The FDD has advised PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri to stop comparing the salary of Zambia’s President to that of leaders in developed countries like the UK, Germany and America.
FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said it is illogical and immoral to justify President Lungu’s salary increment because he is a leader of a poor and debt burdened nation.
“It is illogical and backward thinking for Mumbi Phiri to try to justify Edgar Lungu’s immoral salary increment by comparing the salary of Edgar Lungu who is a President of a poor, broke, debt burdened and underdeveloped country called Zambia to the salary of Presidents of developed countries such as America, Germany and UK,” he said.
He said Ms Phiri should also tell the nation about other variables such as the GDPs of the countries she is trying to use in her justification of the President’s salary increment.
“We challenge Mumbi Phiri to also tell the nation what the GDP and per capita income of America, UK, Germany are. Let her also tell us the development index and poverty levels of the UK, USA and Germany. She should also inform us about the inflation rates, the cost of living the unemployment rates including the state of the health, education and manufacturing sectors in these countries.
“Is Mumbi Phiri not the same person who has been blaming the global economy for Zambia’s own underdevelopment? If she wants to make those comparisons, we want to challenge her to tell her boss, Edgar Lungu to reduce the prices of fuel since the oil prices are at the lowest in USA, Germany and UK,” he said.
He added “It is now clear why Edgar Lungu has been such a disaster because of the warped thinking of his closest advisers and confidants such as Mumbi Phiri. Surely with this kindergarten type of thinking where can Zambia go.”
Ms Phiri justified the salary increment for the President on a Watsapp group discussion platform for journalists when she posted the the message below.
Here are some Salaries of Heads of States:
Barack Obama USA - $32,916.00 per month
Angela Merkel Germany - $26,100.00 per month
Vladimir Putin, Russia - $26,100.00 per month
David Cameron, UK - $16,875.00 per month
Abdul Fattah Al Sisi, Egypt - $6,000.00 per month
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia - $7,500.00 per month
Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe - $9,000.00 per month
Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya - $13,043.00 per month
Edgar Lungu, Zambia - $3,100 per month
Meanwhile, the FDD says it will attend the indaba on political violence so that its party President can have an opportunity to educate President Lungu on how to stop the scourge.
Party Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza who described the indaba as a waste of tax payers money said it was only President Lungu who had the powers to end political violence being perpetrated by supporters of his party and that the opposition FDD will only attend the conference so that its leader can have an opportunity to lecture President Lungu on how to end the scourge.
Mr Mwanza said President Nawakwi has been a shining example on the country’s political scene as she has demonstrated that a leader can run a political party without violence, intimidation nor threats.
“President Edith Nawakwi has been a shining example and if we are going to attend that conference as FDD we will do so in order to give President Edith Nawakwi an opportunity to lecture President Edgar Lungu on how to end political violence because she has demonstrated that she can run a political party in a peaceful, mature and loving manner. We will attend that conference only to give an opportunity to educate President Edgar Lungu over issues of political violence.
“We want him to take a leaf from President Edith Nawakwi who has demonstrated over the years that she can run a political party without any form of intimidation, threats or violence. FDD has been a shining example on the Zambian political scene that we can do politics without beating each other, without threatening each other, that we can do politics by simply advising each other and debating on national issues. Giving clear guidelines on what we should do as a country to move out of poverty, create jobs and ensure that our youths are able to go to school and people are able to go to a clinic at find medicine,” he said.
He said there was no need for people to have an indaba to discuss the violence of the PF when President Lungu can stop his cadres by simply giving clear instructions to them.
He also said the call was one of President Lungu’s gimmicks to hoodwink Zambians into believing that he is against political violence.
“The call by his Excellency President Edgar Lungu for a round table meeting to go and discuss political violence is not genuine and is just another gimmick by his Excellency to try and hoodwink the people of Zambia in to believing that he is against political violence.If the President was serious with the issue of violence he alone can end that today, he is the President of PF, he is the President of the republic of Zambia and no body but himself President Edgar Lungu can end the violence by the PF supporters, by the PF cadres. It will only take him to issue clear instructions to end violence.
“We don’t need to all come round a table and sit to talk about the violence of the PF because the PF itself has to end that violence and the only person who can end that violence is President Edgar Lungu. Let us not be wasting people’s time, let us stop wasting tax payers money having useless academic indabas over violence. We challenge President Lungu to stop the violence by his own cadres in his own party the PF,” he said.
President Lungu has called for national indaba to find lasting solutions to end political violence in the country.