Governance expert McDonald Chipenzi has appealed to President Edgar Lungu to immediately fire High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba if reports that he has applied to stand as MP for Matero on the PF ticket are true.
In a statement, Mr Chipenzi said President Lungu should immediately fire and recall Mr. Mwamba.
He said the firing and recalling of Mr. Mwamba from South Africa will serve as a deterrent measure to District Commissioners and others in the habit of actively involved in politics before they relinquish their public service positions and who use civil service to promote their political ambitions and want to serve two masters.
“Additionally, if Mwamba was fired, President Lungu’s recent sentiments that he would not tolerate civil servants involving themselves in active partisan politics would be treated to be genuine. But if not, then the sentiments would have meant targeting only those who want to support the Opposition political parties while those in the ruling will be allowed to enjoy their jobs while practising partisan politics as Mwamba has already demonstrated. Imagine if he had applied on the opposition ticket? He would have been fired yesterday!”
He said it is will be ironic for the president to allow Mr. Mwamba continue serving as South African High Commissioner pretending to be civil servant hiding in Pretoria when he is an active member of a political party in the name of PF.
“This is the same Mwamba who condemned others and demanded for their throats based on speculations of their partisanship. Therefore, If the same measure which has been applied onto others who based on speculations or indeed truly involved in active politics were fired, retired or made to resign, Mwamba’s case is classic and must be treated not with kid gloves but seriousness it deserved by immediately firing him or forced to resigns.”
Mr Chipenzi said Mr Mwamba should be recalled by the appointing authority immediately or made to resign on moral grounds so that he concentrates on his political career.
“PF members and officials who have been aloud on speculations over other citizens’ political affiliations should not be mute as if they have ascended to the heavens but should be now seen to be loudly condemn those who have applied to contest elections on a party ticket and yet still serving in the civil service.”
“Let us all who believe in Justice for all and rule of law demand for Mwamba’s immediate recalling and firing or resignation to safeguard the office of the High Commission in South Africa which he might use to fund raise for his campaigns,” he said.
“Let him come back home and face his opponents squarely in Matero. Let us all unite to have this politicians hiding at the high Commission in Pretoria, SA smoked out of there to allow a non-cadre to take up that position.”