NATIONAL Democratic Congress (NDC) leader Chishimba Kambwili has described the move by Luanshya Mayor Nathan Chanda to name a newly constructed police station after him as “childish”.
On Sunday, Chanda commissioned a newly constructed police station in Luanshya and named it ‘Nathan Chanda Police Station’.
But in an interview, Kambwili said Chanda’s move was wrong as there was a procedure which needed to be followed before naming infrastructure.
“I have built so much infrastructure in Luanshya, none of them was named after myself. To me that is desperation and childish. That is childish! You know, you name things after people who have done prominent things for the people. Usually when you do something, when you initiate something, it does not mean that thing should be named after you. That is very wrong. I don’t know what has happened. There is a procedure of naming schools or infrastructure, the procedure is that you ask the general public. You put a suggestion box and let people post those suggestions,” he said.
“When they post those suggestions, the name must be taken to be gazetted. Just because you are the one who brought the idea of building that police station, then you name it after yourself is very wrong. I would advise my young man and those in government to rescind that decision. There are a lot of people who have done great things in Luanshya who have not been named. What my young brother did is very wrong and should not be encouraged. Let the suggestion of naming something come from the people.”
Kambwili charged that Chanda was childish and needed to grow up.
“Imagine, Edgar Lungu has built so many things since Mr Sata died, are you going to name them Edgar Lungu? Mr Sata initiated these new projects, are they named Micheal Sata? That is very wrong! I think the young man is a little bit childish and he should grow up. Big people in government and in Luanshya should have advised him that this is very wrong. Even as I speak to you, the people in Luanshya are not happy to see that. They are not happy. You see I have built a mini hospital in section 25, a big project, I never named it Chishimba Kambwili. I have built a clinic at section four, I never named it Chishimba Kambwili. I spearheaded Kawama Clinic, I never named it Chishimba Kambwili. So the young man must be advised and guided,” said Kambwili.