GOOD MORNING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MEMBERS OF THE PRESS
WE HAVE CALLED A MEDIA BRIEFING TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW ISSUES OF CONCERN TO THE PARTY AND TO THE NATION.
THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF OUR PARTY MR. DAVIES CHAMA INFORMED THE NATION IN A PRESS STATEMENT ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGNS.
THE PF PRESIDENT, HON. EDGAR LUNGU WILL ON SATURDAY 13TH DECEMBER 2014, AMONG OTHER ACTIVITIES, HOLD A PUBLIC RALLY IN MONGU, WESTERN PROVINCE.
ON SUNDAY, 14TH DECEMBER 2014, HE WILL BE HOLDING A PUBLIC RALLY IN LUSAKA AT THE MANDEVU GROUNDS.
OUR CAMPAIGNS ARE GOING ON WELL SO FAR. PRESIDENT EDGAR LUNGU HAS DIRECTED THAT THE CAMPAIGNS SHOULD REMAIN PEACEFUL, ORDERLY AND VIOLENCE-FREE. SO FAR WE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THIS DIRECTIVE HAS BEEN ADHERED TO BY OUR MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS.
WE WILL SPEAK TO SOME SPECIFIC ISSUES.
1. USE OF PUBLIC RESOURCES- PRESIDENT EDGAR LUNGU HAS REITERATED THAT THE PARTY WILL USE ITS PARTY RESOURCES TO CONDUCT THIS CAMPAIGN. THIS IS TO PROMOTE A FAIR AND EQUAL PLAYING FIELD. HE HAS CALLED UPON WELL WISHERS, FRIENDS OF THE PARTY AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO CONTINUE RENDERING THEIR SUPPORT SO THAT A SUCCESFUL CAMPAIGN IS HELD AND THAT WE ATTAIN VICTORY FOR OUR PARTY.
2. VISIT TO ZIMBABWE- AND OTHER COUNTRIES- YESTERDAY I ACCOMPANIED THE PRESIDENT OF THE PATRIOTIC FRONT, HON EDGAR LUNGU TO HARARE TO MEET HIS EXCELLENCY DR. ROBERT MUGABE, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE. AS YOU ARE AWARE PRESIDENT MUGABE IS ALSO THE PRESIDENT OF ZANU-PF, A SISTER PARTY TO THE PF.
THE MEETING WAS MEANT TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TWO LEADERS TO BRIEF EACH OTHER ON THEIR RESPECTIVE JUST ENDED PART CONFERENCE AND CURRENT ISSUES AFFECTING THE TWO PARTIES. AS THE FIRST CONTACT AS RESPECTIVE PARTY PRESIDENTS, THE TWO RENEWED THEIR COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE COOPERATING.
PRESIDENT EDGAR LUNGU TOOK TIME TO BRIEF PRESIDENT MUGABE ON THE EVENTS LEADING TO HIS ELECTION AS WELL AS AFTER THE ELECTIONS. HE EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT ZAMBIA’S DEMOCRACY HAS MATURED AND THAT POLITICS HAVE BECOME POSITIVELY COMPETITIVE. HE ASSURED PRESIDENT MUGABE THAT UNITY IS RETURNING TO THE RULING PARTY.
THIS MEETING WAS IMPORTANT IN MANY RESPECTS INCLUDING THE FACT THAT AS CHAIRPERSON OF SADC, PRESIDENT MUGABE WAS ASSURED THAT THE ELECTIONS SHALL BE HELD IN A FREE AND FAIR ENVIRONMENT. THROUGH HIM THE REST OF THE MEMBER STATES SHALL ACCORDINGLY BE ASSURED. AS AN IMPORTANT NEIGHBOUR, OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ZIMBABWE WERE ALSO ASSURED AS SUCH.
