Sata yells at RDA, Muchinga provincial administration over Matumbo road project

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President Michael Sata today took to task senior officials from the Road Development Agency (RDA), Muchinga province administration and the Chinese road contractor, China Gun Xi on why works on the Matumbo road in Chinsali District have not yet been constructed.

President Sata also asked RDA chairperson Willie Nsanda, Acting RDA Chief Executive Officer Bernard Chiwala, Shiwang’andu Patriotic Front (PF) Member of Parliament Steven Kampyongo and incoming Muchinga Province Minister Charles Banda why he was invited to commission the road project which was not yet ready.

ZANIS reports that President Sata wondered why he was invited to commission the road works when nothing has been done on the road project.

This was during the President’s visit to Chinsali district to commission road works on the Matumbo-Chama road in Muchinga Province today.

Mr. Sata questioned the RDA officials how the tax payers’ money has been used to pay the Chinese contractor, when construction works have not even commenced.

He strongly instructed the contractor, China Gun Xi, to expedite road works or risk having the contract revoked and given to another contractor.

A visibly angry Head of State said he was not interested in seeing heavy road equipment lined up but that he wanted the actual works to be done.

“I haven’t seen anything. What have I come to see? Where is the road? I came to see the road and not vehicles…I came to see the road we have paid for.

“We have wasted tax-payers money coming here from Lusaka. When I went to Shiwang’andu, I found a hydro power station which I was called for, how about the road here?” he asked.

President Sata who was speaking to the crowd which had gone to witness the commissioning of the road works said Member of Parliament and government ministers should work hard because they were elected to do so.

He said, had it not been for the people, there were not going to hold the positions they were holding.

He said he would again visit the area to check on the road works but that next time he would not announce his trip.

“The next time, I will be here, I will not inform you that I am coming. I will just come straight here,” he said.

He also warned that the government would not hesitate to terminate contracts of contractors who were failing to perform.

“There are many people that can do this job and if you have failed, we can replace you because people are suffering and these are the people that have been voting for governments in order to bring about development,” he said.

President Sata was accompanied by former President Kenneth Kaunda who churned out his Tuyende Pamodzi song to the crowd before the President spoke.

Earleir, Chief Chewe told the President that people in Muchinga province were appreciative of the efforts by the Patriotic Front (PF) government to develop the area.

Chief Chewe said the people of Chinsali would rally behind President Sata and the Government to ensure that the developmental projects were accomplished.

ZANIS

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100 COMMENTS

  1. So he did not know he was commissioning the start of work, what a serious level of mis-communication!

    Why did we waste taxpayers money transporting someone who did not know what they were going to do?

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  2. But why did you go there in the first place?? You should have had that info & denied that invitation before wasting fuel for nothing, learn to use intelligence man.

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  3. if only u were open like this to all yo dealings including yo language u would hav been an inspiration to some of us. however thumbs up mr president, at times it pays to be open and flank.

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  4. ZNBC is now the best news channel in Zambia. Their reporting is factual and non- partisan. This is a great departure from the monster it was under Rupiah Banda and Big Mphuno Shikapwasha. As for the cancellation of the event, there was nothing wrong in what the president did. He is just living up to his words and actions. He is a practical man who does not entertain sloppiness. This is a lesson to all who want to waste public resources on non-existent projects. By today’s action by the president, I therefore, declare that all projects to be undertaken should be launched silently, away from the public attention. Commissioning a completed project is the one that should warrant the presence of the president and other dignitaries.

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    • I agree with you. Surely why would a president go to flag off a road construction when he has already launched the 8000km project of which this road is one of them? Muzungu wanga type of Civil Servants – let us look good in the eyes of the president show him the machines that we are about to start work – nonsense! Mwacita bwino ba Sata sana fye futi.

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  5. Our president wants things to be done in a right way; actually it is better to commission the road when it is finished and not just commissioning “intentions”. Like the previous writer said, why did he go there in the first place? Did he intend to embrace those guys? Actually, their aim was to impress him – of course in the wrong way

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  6. What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate….keep appointing cadres like Willie and expect more selfsame public embarrassments!lol

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  7. I  think its laughable the way the president rules, he is portrayed, the way the media reports, the way the government is governed and above all the way its subjects, ie you reading this conducts oneself, in relation to your country Zambia

    You are a disgrace to a ll third world country, the people surrounding the president are thuggerish dressed, the policeman  doesn’t look like one unless you, he looks petrified if anything, and I have never seen the president smile in all the pictures taken, no light moments

    An epitome of what not to be. I feel ashamed being Zambian

    Thanks

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    • I think shes right we can only be proud of our beloved country if our leaders can do what we want them to do. But with the type of leaders we have, their is nothing to be proud of. It should hurt every zambian to live in the environment we are subjected to. This is a rich country, well, with resources. But the economy is nothing to talk about. So the problem is with our leaders. 

