The Rural Electrification Authority, (REA) has fired the project engineer who was in charge of Dundumwezi power line on allegations of contradicting the Presidential statement on the location of the electric pole that was cut down in Hamonde Village in Choma’s Macha area.

Sources close to the development have told Byta FM News exclusively that the Engineer was summoned to Lusaka a day after he clarified to Byta that the pole was cut down in Choma district and not Kalomo.

This was after residents of Kalomo’s Dundumwezi, through their Member of Parliament Edgar Sing’ombe expressed displeasure after President Edgar Lungu stated that the pole was cut down in their area.

Mr. Sing’ombe expressed dismay that President Lungu threatened to withdraw support from Southern Province on account of an act he termed as “economic sabotage”.

The Engineer, who asked for his name to be withheld, also confirmed to Byta FM News he has since been fired because his statement contradicted President Lungu’s statement.

He adds that all he wants is his money from the past three years that he has worked with the authority.

Byta FM

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    • The engineer was not smart, most of time Politics is kind of comedy. For example if Kambwili says “Uwanya ichisushi tafwisa mate”. You as an engineer don’t have to rush to media to repeat the same. Using his name sake Edgar and speaking in Tonga was just a funny thing to do.
      Dundumwezi or Choma or Edgar’s constituency it doesn’t matter, stop cutting the fuccking poles!!

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  1. You can imagine how many people are waiting to teach PF a lesson in 2021.To PF this is just one citizen they dont realise he has a family and friends who have also been affected.Nor do yjey realise the cumulative total of all those fired unfairly and their families and friends, forget about those disgusted with their theft corruption and incompetence…

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  2. That is his pronlem and big mouth.He must be wise enough to know that his job is to work and not issuing political statement.After all Zambian engineers are useless sitting in offices.They cant cant even make a simple Razer blade.Let him invent something to earn a living and not crying for a job.

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    • Ala kupapafye mune.

      Who cares whether the pole was in Choma or Kalomo anyways? As long as there was some sabotageous-like cutting of infrastructure of economic value to the nation. These thinheads don’t get it. It was in the region anyway.

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  3. When will this stupidity by politicians stop?

    Any yet we have seemingly normal people rolling on the ground and kowtowing for such stupidity!

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  4. From the comments one can tell that this country is full of shameless and unpatriotic carders, the project engineer was the right person to talk about the pole that was chopped not someone who was miles away. I salute the project manager for not being political and saying the truth, so technically you all wanted the president to dent the name of people from dundumwezi seriously, you should be ashamed of yourselves you stupd useless carders. To hell with this One Zambia One Nation crap.

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    • Why would the President of all things start talking about Zesco Poles when his government has more pressing issues he cant fix. He shuns away from important issues just the same way he chickens out for a press briefing and interview. Wrong things are happenning in our country today and seems we dont have any leadership in place to control.

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    • The level of our leadership has been reduced to discussing one ZESCO pole somewhere in the middle of the bush in some isolated place in southern part of the country. Now we have to know the official “correct” GPS location coordinates of that pole because if you got a different reading, you get fired.

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  5. I think the guy who politicised this was the MP. What does it matter if the cut pole was in Kalomo or Choma? What does it matter if the President made a slip of the tongue or was given wrong information? The pole was cut deliberately, which is an act of sabotage never mind the reason.
    Whether HH is the President or not or never will be, the bottom line is that the people there need electricity. You cant have whole responding in the manner he did to the President. There are civil ways to Express your concerns, not always imitating foul mouthed HH when you talk.

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    • Exactly my point.

      Thank God you can read between the lines. We have to put up with these useless MPs’ nonsense, from walkouts to sabotage.

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    • Amazing how f00ls can gather and agree in chorus. We have ZESCO spokesperson, we have Provincial Minister, Provincial PS, District Commissioner, MP, Ward Councilor, and Project manager to look into the case and find solutions. The office of the president should have not directly engaged in this. Look at how it has backfired and misinterpreted. If you lie with dogs you wake up with fleas. We should protect the president from such involvement.

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  6. The people who have fired the engineer know him by name. The people on the ground know him by name so why hide his identity yet he has given statements. This smells FAKE NEWS to excite uncritical minds of the Party. Also, does his job include giving press statement, assuming it is true …?

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  7. This what happens when the whole president’s office is foooolishly commenting on the cutting of one single pole based on false allegations instead of national matters like the economy

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  8. SO IF SOMEONE IS IGNORANT OF A SPECIFIC FACT BUT HOLDS A HIGHER POSITION THEN WE SHOULD ALL HAVE COLLECTIVE IGNORANCE BECAUSE CORRECTING THAT PERSON IS A CRIME, NO WONDER ZAMBIA CAN NOT DEVELOP.
    DON’T WORRY BWANA ENGINEER WE ARE ALMOST IN 2020, JUST GO FLAT OUT TO CAMPAIGN WE ARE WITH YOU AND WE KNOW WHAT TO DO, THEY WANTED YOU TO BEHAVE LIKE THE ACC DIRECTOR WHO EXHIBITED COLLECTIVE IGNORANCE OF THE MUSHROOMING HOUSES.

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  9. From the PF rats above pandering up to dictatorship, it is clear to see what region of zambia they come from…..how can someone be fired for clearing a wrong comment concerning his area of work ??

    Why should the engineer concerned allow a wrong comment by lungu or any one spoile his work by associating it with economic vandalism ??

    If this story is true, this just confirms how corrupt and hopeless this lungu is to be allowing such abouses of citizens under his watch

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  10. PF supporters please sometimes show a bit of class and intelligence. Fyonse ifyabupuba you have to support? How stup!d can you be please?

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  11. In other more important news.. I made love to my white Swiss Angel of a wife last night. Sleepless night so if am cranky please understand me

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  12. Dear Engineer,
    Be strong and courageous.They think persecuting professionals indicates performance.your fellow professionals have already been dismissed based on tribe and political accusations.Get your money and engage in a productive venture

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  13. Is President a God in Zambia? He was and still is a mortal with his own weaknesses, including telling lies which he peddled while he was in legal practice. Come 2021 he will be fired and if he is not careful, the incoming President HH (he has his own score to settle with the directionless PF ringleaders headed by President) will jail him for life and god forbidden if it is M’membe the whole PF will cry to their grave.

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  14. THIS IS RIDICULOUS – THE PROJECT ENGINEER NEEDS TO TAKE THIS CASE FURTHER. WHAT A SAD DAY. ANYONE WHO DRIVES TO DUNDUMWEZI KNOWS THAT THERE ARE NO POWER LINES INSTALLED IN THIS AREA YET. WHO ARE THE PF TRYING TO FOOL. JOSHUA MILLER YOU ARE CORRECT !

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  15. People are being arrested and fired “in national interest” over a pole but no movement whatsoever on the 48 mansions…the thieves behind the fire tenders publicly flaunt their stolen wealth…what kind of country is this? A true banana republic!

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  16. It does matter whether it’s one pole or where it is.Its subottage.

    The Project Engineer is just dull like many engineers.

    How can you not know how GOVT operates?

    There are channels to follow when addressing professional issues.

    Instead,the engineer chose politics.So,let him reap what he sowed.
    When you choose to get in the RING with the President,expect a round 1 knock out.THATS JUST THE WAY IT IS IN ZAMBIA.
    Don’t argue.Be wise if you love your dependents.

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    • Yes sabotage is sabotage, but it did not happen in his area, that is what the engineer was simply pointing out…….

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  17. Let us be real,we need to have a law which will deal with any province or area involved with sabotage to cut off from development, that will be a very good idea so that people will have that ownership of any development.

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