ALLOW ME TO DISPEL SOME REPORTS YOU MAY HAVE READ IN THE MEDIA. DURING THE MEETING, THE ISSUE OF FUNDING FOR THE PF WAS NEVER DISCUSSED. I WISH TO CONFIRM THAT THE PF HAS RECEIVED AND CONTINUES TO RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM LOCAL WELL WISHERS. THE NEED FOR EXTERNAL HELP IN THIS REGARD WILL NOT ARISE.
THE PF HAS CONFIDENCE IN THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM AND PARTICULARLY IN THE MEN AND WOMEN TASKED WITH THE DUTY OF MANAGING THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION. I THEREFORE, EXPECT THAT WE SHOULD ALL HAVE THIS CONFIDENCE AND BE READY TO ACCEPT THE OUTCOME OF THE 20TH JANUARY, 2015 POLLS.
BUT REMEMBER THAT OUR PARTY WENT THROUGH A SAD PERIOD OF WRANGLING AND WE NEED TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE ISSUES ARE NOW BEHIND US.
ON A LIGHTER NOTE I WISH TO REPORT THAT PRESIDENT MUGABE IS WELL AND IN HIGH SPIRITS AND THAT HE CONVEYED GOOD TIDINGS TO THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA. ON BEHALF OF PRESIDENT LUNGU AND ON MY OWN BEHALF, I AGAIN THANK PRESIDENT MUGABE FOR RECEIVING US AND TAKING TIME TO MEET US.
3. PAYMENTS TO FARMERS- WE HAVE SEEN THAT CERTAIN POLITICAL ELEMENTS WANT TO EXPLOIT THE ISSUE RELATING TO THE MONIES OWED TO OUR FARMERS BY THE FOOD RESERVE AGENCY(FRA). GOVERNMENT HAS SINCE RELEASED THE MONIES AND OUR FARMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE BEING PAID. WE SHOULD ALSO STATE THAT THE MONIES OWED INCLUDES PAYMENTS TO TRANSPORTERS FOR DELIVERY OF INPUTS AND TRANSPORTING OF THIS PRODUCE. INFACT, PAYMENTS ARE SO FAR ADVANCED THAT WE WILL CLEAR THE BACKLOG OF PAYMENTS SOON.
TO THIS EFFECT, GOVERNMENT IS ALSO RELEASING SOME MORE PAYMENTS THIS WEEK TO HELP CLEAR THE OUTSTANDING PAYMENTS. YOU ARE AWARE THAT AGRICULTURE IS OUR TOP PRIORITY. WE RECOGNISE THAT AGRICULTURE PROMOTES ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE FOR OUR PEOPLE AND HELPS LIFT OUR PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY.
WE HAD DELIVERED ALL FERTILISER REQUIRED FOR THIS SEASON AT PROVINCIAL AND DISTRICT DEPOTS BY OCTOBER 2014. WE HAVE REVIVED THE NITROGEN CHEMICALS OF ZAMBIA, (NCZ) A COMPANY THAT WAS CLOSED FOR TWENTY YEARS. THIS HAS PROVIDED JOBS IN KAFUE AND HAS OPENED AN AVENUE OF BUSINESS FOR OUR PRIVATE SECTOR. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY THIS HAS REDUCED THE COST OF MONEY SPENT ON IMPORTING THESE FARMING IN-PUTS.
I AM NOW AVAILABLE FOR A FEW QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE ON THIS PARTICULAR MATTER. I THANK YOU.
GOOD MORNING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MEMBERS OF THE PRESS
10th December, 2014
Mr. Kachunga E Simusamba
The Secretary General
RE: IN RESPONSE TO YOUR PRESS STATEMENT
I write to express my disappointment for your emotional response on the questions we had raised in our press statement dated 7th December 2015. It appears that you were overtaken by emotions and so you addressed most of the points in fallacies and not coherently as we had asked.
Firstly, I would like to say that we are not singling any one political leader out. Zambian Voice will be challenging all parties about financial transparency issues.