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    • To all who have constructive ideas and respect for themselves. I salute you all you do have wisdom. Those who cannot sit down and think please learn to give respect to our President and all the leaders, be critical of the failures like people who have respect for themselves. We are tired of reading negative things about people who we are supposed to respect being belittled by small minded people. You are not being forced to live in Zambia a country you are ashamed of . Do not admire somebody else’s house until you are in think about it
      and pray for Zambia. Pray for our Cardinal Mazombwe (I am a catholic) MHSRIP

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  8. #2 and 3 THAT’S NOT SATA YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. HE DOESN’T LIKE SUGAR-COATING. HE WANTS TO WITNESS THINGS HIMSELF. HE DOESN’T NEED TO BE TOLD BY SECURITY THAT NOW THEY HAVE STARTED ROAD CONSTRUCTION- NO. SATA WORKS ON THE PACE OF DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. WHEN YOU INVITE HIM MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE FINISHED YOUR JOB OR AT LEAST STARTED DOING IT. THE CHINESE AND RDA ARE MISTAKEN COZ THEY THINK THEY ARE DEALING WITH PREVIOUS REGIMES. NO. SATA IS IN A HURRY TO FIX THINGS AND FIX THEM REAL HARD. TO THE SATISFACTION OF VOTERS. WAY TO GO BA SATA. BACINCISHENI AMALOFWABO.

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    • Well said. He’s a man of action and if they were hoping to impress him by mare equipment, they made a mistake and now they know they are not dealing with corrupt RB who was used to being satisfied even without seeing the works.

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  9. Why not build some IT infrastructure too and not just old fashioned roads? Lets move zambia into the 21st century to be cometitive.Actually Rwanda is outdoing zambia badly in both roads and in some amazing IT prepwork.

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    • It’s called priorities my friend. Without good roads, even the IT you are talking about will only be a pipe dream if equipment cannot be moved from point A to B. 

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    • Priorities my friend. These road works should have been done by MMD many years ago. Zambia is very behind in development, thats why PF has gone back to the basics, ROADS!

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  10. Work like Paul Kagame you ve given them enough time to work for the pipo . just fire them and throw them to jail . they are stiling tax payers money Mr PRESIDENT.   

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  11. Mad president wants to perform wonders , no jod creation seen through road dvpt, Nsanda has failed, you over lied , BP yakwela, we do not want shod work just because of your lies, are you not ashamed of commissioning MMD project at Shiwangandu? Hee. hee,

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  12. Just how the f**k did he not know that this was commissioning the start of road works and not completion of the project? This man is clearly senile!

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    • Its his grade7 education where commissioning only means one thing.Let have a better educated presido next time.

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  13. Sata is right. You do not commission some thing which is not there. You commission something in to operation. This ceremony was supposed to be called ‘Ground Breaking Ceremony’ i.e to commence the road works.

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  14. and I quote: A visibly angry Head of State said he was not interested in seeing heavy road equipment lined up but that he wanted the actual works to be done.

    “I haven’t seen anything. What have I come to see? Where is the road? I came to see the road and not vehicles…I came to see the road we have paid for.

    “We have wasted tax-payers money coming here from Lusaka. When I went to Shiwang’andu, I found a hydro power station which I was called for, how about the road here?” he asked, end quote!

    Hahahahaahah
    You gatta hate to love this man. Nafuti nafuti Mr. Prezido, nafuti nafuti.

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  15. Why couldn’t these *****s even do a hundred meter stretch? Caught pants down bamambala! Well done Sata don’t tolerate the non-sense we saw under MMD last year where all they did was create a dusty environment. If you were Lusaka last year you will understand what I mean.  

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    • Why couldn’t these ****** even do a hundred meter stretch? Caught pants down bamambala! Well done Sata don’t tolerate the non-sense we saw under MMD last year where all they did was create a dusty environment. If you were Lusaka last year you will understand what I mean.  

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  16. The road works start date is Tuesday, December 4, 2012 i.e., yesterday and yet H.E. MCS went to commission a complete project! So what is the conclusion of the matter?

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  17. Just to digress a bit; In terms of clothing lets give up bane, there is nothing out there that would fit our dear presido and look good on him. its a pity but we have to move on, look at that top…too tight exposing a ‘pot belly’ yet generally he is slim, now add the carelessness of placing long A4 papers in the chest pocket…

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  18. The bulk of Zambia’s civil service is rotten. Their work culture is disgusting in fact ,they deserve to be fired because they are not moving at the pace of development that the people expect. Now you can understand why the people Chinsali protested at the DC’s office a few weeks ago over the slow pace of the promissed projects. Fire them and employee our graduates roaming the streets. After all most of these fellows are comfortable with assetts aquired from corrupt practices under the MMD 20yr rot.

