Green Party President Peter Sinkamba says the firing of former Minister of Planning Lucky Mulusa is not startling. He says it was inevitable considering that he had been asked by President Edgar Lungu to resign but he elected not do so.
In an exclusive interview yesterday, the Green Party leader said for two months, the writing was on the wall that he would inevitably be relieved of his duties. He said it was just a matter of time.
“You remember, two months ago, news leaked from State House that Lucky was asked by the President to resign following his comments on $42 million fire tenders. I spoke to him at the time. He told me it would not be in the best interest of the nation if he resigned. He said in national interest, he was prepared to take the political risk regardless his fallout.
“No doubt about it, Lucky was very close to the President. I must say, he was one of the President Edgar Lungu’s confidantes. However, the $42 million fire tenders appears to have rattled the feathers. I think it brought to the fore personal identity issues and the clash of principles.
“But as Denis Waitley once said, there are two primary choices in life to take: the first is to accept conditions as they exist. The second is to accept the responsibility for changing them.
“I will add the third choice: to accept responsibility for attempting to change them. This is the choice Lucky must make. He was not so lucky to change the conditions in this instance.
“In life sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. I hope he accepts responsibility for the attempt. I think it was a risk worth the run. But we leave it to posterity to hand down judgment one day,” Sinkamba said.
The Green Party leader advised the two to remain friends even if they part political company. He said in life, there comes time when friends may choose to go separate ways. However, all is well that ends well.
“You see, Lucky and I have been family friends for over 30 years. He is not a type that engages in politics of hate and vengeance. I have not known him for that and will counsel him not to indulge in such politics,” Sinkamba added.
And Governance Activist Macdonald Chipenzi has charged that President Edgar Lungu’s decision to fire National Planning Minister Lucky Mulusa was done in bad faith.
Mr Chipenzi said Mr Mulusa is one of the few ministers who believes in straight talk beyond the veil of collective responsibility.
He said it was unfortunate that Mr Mulusa was serving in government that cherishes pretense, dishonest and insincerity.
“For a long time now, presidents, ministers and government officials have been looting public resources and supporting bad policies that injure majority citizens under the veil and guise of collective responsibility,” Mr Chipenzi said.
He said Mr Mulusa believes in a transparent, accountable and efficient government system in the management and administration of government, national and public affairs and resources.
“This has earned him a boot from his job as Cabinet minister perhaps even as nominated member of parliament. His firing is a clear testimony that President Edgar Chagwa Lungu is allergic to and abhors accountability, transparency and efficient government and management of public and national resources and affairs,” he said.
He added, “Instead of firing those ministers who have been accused of having been involved in corrupt and bribery infested activities, or at least, institute investigations in allegations of corruption and bribery being raised against these ministers, the President goes for the job of a person who is frank and could help him fight leaky pipes in his government, state and Cabinet. Instead, he has protected dearly and jealously such ministers accused of corruption and bribery just because they have adopted a policy of boot-licking. Shame for Zambia.”
Mr Chipenzi said the development means that President Lungu does not want to see progress in the fight against corruption, bribery, mismanagement of resources and also promotion of transparency and accountability in his government.
“He cherishes bootlickers, who tomorrow, would leave him and bootlick another person who will hold the influence of power. For you Mulusa, you have fought your battle. I admired you and now the public should display serious solidarity for your sacrifice and frankness. You are the only Minister who called the so called fire-tender trucks as wheelbarrows that term that has come to stay,” he said.
“You are a true patriot not those lipstick patriots. Even when everyone and bootlickers ran away from RB when he lost the presidency, you, Lucky Mulusa, remained true to the old man to date. I thought those were the people President Lungu would have cherished and consider true friends. Where is divergent views in a democracy in Zambia, even Jacob Zuma is doing fine,” he said