FORMER vice-president George Kunda says he cannot accept any appointment to President Sata’s government but he is ready to offer advice on various development programmes.
But Minister of Information, Braodcasting and Labour Fackson Shamenda says Mr Kunda’s advice is not welcome in the Patriotic Front (PF) government because he was part of the MMD government that mismanaged the country.
Mr Kunda said he has no interest to work in the PF government as he wants to assume a ‘statesman’s role’.
He said he has done his part to serve the Zambian people, adding that it is now time for the PF government to deliver development.
Mr Kunda said this in Lusaka yesterday when he featured on a Good Governance programme on Yatsani Radio.
“I cannot accept a job if I was offered because I have already done my part. I would rather give advice to leaders in the PF.
“But the only problem is that the PF government is pre-occupied with the MMD, as opposed to serving the people,” Mr Kunda said.
He, however, alleged that it is difficult for the PF government to embrace advice, describing most ministers as arrogant.
Mr Kunda claimed that it is difficult to approach most ministers, alleging that ‘they are full of themselves.’
“Most ministers in the PF government are arrogant. They are the ‘I know it all’ type, so it’s difficult to advise them. There are a few of them (ministers) who can take advice.
“So let them (PF government) work, we won’t disturb them. Let them also give us some breathing space,” Mr Kunda said.
But Mr Shamenda said Government cannot embrace Mr Kunda’s advice as he was part of a government which mismanaged the affairs of Zambia.
“We appreciate his offer but we have better people to advise us. If we (government) get advice from a person who was part of the administration that mismanaged the country, then where are we (PF) going?” he asked.
Mr Shamenda dismissed Mr Kunda’s assertion that PF ministers are arrogant. He alleged that it is actually Mr Kunda who is bitter and arrogant.
“It is himself (Mr Kunda) who is arrogant and bitter. There is no minister in the PF government who is arrogant as Mr Kunda claims,” he said. Mr Shamenda said Mr Kunda should show remorse and avoid issuing statements he cannot substantiate.
[Zambia Daily Mail]