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  19. RB  commissioned the construction of the Kafue Lower Hydro project last year before the elections and yet  construction has not started.Was it a political gimmick? Sata was supposed to flag off the construction of  the project and not commissioning. Was the difference communicated to him because in Zambia projects are commisioned when construction starts and commissined again when the project is finished.

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  20. I thought your headline said “Sata yells…” but when read the story you narrate the yelling anywhere. You just menttion Sata talking. Boza muleke

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    • Sadly, journalists in the Zambia use limited vocabulary, hence the misuse of words when they publish articles. One wonders if the editor knows what exactly goes to print. While secondary school I has this teacher who insisted on proper diction while not restricting oneself to just the everyday vocabulary- Mr. Munungwe I believe, awesome teacher.

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  21. Why couldn’t these so and so’s  even do a 100/200 meter stretch? Caught pants down bamambala! Well done Sata don’t tolerate the non-sense we saw under MMD last year where all they did was create a dusty environment. If you were Lusaka last year you will understand what I mean. And why are you moderating my comments? 

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  22. “The next time, I will be here, I will not inform you that I am coming. I will just come straight here,” he said.
    Sambian EngRish!!!ke ke ke

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  23. Sata mwaume, I think he should promote Kambwili as minister without portfolio, so we can see more action. This is a fantastic week, so much action movies.
    – Kachingwe said “…. I will be back!”
    – Kambwili “.. I can destroy this swimming pool, and build it in 90 days. Lusaka Water co, fill that pool, and I will prove its full by walking across the swimming pool.
    – Sata “.. where is the road!! I will be back… he got in helicopter, other pilot was shaking of hunger, crushed landed… and for sure Sata came back… but the road was not ready again!!”

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  24. @bleg..the President commissioned Link Zambia, no need to 
    Commission start of road projects but commencement of usage.
    So the question would be happy if it was you who was called
    For nothing nd even worse a head of state…

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  25. Tiyende Tiyende Tiyende Tiyende Tiyende… not tuyende… learn it.  Ru Zambian ru not mr writer.  BTW  Mushota could be a woman.  A dumb one though.  

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  26. That is the Michael Sata I have always known. Remember when you were District Governor for Lusaka. You made things happen. That why we voted for you.

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  27. THE TWO FRONT GENTLEMEN LOOK SICK, MALNOURISHED AND PEARL. APART FROM A HEALTH ZAF OFFICER.

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  28. He transfered the operations of the Road Development Agency to his Bedroom but still he has no clue as to which roads are about to start being constructed or have been completed! Clueless soul! What next, Mr President? Be the Site Manager? Poor, man dementia might be catching on!

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  29. So this guy has NO advisers nor intelligence Officers. How the hell can he GO to commission a non existant ROAD. CNP Ukwa getting on my nerves now.

    he is so clueless, we need to replace him and fast.

    No wonder Nature wants to replace him for us, by dropping his choppers from the air cause we human beings are slow to remove him.

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    • My dear be careful you may be the first to die as you drive to work today. What you are wishing Sata may happen to you man. Repent before God acts against you.

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  30. Good show! It is no longer business as usual! It is business unusual! Shape up or ship out is the message being conveyed here. We are tired of professionals playing politics with people’s lives to please politicians. This one politician will NOT be fooled. Get that road going – don’t wait for election year…

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  31. I say well done King Cobra Sata. Please make sure that these corrupt people work. Not the way they used to steal our money under RB where he commissioned non-existing roads. Sata bapalaule ba mambala abo.

    Peace and Prosperity to Mother Zambia.

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  32. There are many cost effective ways of checking progress only if u know how. You cant waste tax payers money to fly all those people to the ‘so called ceremony’ just to yell!! CNP as usual is politicking!!!

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  33. Including the President they all look sick apart from the ZAF Officer, Major by rank, wonder what explanation he was giving I am sure he is from ZAF Samora Air Base, look how healthy he looks, noti na ZAF!

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  34. This is the man we voted for.In Zambia people are too lazy to work.If the president sits in state house they ‘ll be cheating him of developments by ministers.I’ve found out that Zambian mentallity is bad coz everyone is thinking of stealing govt money in order to build mansions.I don’t really like our thinking in general.I’ve told my friends that in order Zambia to develop we need people with the heart of serving others.Currently we are too selfish such that we always think about houses and cars.Sometimes U wonder why do u go to churches?Because most zambians read the bible and most people in govt positions go to church.Therefore they should be the first to serve the people.But selfshness is killing the country among so called Christians

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  35. He makes things happen in Bembaland. Ask ukwa if he has ever visited Barotse since becoming a president, does he care? It’s shame that Kaunda has become a praise cryer for Ukwa.