Our questions to Mr. Hakainde Hichilema were very direct. He is the leader of your party. As such we expected Mr. Hichilema to respond to the questions we had put before him. However, Mr. Hichilema decided to avoid our questions for reasons we can only speculate about.
Maybe Mr. Hichilema thinks he might implicate himself by directly dealing with our issues; or maybe the truth is overwhelming to him and so he is too embarrassed to admit publicly that he is receiving money at a cost that Zambians might have to pay for in future.
It could also be that Mr. Hichilema is too bureaucratic and majestic to engage simple and ordinary people like ourselves, or maybe he does not just care about people’s concerns since he is so powerful as one of the leading Presidential candidates.
Anyway we will not judge Mr. Hichilema for refusing to answer our question for now, because he might do so in the near future.
In our statement, we never in anyway implied that we are Law enforcers to oblige Mr. Hichilema to respond to our questions, but a mere civil society organization that promotes good governance, justice and human rights to enhance quality of life for all Zambians.
In your response you have given us a lecture that there is no law that prohibits political parties from soliciting funding from anywhere they so wish. We appreciate your counsel and we are cognisant of this fact already. However we seem to differ on ethics of fundraising and acceptance of gifts or sponsorship pertaining to those who aspire to serve in public offices, especially the highest office of the land.
Our view is shared with Mr. Henry Kyambalesa, a Zambian academic currently living in the City and County of Denver in the State of Colorado, USA. Mr. Kyambalesa wrote to us in response to you; that there is no shortage of financiers with personal, corporate, partisan, and/or shady external interests who are willing to provide financial support to political parties and their candidates, especially during political campaigns.
Political parties and candidates for elected positions in government have a civic and moral obligation to disclose the names of individuals, organizations, and/or countries providing them with financial and/or material support.
It does not really matter whether or not there is a law requiring political parties and their candidates to disclose the main sources of their funds. Any well-meaning political party or candidate that wishes to serve our beloved country and its people should oblige if and when requested to provide such information.
There is a need for political parties and their candidates seeking to form government not to be arrogant or stubborn in their handling of this matter.
Voters may wish to know the sources of the huge amounts of material and/or financial assistance rendered exclusively to any political party or candidate for use during political campaigns.
This is a reasonable expectation considering the potential for such assistance to lead to what is referred to as “state capture”—that is, a situation that obtains when a powerful organization exerts undue influence (often through illicit means) on its host country’s state institutions, laws, regulations, and/or policies.
Or, in other words, the extent to which organizations make illicit and non-transparent private payments to public officials in order to influence the generation of laws, rules, regulations, or decrees by government leaders or institutions.
Ultimately, “state capture” can lead to the initiation of projects and programs, and the generation of socioeconomic policies, that are in the best interests of external parties providing campaign funds in contravention of the interests of our beloved country and its people.
Beside Mr. Kyambalesa’s points above it raises serious concerns if the alleged sponsors have been cited in relation to dubious dealings in other Countries.
The allegation that Mr. Hichilema and other opposition leaders were flown to the Oppenheimer family’s luxurious Tswalu game reserve in South Africa for meetings with some power brokers in Africa such as Mr. Ivor Ichikowitz, the founder of Paramount Group is serious. Paramount Group which specialises in arms and aerospace contracts in Africa.
Paramount Group was mentioned in the USD$145 million (K927,881) deal involving former President of Malawi Joyce Banda over a jet. The deal was later cancelled by the Malawi government because it was “illegal and expensive,” according to the source within the finance ministry in Malawi.
Mr. Hichilema has also been linked to the Brenthurst Foundation, the think-tank established by the Oppenheimer mining dynasty in South Africa. The director of Brenthurst, Dr Greg Mills, is alleged to be a personal friend of Mr. Hichilema.
We appreciate and encourage inter-party dialogue but we are not talking about simple interactions between two political leaders. The meeting is alleged to have been about scheming how to dislodge the PF even before Sata was buried. Of course there is nothing wrong in opposition scheming how to win an election, but where it involves foreigners with a reputation of making big deals with governments like in Malawi, it becomes worrisome.
