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Shamenda defends PF’s recruitment of opposition

Time Posted: May 12, 2013 4:33 pm
Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda

Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda

The Labour and Social Security Minister, Fackson Shamenda who is also Ndola Central Member of Parliament says the Patriotic Front government is an inclusive government which wants to have ministers from all corners of the country.

Speaking when he addressed heads of government departments at Council chamber in Itezhi tezhi district yesterday, Mr Shamenda said there is nothing wrong for people from other parties scramble for government positions.

“There has been a lot of criticisms that we are causing by-elections by poaching opposition members of parliament. That is not true. The appointments are meant to ensure PF government has ministers from all corners of this country,” Mr Shamenda said.

He said that the party has a lot of Legislators whom it can appoint in various government positions but they are looking at inclusiveness.

“There so many good and hard working ministers like Dr Patrick Chikusu who is not being harassed by his party and he has continued working for the people of Zambia,” Mr Shamenda said.

He also said that his party cannot stop opposition members of parliament who want to join PF because they have a right to belong to any party.

Mr Shamenda also defended the appointment of more deputy ministers by his government saying that without them work would be very difficult for cabinet ministers.

“We need deputy ministers because those people help us a lot. We cannot be everywhere every time and deputy ministers help take government presence when cabinet ministers are not able to reach certain places where government presence is required,” he said.

And Acting Senior Agriculture officer, Petronela Lubasi said that government has not been confirming people who have been acting for a long time.

Ms Lubasi said that many people have upgraded their qualifications but have not been elevated or confirmed and have been acting perpetually.

But Mr Shamenda said that government is working out modalities to address those issues adding that public services will now be an enviable place to work in due to continuous PF government’s policy to improve conditions of civil servants.

He said that the government from September will be paying their lowest worker K3,200 and challenged private institutions to match up with the government standard on paying their workers.

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    flag Nubian Princess says: Nubian Princess
    May 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm |

    Is Shamenda Government spokesman now?

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      flag Chilinga says: Chilinga
      May 13, 2013 at 9:48 am |

      Shamenda should be ashamed of himself.How many FOUNDING and royal PF members are languishing as back backbenchers in Parliament and qualified for appointment as Deputy Ministers who have continued to be ignored in preference for MMD MPs who never campaigned and suffered for PF.

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      flag chipampa says: chipampa
      May 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm |

      Politics. Inzanbia are now guided 2 philosophies. Hunger or greed not development _

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      flag NATIVE says: NATIVE
      May 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm |

      Ni cibombebombe kabili. It means amongst the PF cadre there is no human resource to implement the promises they promised.

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    flag DK PLANET says: DK PLANET
    May 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm |

    The opposition should devise another strategy. That’s why starting threats as a strategy it becomes hard to use other forms of strategy now the option is ‘compromise’ and if it fails that’s the end.

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    flag It's a worry( Tribal blogging is primitive) says: It's a worry( Tribal blogging is primitive)
    May 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm |

    Shamenda should be ashamed. Where on earth does a Govt encourage such an expensive political dispensation? And pretending to be an all inclusive Govt. these old morons should know that we are aspire to be a democracy and induced political prostitution is not democracy. Never, in the history of Politics, have I seen such undignified prostitution from people who are supposed to champion our moral fibre. What a state of shame for what was a beacon nation….
    Ati “we are an inclusive Government” and yet you kill your own just to keep others out of parliament.

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    flag Zebige says: Zebige
    May 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm |

    Well said sir.No wonder Chipata Central,Feira,Monze,Mkushi,Kafulafuta and Solwezi east yonse tulegeta.PF rules this game.

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      flag Zebige says: Zebige
      May 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm |

      *Itezhi tezhi not Monze*

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    flag Thermometer says: Thermometer
    May 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm |

    This guy should shave his grey beard, for goodness sake, he looks like a freedom fighter.

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    flag THE PRINCE says: THE PRINCE
    May 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm |

    Honorable Minister By-Elections are an expense, why encourage such. You mean you cannot wait for 2016?? To target MPs from all corners of the Country.YOUR LEVEL OF THINKING IS BELOW AVERAGE. DON’T FAIL US. DO GOOD FOR OUR PEOPLE THAN WASTE MONEY MEANT FOR DEVELOPMENT IN YOUR CAMPAIGNS.
    STOP THE DEFECTIONS, STOP BEING SELFISH, SERVE YOUR PEOPLE.

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      flag viva la bam says: viva la bam
      May 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm |

      he is not worthy to be called “honorable”.

