STATEMENT BY HON. CHISHIMBA KAMBWILI, MP, MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON COMMENTS AGAINST GOVERNMENT FROM OPPOSITION FDD AND 4TH REVOLUTION
The statement attributed to opposition FDD leader Ms Edith Nawakwi who claims that His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu lacks the competence to manage the Government, and the economy, in particular, should be dismissed with the contempt it deserves.
The PF’s victory in the January 20 Presidential by-election is a demonstration of the confidence the people of Zambia have in the Patriotic Front Government and its policies.
So far, Government, under the leadership of His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, is on track and on schedule in the implementation of the development programmes and policies as espoused in the PF manifesto.
These include acceleration of the ongoing Constitution making process, infrastructure development and the Gender Agenda in which, for the first time in the history of the country, the womenfolk have ascended to high positions of responsibility alongside their male counterparts.
And true to his good leadership qualities, President Lungu has hit the ground running both at home and abroad as evidenced by the high level responsibilities he has been given such as mediation in the South Sudan conflict.
President Lungu’s crusade to rally Zambians together under the motto “One Zambia, One Nation,” has distinguished and endeared him as a skilful and visionary leader.
It is, therefore, petty and immature for opposition FDD leader Ms Edith Nawakwi to question Government’s competence, under the leadership of His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, in handling national affairs, as reported in today’s Post newspaper where she dismisses President Lungu’s capacity to deal with the current fuel shortage and the depreciation of the Kwacha.
Government hopes Ms Nawakwi was just politicking, as usual, because as a former Cabinet Minister who served in various portfolios, she is aware that the President does not need to be a master of all trades. That is why the whole civil service establishment is there to render support to Government in all disciplines.
Cabinet is equally there to support the President. Therefore, it is laughable for Ms Nawakwi to expect President Lungu to be schooled in economics before attending to the fuel crisis.
Is Ms Nawakwi telling the nation that President Lungu has no locus standi to talk about the fuel shortage just because he is not an economist?
In the United States of America, during the financial crisis in 2008, didn’t Barack Obama assume responsibility? Is he an economist? Mr. Obama is a lawyer, and so is President Lungu.
Ms Nawakwi is not an economist although her public posturing suggests she wants to deceive people that she is an economist. She once served as minister of finance under the MMD Government and her record was dismal.
The truth of the matter is that out of the many brilliant economists Zambia has produced since independence, Ms Nawakwi is not one of them.
She is, therefore, not the right person to be preaching to others what she failed to do when she served in various ministerial portfolios, in particular, finance.
By the same token, she served as Minister of Agriculture and no one complained that a non agriculturist had been appointed to run the Ministry.
I advise Ms Nawakwi to concentrate on growing her party whose political fortunes she has run down since taking over from the late Gen. Christon Tembo.
FDD, under the late Gen. Tembo, was a force to reckon with but everyone is aware of Ms Nawakwi’s dismal performance in the last presidential election. It is small wonder even her own vice president Hon. Chifumu Banda is detached from her poor attempt at leading a political party.
As for the maverick 4th Revolution party leader, Eric Chanda, Government cannot dignify his baseless utterances on the health of the President as he is not a medical doctor. His comments are a product of crass ignorance.
Hon. Chishimba Kambwili, MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON
18th March, 2015