We tried to verify some of the facts and we confirmed that Mr. Hichilema and Dr. Mumba as well as Rupiah Banda had been in South Africa on and during the days when these meetings are purported to have taken place.
We also came across a contract which is believed to have been brokered by Mr. Hichilema and these foreigners, but backfired because RB refused to be part of the deal.
Coincidently, shortly after the meetings the public was treated to live TV and radio coverage where moneys like K86,000 was paid to secure airtime. Such money was paid by Dr. Nevers Mumba, a party President who in the recent past was asking for better salary and other incentives for him to survive. We ask how he could afford to do this?
We also saw a nice chopper worth about USD$287,000 (K1, 836.56) flying around like a motor bike carrying Mr. Hichilema and his campaign team. These are assets that cost money even for a rich man how has not shown so much of open handedness to share with the majority of our poor people.
Sir, when we talk about the issues concerning privatization and the shareholdings of Mr. Hichilema, it is not about an issue of criminality. We simply want to appreciate the competence of Mr. Hichilema in handling national assets.
We want him to explain with pride how he managed privatizations and how he got shares in the same companies he sold on behalf of Zambians. This is the experience he is bringing on the table if he gets to State House.
I would like to emphasize that these questions we are asking are not to malign Mr. Hichilema. We are simply seeking transparency about how all politicians are raising money, we are endeavoring to make all our candidates accountable to the citizens they serve with regard to the mortgaging of our future to their financiers.
Mr. Hichilema is the one we have most information on hence questioning him this time around. We can assure you that if we get more information about others or if someone (including you) has additional information then we will be ready to bring it out in the same manner.
It is a disappointing feature of Zambian political culture, that when our representatives are confronted with serious questions regarding public interest, the first instinct is to get emotionally charged and evasive behaviour, insults, attacks, and even indirect threats
This is not the behavior of a statesman. This is not the sort of responsibility and sincerity we need from our leadership class. For the sake of Zambia’s national interest, I pray that we can improve.
We also pray that Mr. Hichilema will address these issues to show that he is not mortgaging this nation and he is a honest man. Otherwise we will keep talking about these issues.
CC: Mr. Hakainde Hichilema
The Zambian Voice Press Statement Current Political Campaigns and Political Funding by Foreign Business Interests
As an organisation that promotes good governance, Justice, Human Rights and quality of life for all Zambians, we are would like to engage with our people during this crucial time of Presidential elections.
During this Presidential election we have seen an unprecedented number of people, aspiring for Presidency. This can be a sign of our growing democracy, fifty years after independence. However, most of these candidates that floated their names for Presidency did not seem to be aspiring to serve the Zambian people but the insensate desire for power. Because of this high appetite for power they subjected the citizens to such anxiety of political and economic strife. These politicians particularly in the ruling party Patriotic Front (PF) and Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) wrestled for power like treasures to benefit them personally.
We would like caution political leaders not to personalize political parties like private entities because it is against democratic tenants. The sense of entitlement to the party should not be by affinity but collective to all members. Ascension to leadership should not be about individual anointment but consensual selection by members. What pride can a leader enjoy if his power is acquired by arm twisting?
We urge all Zambians to be vigilant during this time of elections so that they don’t fall victim of political deceptions. The citizens should scrutinize all Presidential candidates in this elections and ask them to explain any clandestine activities or character on them. In this regard the media need to offer balanced coverage of all aspiring candidates while posing those tough questions on behalf of the citizens.
Zambians should not just vote for a politician because he/she is surrounded by so many people who mostly are job seekers. Popularity of a person does not necessarily mean integrity, or political acumens and quality. Zambians need to look for a mature leader who will look at their interest and has a vision for Zambia. Politics is about benefits, but such benefits should not just be limited to the elected but also the electorates.
