulongoti even if its a one man’s party and all those who call themselves opposition and Civil Society. We need to start massive demonstrations against this thieving government which can even tell you that ‘ubomba mwibala afwile ukulya mwibala elo kabili wilalyafye inseke’. Since independence this is the first time that we have seen this unprecedented level of theft and corruption by a government supported by their own President,” he said.
“So, people of Zambia we must start massive demonstrations. Secondly, I want to appeal to all the MPs that it is now time that we took in the impeachment motion. I know I have spoken to a number of PF MPs who have agreed with us that its high time this man was impeached. Look, he has become an embarrassment to the nation. Every time I say President Lungu is corrupt, he runs a government of thieves, some people don’t take me seriously. But you know how God works? What happened on the Copperbelt, God descended in his head and told him ‘please can you expose yourself, I don’t want to expose you’. So I’m vindicated. I’m extremely happy that at long last we have been vindicated that we have a thief for a President. I’m sorry if people think [that] by saying President Lungu is a thief, it’s an insult. I’m only calling the man for who he is. I can tell the people that in Bemba and in English, calling somebody a thief is not an insult.”
And Kambwili charged that President Lungu was the worst President the country had ever had.
“This country, if you are expecting any development that will trickle down to the ordinary people, then you are cheating yourselves. Because President Lungu while on the Copperbelt announced that his economy is doing very well. They have done extra ordinary good, they are doing very well, all the parameters are okay. Now if he has rated himself at that level, do you expect him to improve? And by the way he even goes to compare himself with [Levy] Mwanawasa. The other time he says ‘people are saying Mwanawasa did very well [but] me I’m better than Mwanawasa. Iwe Lungu can you be better than Mwanawasa? What an insult to the dead. Mwanawasa never pilfered, to the contrary he fought corruption. Yes you are better than Mwanawasa, in terms of corruption, there we will agree. But if you are talking about looking after this country, my brother you are the worst President this country has ever seen. Elo kabili iwe ukachula sana, ukayafwila ku jail, you will die in jail,” Kambwili said.
He also said NDC refused to employ Mwanza.
“Yesterday I was listening to this young man who has been born again from the opposition to ruling party called Antonio Mwanza. He was saying ‘ba kambwili is crying because he was fired’. Antonio Mwanza approached us to join us. He came to negotiate for a salary position and we told him that we don’t offer salaries. All our operations as NDC is voluntary. He told us ‘I will get back to you very soon’ and that’s how he went to PF and they offered him a salary. So please forgive Antonio Mwanza, the young man suffered. From the the time he finished school he had never found any job. So people of Zambia do not listen to these boys who have no political history, who have nothing to offer but they work for their pockets,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kambwili said the price of fuel kept increasing because the Patriotic Front leaders made decisions in the tavern.
“You were boasting that ‘we have reduced the price of fuel’, tell us today, boast nakabili tumfwe. So now that the price of fuel has gone up you are not doing alright, isn’t it? If you are a pro poor government, certainly you cannot do away completely with subsidies. You can’t just say because OPEC has increased the price of crude oil then automatically you increase your fuel in the country. It doesn’t work out that way. Immediately you increase the price of fuel everything, the price will increase. You have said you are pro poor, you can subsidise the fuel for a short period of time but because ama decision yakupangila mu tavern, ninshi namukolwamo, nififine (but because decisions are made in the tavern, when you are drunk, this is the outcome),” said Kambwili.
About Zondiwe Mbewe
Zondiwe is a vibrant young Zambian journalist who has interest in writing political and current affairs on issues which affect every Zambians. She draws inspiration from journalists who stand for what is right and are not afraid to tell and show the truth to the people.
Email: zondiwe [at] diggers [dot] news
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