by Mukosha Funga on 25 May 2018by Mirriam Chabala on 25 May 2018by Abraham Kalito on 25 May 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 25 May 2018
- Goal Diggers
by Mazuba Muleya on 24 May 2018by Abraham Kalito on 17 Apr 2018by Abraham Kalito on 10 Apr 2018by Mazuba Muleya on 20 Feb 2018
by Abraham Kalito on 24 May 2018by Stuart Lisulo on 24 May 2018by Stuart Lisulo on 23 May 2018by Mirriam Chabala on 23 May 2018
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 25 May 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 24 May 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 24 May 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 24 May 2018
- Editor's Choice
by Chibamba Kanyama on 25 May 2018by Diggers Correspondent on 18 May 2018by Nevers Mumba on 26 Apr 2018by Anand Rajaram and Miljan Sladoje on 4 Apr 2018
by Diggers Editor on 24 May 2018by Diggers Editor on 23 May 2018by Diggers Editor on 22 May 2018by Diggers Editor on 19 May 2018
by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 24 May 2018by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 15 May 2018by Felix Kashweka on 14 May 2018by Thomas Mulenga on 7 May 2018
- Guest Diggers
by Kalaki on 24 May 2018by Sishuwa Sishuwa on 21 May 2018by Chibamba Kanyama on 16 May 2018by Sishuwa Sishuwa on 14 May 2018
Govt projects inspired by kickbacks, not necessityBy Diggers Editor on 28 Apr 2018
Bahati PF member of parliament Harry Kalaba who is also former minister of foreign affairs, has made very honest observations about the nature of ‘developmental’ projects we have in Zambia.
“We are doing projects in this country, not because the projects are important, but because somebody will get a kickback. Are you telling me it was in order to start another international airport even before you look at the issues obtaining in the schools? Our sustainable development is political sustainable development; it is politicians sustaining themselves; as long as they can sustain themselves and have more dollars or more kwacha to fight their political opponents, they will stop at nothing. Those are the kind of politics that we should say no to,” Kalaba said.
He added that: “The foreigners have taken over this country! They are owning the land in this country; they are owing the businesses in this country; they are owning the means of production in this country and…ama Zambians abene bale tambako fye. (Zambians who are the owners of the land are just watching).”
Whether you like him or not, the soft-spoken man is raising a genuine concern. Indeed, the majority of developmental projects we are seeing in Zambia today are inspired by kickbacks and not necessity.
As a matter of fact, it is the contractors now who come up with proposals for developmental projects on behalf of the ministries, and government will allow the construction to go ahead depending on the bribe being offered, not the need for the said project. This is exactly what happened on the NRDC scandal where ministers blatantly told the nation that it was not government’s idea to build a modern city on the college land, but AVIC International proposed and Cabinet agreed.
This is how powerful the Chinese have become in our country because of the insatiable appetite for fast money among our politicians. When the Chinese admire a peace of land, they simply get it and start building without due consideration for the laws that govern this country. Whoever challenges them picks a fight with the government and is labeled an enemy of progress.
Just last week, a Chinese expatriate working for AVIC International told off Labour Commissioner Chanda Kaziya and walked out of a meeting when he was challenged to produce his work permit. Kaziya was questioning him if Zambians in China would be allowed to behave the way he was behaving in this country and the Chinese man defiantly answered back and later stormed out of the conference room, leaving the Commissioner perplexed.
This Chinese national who is working on the construction of housing units for the Prisons Authority in Kabwe is still in Zambia. No one has touched him for disregarding the office of the Labour Commissioner because he is more important to the PF government than the houses he is constructing. It is the pockets of these Chinese companies which are of interest to our politicians in government, but the projects they are constructing are just corruption conduits.
So when Harry questions the agency of having a bigger international airport when the current one is able to handle the little traffic, there can only be one logical answer – kickbacks!!
This is the same observation that Captain Alick Sakala who is chairman of the Zambia Professional Pilots Association made about the Zambia Airways project that the government is launching in October this year. He noted that there seems to be an egoistic need from the government to establish a national airline, just because the country now has a new airport coming up.
“Maybe that decision is good politically, it may bring in some votes. But economically, when we look at our figures, we don’t see how this national airline will be viable under a parastatal. In Asia, the airline profit per passenger is about US$9, in the USA it is about US$18, in the middle East it is about US$5 while in Africa it is -55 cents. That’s the net profit per passenger in Africa. That is why you cannot start a national airline using other people’s planes and other people’s pilots if you can avoid it,” he said.
According to Captain Sakala, Zambia Airways will be indebted from the first month of operation because it will be paying huge aircraft maintenance costs and flight crew salaries to Ethiopian Airways who are the owners of the aeroplanes that will be carrying the Zambian flag on the tail.
But while Sakala and other technocrats are warning government against this undertaking, Minister Brian Mushimba and his President are as determined as hell to take this liability to the sky. Where is the necessity in having a national airline when we are failing to get profitability from the national railway line, despite millions of borrowed dollars being invested in it? The answer is in Harry Kalaba’s observation – kickbacks!!
We know that this nonsense started from campaign funding. If we asked the Patriotic Front to show proof of records that they sent money to China for procurement of the campaign materials which have continued being imported since 2016, they will have nothing to show. But millions of campaign items arrive every other week from their Chinese allies.
That is why we are seeing an unprecedented influx of the Chinese who have flooded Zambia with fake and illegally manufactured products. Even when two or three are arrested and deported for conducting illegal business, 100 more coming to do the same business will arrive tomorrow at their new airport; which they are constructing for themselves. In fact, we might as well name it AVIC International Airport and write “Welcome to Junior China”.
About Diggers Editor
The Editor of News Diggers gets to decide what is published. Contact the Editor or send your letters at: editor [at] diggers [dot] news.
- Court rulings are not leaked to State House, they are made there - 24 May 2018
- What’s the point in having a voiceless running mate? - 23 May 2018
- Corruption must be treated as a crime against humanity - 22 May 2018
- Who will determine fake news? - 19 May 2018
- The misplaced anger of South Africans - 18 May 2018
Subscribe for email alerts
Weekly Most Digged
ArchivesJun0 PostsJul0 PostsAug0 PostsSep0 PostsOct0 PostsNov0 PostsDec0 Posts
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
The News Diggers
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
+26-097-7708285, 095-3424603, 096-5815078
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend