Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili has taken a swipe at Opposition FDD President Edith Nawakwi.
In a statement released to the media, Mr Kambwili said that Zambia there can be no development in Zambia today if Zambia decides to go it alone.
Yesterday Ms Nawakwi advised President Edgar Lungu to stop being a tourist by globe-trotting and instead focus on the country’s economic and social challenges.
Below is the full statement from Government
STATEMENT BY HON. CHISHIMBA KAMBWILI, MP, MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON FDD LEADER EDITH NAWAKWI’S ATTACKS ON THE PRESIDENT
The utterances by opposition FDD leader Ms Edith Nawakwi have become boring.
She is so boring that she has transferred her irrelevance to a once vibrant party – the FDD.
But Government will not dwell too much on the irrelevance of a woman who once held key ministerial positions in Government but cannot point to any tangible achievement during her tenure as Minister.
Government will, however, not stand aloof and let Ms Nawakwi mislead the nation, especially that she once was a Cabinet minister.
Since His Excellency the President Edgar Chagwa Lungu won the Presidential elections last January, Ms Nawakwi, and a few hired political charlatans, have embarked on a smear campaign to discredit the President.
To his credit, the President, as humble as he has always been, has chosen to concentrate on what Zambians voted him for, and that is, to ensure the development agenda of the country is on course; to ensure Zambians have food to eat, to attract investors and ensure jobs are created, and to ensure education and health facilities are guaranteed.
Nothing will detract the President from this development agenda.
To achieve this, President Lungu’s tasks are multi-faceted, and that means, he is not a one track-minded President who will finish his term with one success story to tell.
President Lungu will look at all sectoral areas of development because the world is no longer a huge ball with closed compartments; the world is an open web in which no country can succeed without relations with others.
It is, therefore, preposterous in the extreme for Ms Nawakwi and others to claim that presidential trips abroad are unnecessary.
There can be no development if Zambia today decided to go it alone as we are not an island. The copper we boast about has to be traded whether raw or processed; we need investment to create jobs; and we need technological transfer to develop.
This is why President Lungu is in China.
China is the biggest market for Zambia and Africa as a whole at the moment. Locally, Zambia continues to benefit immensely from China’s investment in mines, schools, hospitals, roads, sports stadia and other social and economic infrastructure across the length and breadth of the country.
So, instead of issuing baseless attacks on the Government, the FDD leader ought to be reminded that Zambians todate, still await answers from her on her role in the Carlington maize saga.
Ms Nawakwi is a big hypocrite who knows how Government operates but because she has an ego to feed and because she has found a platform to feed from, she has embarked on a trajectory of lies.
Fortunately, Zambians know who Edith Nawakwi is, and would not waste a vote on her. The last election results are there for all to see.
Nothing will cause Zambians to vote for Edith Nawakwi. Nothing.
Government invites all well meaning Zambians to come forward and offer suggestions in the development of the country in a sincere and civil manner rather than specialize in trivialities and empty political rhetoric.
Hon. Chishimba Kambwili, MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON
27th March, 2015A