It must also be borne in the minds of Zambians that we will soon have another election in less than two years, so those promising drastic policy change must be checked with the probability of time and global economic trends on how things happen. What we need is a caretaker to stabilize, correct and maintain policies so that we land in 2016 safely then chose a leader who will start afresh.
But many politicians are overlooking this fact; instead they are doing everything possible to get power. As an organization we are concerned with abrupt cash gate that has opened up during this campaign. All of a sudden we are seeing huge spending to support political activities.
Just when President Sata died, debate ensued about the PF convention. It was argued that PF has no money to hold the convention. However, the convention happened without any disclosure of where the money came from. Zambian Voice would like to ask the PF to review who funded their convention which ran for about five days? About seven thousand people attended that convention and many received money.
There are a number of questions that we will be asking the leadership of PF and other parties as well to maintain transparency and security of our Nation. We are aware that politicians are mortgaging this Country to foreigners to attain power. We are extremely concerned about this and we promise to expose all political leaders getting monies from foreign powers because we believe nothing come for free. We need to maintain our independence but it would be folly for us to expect our leaders to be reign over our resources freely when they have indebted themselves heavily from foreign powers.
We have received information linking the United Party for National Democracy (UPND) and the foreign mining company Anglo American. A story was even published by Africa Confidential on 17th November 2014 claiming that Hakainde Hichilema has been chosen by Anglo American and other foreign interests as their preferred candidate. The article said that Hakainde Hichelima met with these foreign interests and power brokers to seal the Presidency of Zambia.
It is in the interests of the nation and Mr. Hichilema himself to address the following issues:
Mr. Hichelima must disclose the true nature of his relationship with Anglo American and other South African business interests whom he has been meeting in the recent past.
We have been informed that the UPND campaign is being funded by foreign powers and international companies. We want Mr. Hichelema to disclose these funders and what is being promised in return to these people and companies.
It has also been revealed to us that the same group of South African commercial interests met with the UPND leader and Dr. Nevers Mumba in November here in Zambia at a named Lodge. The nation must be told what was discussed and what deals were made between them all.
Other questions that Mr. Hichilema must answer now include:
- What financial interests does Mr. Hichilema have in regard to Anglo American?
- In the interests of transparency, Mr. Hichilema must publish his financial affairs and various shareholdings for the Zambian people to see so that he is not accused of defrauding Zambians if he is elected as President – will he do so?
Further to the above issues, there are questions about Mr. Hichilema’s role in the sale of Zambian assets that were sold cheaply to foreign interests, who have resurfaced to sponsor some political leaders. Such companies include Lima Bank and Hotel InterContinental in Livingstone. It has been reviewed that actually Mr. Hichilema has shares in some of these companies he privatized.
We demand that Mr. Hikainde shade more light on how he handled the privatization process of Roan Antelope Mining Corporation, Kagem Mine.
It is also important for the Zambians to know how Mr. Hikainde will wriggle out of conflict of interest in some of these companies where is has shares and those that are supporting him like the Anglo American the giant conglomerate that has returned in Zambia?
Mr. Hakainde should explain the issues raised above so that he does not cry foul when we start speculating publicly.
It is common knowledge that at times we may elude the law but that does not make us credible especially if we want to ascend to the top most office of the Country. Mr. Hikainde (and all other candidates) as a person aspiring for public office has an obligation to explain the issues we have raised and explain how he even got his worth which he must declare.
We also hope the PF, through Dr. Guy Scott, will tell us where they got the money to sponsor the convention as soon as possible.
It would also be good for Edgar Lungu to disclose who is funding his campaigns before we start speculating publicly.
As student across this nation we have not endorsed any individual politician whether in in government or the opposition party. As Zambia National Students Union we shall not allow students to be used as tools of political propaganda, violence, and cheap politicking. Currently we are looking at three critical issues affecting the Zambian people, the wage freeze, students’ loan scheme, and the Zambia draft constitution road map being the major concerns.
