President Sata’s directive to terminate GBM’s contract is abuse of power-Father Bwalya
President Michael Sata’s directive to terminate the business contracts that former defence minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s company had with the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has been described as a dangerous abuse of power.
This is according to Frank Bwalya who released a statement to media in which he described the action take by the president as a form of corruption as it clearly confirmed that the president was involved the awarding of Government contracts.
Below is the full statement
STATEMENT BY ALLIANCE FOR BETTER ZAMBIA (ABZ)
DECEMBER 30, 2013.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
President Michael Sata’s directive to terminate the business contracts that former defence minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s company had with the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) is a dangerous abuse of power and intolerance typical of tin pot dictators and it raises serious concerns about the role Mr Sata has been playing in awarding government contracts.
Mr Sata has no power to direct the termination of a dully awarded contract because of personal or political differences. The public is aware that the differences that have emerged between Mr Sata and Mr Mwamba have nothing to do with Mr Mwamba’s businesses.
Therefore, Mr Sata’s action to order the cancellation of contracts Mr Mwamba’s company, Arizona Transport, had with FRA is a clear abuse of power by a president that wants to use government contracts to control people and promote the primitive culture of patronage.
The action of Mr Sata is also a form of corruption and confirms his involvement in the awarding of government contracts. The simple logic here is that if the president can order the cancellation of a dully awarded contract then he must also be involved in awarding contracts to those aligned to him and his party.
Furthermore, if President Sata was not involved in the awarding of FRA business to Mr Mwamba popularly known as GBM, how can he be involved in terminating such business?
Against this background, Zambians must be very worried about what is happening at Road Development Agency (RDA) which Mr Sata has grabbed and put under his armpit. Hence, we challenge Mr Sata to explain his involvement in awarding of road contracts to companies that are aligned to PF.
Moreover, one message that is very clear is that for a business person to get and maintain business with government and state enterprises they need to align themselves to the ruling party and the republican president in particular.
This is against the spirit of entrepreneurship in a civilized society. It is also against the spirit of multi-party democracy let alone intra party democracy.
In the case of GBM, he is still a member of the ruling Patriotic Front party, hence targeting his businesses in the manner Mr Sata has done shows a dangerous type of intolerance that has potential to kill intra-party democracy as well as business initiative.
What Mr Sata has done to GBM speaks volumes about what those of us in the opposition and those with dissent views go through at the hands of primitive governments such as the PF government.
This primitive behaviour is negatively affecting our economy and entrenchment of democracy. It is breeding fear and promoting the big man syndrome.
Finally, we think that such reckless behaviour of Mr Sata will cost the government a lot of money through litigation for breach of contractual obligations.
People like GBM will go to court and get favourable judgements that may make government pay them huge sums of taxpayer’s money.
At the end of the day it is the poor Zambian who can’t even afford to buy a bag of mealie meal who will pay for the primitive and irresponsible behaviour of President Sata.
Zambians should rise and condemn this costly abuse of power by Mr Sata.
Fr Frank Bwalya