PF Media and Publicity Committee Vice chairperson Sunday Chanda has said it is shocking for FDD leader to question First Lady Esther Lungu,when she never questioned the former First ladies for their charitable work.This is in reference to an article published by the Post newspaper where Ms Nawakwi wondered which resources Esther Lungu was using to campaign for President Edgar Lungu, saying she was not the ‘Santa Claus’ of Zambia.
‘We know that the President is planning early elections, sometime in February or March, and that is why she is all over the country campaigning’.
Ms Nawakwi said Mrs Lungu wants to pretend she is distributing gifts on a charitable exercise when, in fact, her clear motive is to campaign for the President.
“I don’t know if between the President and the first lady, they have agreed that the President will do PR work outside the country and she will fill the vacuum because the work she is doing is what I would love to see the President do; to go to villages and find out how people are doing.
I don’t know if between the President and the first lady, they have agreed that the President will do PR work outside the country and she will go to villages
“It is very clear that the first lady is using money from the social cash transfer window. And I want to tell the donors that the money they gave us as a country, which was supposed to be distributed to the vulnerable groups, through established channels; the churches, community development and all the agreed institutions which were the platforms through which this money was supposed to be delivered, unfortunately, because this government is so desperate, they have diverted money from the social cash transfer and given to the first lady,” she said.
‘Now she is the one who is being seen as the bearer of this message and pretending to the world that she is generous. She is not the Santa Claus of this country. We have no objections to her setting up an NGO, raising money and doing charitable work. But we take great exception for the first lady to use money from community development, for Ministry of Gender and from the social cash transfer window, and I challenge them to say that this money they are using is not government money’.
I challenge them to say that this money they are using is not government money.
But you can’t expect that you can develop this country through charity. When you arrive at a place where there is no hospital, no facilities and you give them 25 bags of mealie-meal and some blankets and say ‘These are gifts from State House’, meanwhile, you have spent so much fuel flying there just to deliver 25 bags of mealie-meal, what is the job of the department of disaster management? I want to see the Vice-President doing the work we gave her,” she said.
The PF media and Publicity vice chairperson however said Ms Nawakwi never condemned other former First ladies including Mrs. Maureen Mwanawasa, Mrs Thandiwe Banda and Dr. Christine Kaseba because there is nothing strange and wrong about the works these mothers did while their respective husbands served as Heads of State.He advised that it will be counter-productive for Ms. Nawakwi to vent her annoyance on another woman who is doing so much to profile the place of women in Zambia and called on the women movement in the country to reinforce what First lady Mrs Lungu is doing for the poor communities in our country.
First Lady Esther Lungu in Mangago
First Lady Esther Lungu in Nalolo
First Lady Esther Lungu in Nalikwanda constituency
First Lady Esther Lungu in Lukulu
First Lady Esther Lungu at Luampa mission hospital
First Lady Esther Lungu in Kaoma
First Lady Esther Lungu in Mwandi
First Lady Esther Lungu at Sioma mission
First Lady Esther Lungu in Senanga
First Lady Esther Lungu in Sesheke
First Lady Esther Lungu in Kalabo
First Lady Esther Lungu at Lewanika hospital
First Lady Esther Lungu in Limulunga
First Lady Esther Lungu in Chipata