Presidential candidates should fulfil their word, because any false promises on the Zambian people and students, time will catch up with you and students will not be a force to reckon with. Politicians should not be cheated that students can be bought but rather conduct their campaigns with objectivity.
I would like to appeal to the leadership of higher learning institutions to use their myopia wisely and not to forsake their mandate of representing students interest and stop chasing after politicians. Students are being arrested, victimised, our duty as leaders is to provide leadership and speak against vices not in the bes interest of the students, community, and safe guard the values of demonstrations before it loses its meaning.
On behalf of students from Chipata Trades, Evelyn Hone College, NIPA, Mpika College of Agriculture, The Copperbelt University, Livingstone Institute of Business Studies, Mansa Trades, UNILUS, Mongu Trades, Rusangu University, Nortec, Mulungushi university, ZIBSIP, Mukuba University, Mufulira School of Nursing, UNZA and other high learning institutions as students our role is to provide guidance, checks and balances for the betterment of mother Zambia. We are an energetic and dynamic force on who depends the future destiny of our mothers, fathers, and the children’s to come, safe guarding our goals, objectives, interest, unit of purpose and shared aspirations.
We would also like to advise all the youths cut across this nation not to be used as tools or propellers of political propaganda but choose a credible leader who shall address our concerns and other challenges.
HUMPHREY MILANDILE MWENYA
COBUSU – PRESIDENT ELECT
The PF has no official candidate yet and is already behind by 10 days as Hakainde Hichilema of the UPND and the other Opposition leaders are engaged in a fully fledged nationwide campaigns.
Scott was speaking when he visited the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) Thursday Afternoon. He said he was verifying reports he received that a group of people wished to cause violence at the Conference.
But this contrary to earlier reports by Minister of Home Affairs, Ngosa Simbyukula who stated that the Police had sent to Kabwe enough officers to maintain law and order and to ensure that the Conference was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.
Simbyakula had also assured that metal detectors will be placed at entrances to ensure that no individual went in the Conference grounds with any offensive weapons.
And Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani also assured that the police will place various security check points to ensure that only delegates and accredited persons travel to Kabwe.
JUSTICE IREEN MAMBILIMA SHOULD TAKEOVER AS ACTING PRESIDENT IF PF DOES NOT CHOOSE A PRESIDENT THIS WEEKEND TO AVOID GOVERNANCE CRISIS
Since the death of President Michael Chilufya Sata on 28th October, 2014, we have observed political machinations in jostling for Presidency of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party. The political agitations have publicly exposed the PF on the weakness of their constitution and the power appetite among its members which has almost split the ruling party.
While this is an intra-party issue, The Zambian Voice, is concerned that if the issue is not handled well, it has a potential to spill over to the general citizenry of Zambia.
It is also common knowledge that Zambian stakeholders are watching with keen interest to see how the PF crosses to the other side of Post-Sata era and governance.
The success of the PF general conference lays in the following of the constitution and transparent electoral process. We commend the Vice President Dr. Guy Scott who has led his members who are anxious with a huge appetite for power. Dr. Scott has clung to the constitution every step of the way. His leadership has kept the Zambian citizens at ease.
For the sake of democracy and transparency the Acting President of the PF together with the PF Electoral chairperson Ms. Sylvia Masebo, should immediately publish the list of their members who are going to the conversion and outline the process so that, their members and the general citizens will appreciate their effort to conduct a free and fair election in the PF.
Lack of consensus on a Presidential candidate in the PF a poses a risk of not having elections on 20th January 2014 which will go against our constitution and therefore cause a governance crisis.
It is therefore imperative for the PF to put their house in order in the forthcoming general conference starting on 28th November 2014. All PF members should borne it in their minds that they have no two ways but to come up with one President who will contest the 20th January 2015 election otherwise they should be ready to hand over power to a ratified and sworn Deputy Chief Justice who is Justice Ireen Mambilima, since currently we have no ratified and sworn Chief Justice. Her Ladyship Justice Chibesakunda has only been acting and has constitutional issues pending in court, therefore she would not be on solid grounds to govern this Country. Justice Mambilima should takeover as Acting President to avoid governance crisis.
