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PF scared of my swelling popularity – KalabaBy Sipilisiwe Ncube on 14 Sep 2018
Bahati PF member of parliament Harry Kalaba says the PF sis scared of his swelling popularity.
And Kalaba says the time for his oppressors is slowly coming to an end because there will be no third term for them.
Meanwhile, Kalaba says it is frustrating that up to now, Secretary to the Cabinet Rowland Msiska has not yet given him the modalities of how he can pay back salaries and other emoluments he earned during his illegal stay in office as Foreign Affairs Minister.
He said this when he featured on 5FM’s Burning Issue programme, Thursday.
“Because I have passed through Kitwe and five people have come and mobbed me and they want to greet me and I am greeting them, they want to say I broke the law? And now they hear Kalaba how his popularity is swelling, they fear. So all we are saying is that we should remove politics out of the police,” Kalaba said.
“This is a game we are playing. Let us not play this game in the changing room. The PF behind the police should come out and go on the pitch. So now when I will be going to the Copperbelt, I will be making sure that I don’t ‘break the law with impunity’. I will be asking my people to get all the necessary permits and I know the Pubic Order Act very well. The Public Order Act is about holding public meetings in a public space.”
And Kalaba warned that the carpet beneath his oppressors has been swept away as there would be no third term for them.
“And I want to tell my supporters across the country that if it means being arrested for their cause, if it means being detained, inconvenienced for their cause, this is a battle I am prepared for. I actually provided for that when I was resigning. I knew I will be talking fearlessly. I knew the ramification of talking to a clique of people who think they own Zambia. I know that I am stepping on their toes and that they are uncomfortable with me, but here is what I am telling them that the carpet beneath your feet has been swept off, your time is up and there will be no third term,” Kalaba warned.
Meanwhile, Kalaba said Msiska had not yet told him how much he owed government.
“When the Constitutional Court ruled that ministers should return the money that they had illegally obtained during their stay in office, I was the only one to said I was going to pay the money back. I wrote to the Secretary to the Cabinet and even now if he is listening to me. I told him ‘give me the modalities of payment [because] I want to pay back, let me know how much I owe’ and up to now I have not been given that, but I did my part,” he said.
Asked to comment on the revised minimum wage for domestic workers, Kalaba said it was laughable for government to increase salaries of people it had not employed.
“It’s laughable. I mean, how do you increase salaries for people you have not employed? And you have even increased the salaries for civil servants, you have not increased salaries for those in the parastatals and you want people to begin paying higher wages. Where will the money come from?” asked Kalaba.
About Sipilisiwe Ncube
Sipilisiwe Ncube is a Zambian journalist with a background in radio news.
Email: sipilisiwe [at] diggers [dot] news
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