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    flag Moskvich..aka Moscow Dweller says: Moskvich..aka Moscow Dweller
    May 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm |

    We keep on borrowing the money to fund by elections ….its heart breaking when you see how our friends have developed..How can you be a patriot in the country with no hope and direction? Thats why a simple statement from the Veep about SA to some Zambians was like insulting a god..We cant stand on our feet..Today even nigerians are managing to colonise us through their movies..We dont have our fundamental beliefs that can show that here is a Zambian….God help us…

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    flag TheEngineer(Australia) says: TheEngineer(Australia)
    May 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm |

    This represents the think tank of PF.. one brain cell

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      flag Ndobo says: Ndobo
      May 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm |

      one dying brain cell

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      flag viva la bam says: viva la bam
      May 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm |

      one useless brain-dead cell

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      flag Martinez says: Martinez
      May 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm |

      SIR, I THINK THE ONE WHO HAS ONE BRAN CELL IS YOU!! WHY DO I SAY SO? LOOK, THERE YOU ARE….YOU CLAIM TO BE ENGINEER FROM AUSTRALIA WHEN IN REALITY YOU ARE BUSY CLEANING IN OLD PEOPLE’S HOMES SOMEWHERE! ALL YOUR COMMENTS LACK SUBSTANCE. VERY DISAPPOINTING. VERY DULL CIMWANA ICI!!!

      BY THE WAY, ARE YOU ALSO SUGGESTING THAT ALL TONGAS HAVE ONE BRAIN CELL EACH..? LEARN TO HAVE RESPECT FOR ELDERS CINTU CENU!

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    flag Wanu Ngwee says: Wanu Ngwee
    May 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm |

    “Lies, lies lies; lies for breakfast, lies for lunch & lies for dinner – lies all the time” said former President Dr K D Kaunda – and these remarks are such a befitting description of the PF. If these appointments were genuine and made on merit and in the interest of representivity why don’t these opposition MPs get get full ministerial positions?

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      flag TheEngineer(Australia) says: TheEngineer(Australia)
      May 12, 2013 at 6:27 pm |

      UBUFI

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      flag viva la bam says: viva la bam
      May 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm |

      Ba tata! BUFIIIIIIIII!!!!

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    flag Wanu Ngwee says: Wanu Ngwee
    May 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm |

    Actually, we need a Ministry of By-Elections … And I imagine the incumbent being the busiest minister in the PF cabinet…

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    flag Supernova says: Supernova
    May 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm |

    They are consolidating the PF numbers in parliament so that they ratify a useless, pf friendly constitution.

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    flag [email protected] says: maikalange@zambia.co.zm
    May 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm |

    I’m sure PF can make use to ministers regardless of which party the belong to. Does an MP have to resign and join PF to be able to server the country?

    This nonsense from the government of the day has to come to an end. We are going backwards VERY quickly, focussing on trivial things such as by-elections and chasing after money that has been chewed. Can we focus on job creation, adding value to the quickly depreciating Kwacha, mending international relations and generally governing the nation.

    I look for the day when I can read a headline that reads “PF has actually done something to benefit Zambians – not just themselves”.

    My poor country — what have we done. We have no wars, no natural disasters, no enemies – yet we are dangling at the bottom of everything.

    Wake up…

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    flag litiya kayula says: litiya kayula
    May 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm |

    Ba Shamenda plz u r no longer dealing with the ‘useful ****** Power Failure Cadres(PF)’,The majority Zambians are now enlightened.Only the weak souls can be deceived by PF.PF is a one-term government,no matter how much manipulation PF shall scheme/do.

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    flag naija says: naija
    May 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm |

    shamenda is a hypocrit e. Just like the usefull ***** behind him, ask the civil servants under MLSS and they will tell the story. Ministry of labour is hell on earth and you expect officers to deliver,

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    flag Wanu Ngwee says: Wanu Ngwee
    May 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm |

    Actually, it looks like the PF govt must create a Ministry of By-elections…. And I can imagine this minister being the busiest in the PF cabinet!

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    flag viva la bam says: viva la bam
    May 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm |

    This is PF at work. Man of Action. I hope all the PF supporters are proud to pay their KR9.99999 at the filling station & high prices in the buses while the song BUFI is playing on the radio.

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    flag worried citizen says: worried citizen
    May 13, 2013 at 9:32 am |

    AS MUCH AS THE RULING PARTY WANTS THE NUMBER IN THE HOUSE, ME AM CONDEMNING ANY ONE IN THIS COUNTRY MISLEADING PEOPLE THAT WERE WE HAVE OPPOSITION THERE BE NO DEVELOPMENTS I KNOW IN EVERY PART OF THIS COUNTRY WE HAVE PF MEMBERS THATS WHY THEY WON 2011, THE BY ELECTION YOU ARE CREATING AND WASTING TAX PAYERS MONEY WE SHALL REMIND YOU EVEN AFTER A DECADE UMULANDU TAUBOLA

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    flag popmwe says: popmwe
    May 13, 2013 at 10:49 am |

    dirty and dull minister..atase..all inclusive..you need to tell us if its a govt of national unity or what..!

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    flag Aba Mano says: Aba Mano
    May 13, 2013 at 11:33 am |

    Bashamenda, i thought your age can help to be reasonable but now iam very disapointed. By the way, what is PF’s priority? Having more ministers or developing the country? for God’s sake Ndola central has not even known what development looks like since you were voted in and you are there cheating those people.
    If you think iam lying visit Chipulukusu and Sisnia=Nkwazi bwafya ubuchush abantu

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    flag chipampa says: chipampa
    May 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm |

    Politics in Zambia are now guided by the pholosophies of hunger. And greed

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