We also commend the security and defense chiefs for keeping and guiding the nation on security matters since we lost our President. We urge them to keep vigil to protect the sovereignty of the Country and its citizens. They should not allow anyone or a group of people to take advantages of the situation to compromise our security.
IMPASSE AT ZAMBIAN NATIONAL BROADCASTING SERVICE
We note with concern, the recent acrimony displayed between some government and PF leaders and the Board of the Zambia National Broadcasting Service Cooporation (ZNBC) over the latter’s operations.
We condemn visit of the Minister of Youth and Sport, Hon Chishimba Kambwili and senior PF members. It is more disheartening to even note that Hon. Kambwili is one of the Presidential candidates. We wonder if this is the leadership that is left of the PF and we are concerned as citizen to be lead by such emotional leaders.
We also concerned with the biased statement given by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information Mr. Chanda Kasolo. It is sad that the senior public servant seems to be gravitating more to politics other than serving the interest of the general public.
We would like to appeal to all public workers that they are there to serve the interest of the major stakeholders, who are the citizens of this Country. The general public invests in the running of the public institutions through the remittance of Taxes and therefore expects value for their money from its workers.
We commend the ZNBC board for their candidness to thwart political interference in the running of the cooperation. We urge them to continue preserving the interest of the cooperation, subsequently the interest of the citizens, who are above politicians and the public workers. Zambians’ interest should always come first and not political semantics.
God bless Mother Zambia.
For Guy Scott it is Business as usual. Convention is on this Weekend but the suspended members won’t attend.
Acting President Guy Scott says the central committee that met on Sunday afternoon formed a quorum and set Saturday this week as a date for the general conference at Kabwe’s Mulungushi Rock of Authority. The agenda will be to pick the party’s presidential candidate for the January 20, 2015 by-epection.
Scott said at a media briefing yesterday that the MCCs who convened at State House resolved to go for a general conference to ensure there are no short cuts in picking late President Sata’s successor.
“We held our second central committee meeting at State House today [yesterday]. Article 58(k) of the PF constitution states that an extra-ordinary conference be held to elect a party candidate.
“In that central committee meeting, we resolved that we hold a general conference this coming Saturday. We are going there on Friday and voting will take place on Saturday,” Dr Scott said.
He said the PF is bound by its own constitution and will not do anything to the contrary, which risks splitting the party.
He said those serving suspensions will not be allowed to attend the general conference until their suspensions are lifted.
Dr Scott said those suspended will have to answer charges before the disciplinary committee before they are cleared.
PF deputy secretary-general Anthony Kasolo said a quorum for yesterday’s central committee meeting was formed because 16 members who attended constituted the 50 percent constitutional requirement.
He said this number constituted 50 percent of the total number of MCCs, less the 16 that are suspended, leaving a total of 32.
Among the aspiring candidates who attended Dr Scott’s briefing are Chishimba Kambwili, Geoffrey Mwamba, Miles Sampa, Wylbur Simuusa and Mulenga Sata.
And Mr Kambwili has appealed to PF members to respect Dr Scott because he has the same powers which were vested in late President Sata by the party’s constitution.
He said all those that Dr Scott has suspended should not take their suspensions lightly because he is doing that in accordance with provisions in the party constitution.
On Saturday, Dr Scott suspended 16 members of the central committee. These are PF national chairperson Inonge Wina, government spokesperson Joseph Katema, Jean Kapata, Willie Nsanda, Stephen Kampyongo, Freedom Sikazwe, Obvious Chisala, Malozo Sichone and Benson Chali.
Others are Fabian Chiposo, Sylvester Mtonga, John Chisanga, Lazarous Bwalya Chungu, James Kapyanga, Mwenya Musenge and Rasford Mwale Chipolo.