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  36. He did know what he was going to do their? Or may be he was suposed to go through the speech to get some information about his trip. Thats why he has people to write speeches for him. Failure is the order of the day with PF.

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  37. These populist stunts should end. The moment our president starts taking responsibility the more progress he will influence.

    This is just another confirmation that the man does not hold cabinet meetings or at least effectively.

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  38. This is the type of a president Zambia has been looking for.I can imagine wat Zambia will be in the next 5 yrs!! Thanks Mr president,this is why we voted for you.If it was RB, he would have been just drinking alcohol early in the morning without seeing wats going on.

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    • Its like dullards are on a mass zero grazing mode producing GMO offsprings to begin working the puters in 90days. 

      How else can one explain such an unknown epidemic or airborne disease that sets everyone into a camatose?

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  39. He is just in a hurry to develop Bembaland. How come we do not see him putting up such stunts in other parts of the country? How can a whole president with both RDA and the intelligence under him not know that he was going to a ground breaking ceremony? This was a cheap stunt to please the gullible people of Chinsali.

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  40. People voted Sata to see this kind of action. But he isn’t the man he was when he governed Lusaka. If he could replicate that Zambia would moving ahead at breakneck speed in development. Sadly he is frail and he has managed to surround himself with corrupt and incompetent people.

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  41. On Tuesday 4th December 2012 Lusaka Times carried a story entitled “All is set for the launch of the K1 trillion Chama-Matumbo Road Construction Works by President Sata”
    In the story it was reported that “… construction period is expected to last for two years”. Given the foregoing, Sata’s reaction is not only surprising but shocking. It is a mere masses-pleasing stunt which should not be taken seriously by right thinking people.

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  42. launching – the act of beginning something new; “they looked forward to the debut of their new product line”
    debut, first appearance, introduction, unveiling, entry
    commencement, start, beginning – the act of starting something; ”

    commissioning is the process of assuring that all systems and components of a project are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained according to the operational requirements of the owner or final client.

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  43. I am beginning to think the president is the one with a spirit of confusion!,  I personally find it hard to believe that he didn’t know what was going on/ what he was going to find! besides he appointed Willie Nsanda! and he turns around on national TV saying “its your own fault if you have been bribed by the Chinese”! I think he deliberately tries to come out ignorant! just as he is doing with everything else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  44. No water at Kitwe central hospital while the entire ukwa spends millions on fuel flying to Muchinga and shout at RDA officials who apparently are based at statehouse, are a couple of meters away from his bedroom.

    We have looters in power and boy have we not seen nothing yet. Once they ‘kill’ the opposition Zambians will be hostage.

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  45. As RDA boss he means he didn’t kno that no single millimeter of TAR was laid, what an embarrassment ba boss no clue but that’s what happens when yo try to be a jack of all trades.
    guess he was busy negotiatin for his cut with the Chinese and Nsanda was in Mandevu bonking Esther phiri.

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  46. A President called to commission works? I think he is not busy. Next time we must choose when to invite a Head of State. Bite them

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  47. We know the civil service is still MMD and will try very hard to frustrate the efforts by Sata. Who suffers in the end? You and me whether PF or anything else.

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  48. Where were the presidents special intelligentia? how can CNP, like his name suggest, be invited for a ground breaking ceremony and “mistake” it for a finished project commissioning ceremony – wastage of tax payers money indded. His actions where more like just playing to the Gallery so that people with small minds can transfer his failures to other individuals.

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  49. that’s what happens if you appoint useless hooligans or kaponyas like Nsanda to high profile positions your excellence.

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  50. “I came to see the road, not vehicles…”. Could someone expect akabwali without caring about the pots and the whole equipment needed for it’s preparation? Simple logic which fails our African leaders. They clearly look to the “end”, but hardly get it right when it comes to the “means”.

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  51. I agree with No.17. The president should have been told that this was going to be a “Ground Breaking Ceremony” not “commissioning”. I have waited for this road since I was a child and is it not ironic that KK who kept promising us this road from the early 70s was present at the so called commissioning? Those who come from Chinsali and Chama will agree with me that this road has been on the cards for the last 4 decades and I just pray that this time around it will come to fruition.

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  52. Ba Sata come and sort out Katema and Simuusa, these MP’s are just sleeping and being paid for doing nothing. The all chingola is a mess now, after closing the Chingola-Chililabombwe at Under bridge where nothing has been done since the closure one is wondering what type of MP’s and District officials we have, surely are we supposed to wait for Mr Sata for things to move. If i were Sata i was going to fire all chingola district officials coz they are doing nothing.

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