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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Where are they? Zambians question PF Ministers’s silence over gassing

Headlines Where are they? Zambians question PF Ministers’s silence over gassing

Some Zambians have taken to social media to question the continued silence from majority of PF Ministers over the ongoing gas attacks in several parts of the country.

The citizens are questioning why the usually vocal PF Ministers have taken a lukewarm approach to the issue when Zambians are demanding for answers for the gassing incidents.

Those that posted on Facebook and Twitter said it is strange that majority of the serving Ministers have not even issued a statement about the happenings in the country.

Some citizens have described the current PF Cabinet as one of the worst in the history of Zambia.

They however mentioned Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo as one who is usually proactive in dealing with public concerns.

“We are only seeing and hearing from Bowman (Lusambo). “Where is Dora (Siliya), the Information Minister has gone mute when we need updates on what is happening in the country. It appears all the Ministers have decided to protect their jobs by keeping quiet,” wrote Nkomkomalimba K..

“Where are all these people in a crisis? Even the President complained but I don’t know why he can’t fire them,” he questioned.

“The title of “boss” only signifies power over others. To be called a leader, you must inspire your team through your actions and words to believe in a common vision,” he said.

He added, “The mark of a true leader is the ability to encourage people to commitment and engagement that is the foundation for continued success. To start leading and stop bossing, emulating the habits of inspiring leaders.”

They said only Bowman Lusambo is seen to be responding to the needs of the people.

“With him at least we know he is there each time you call on him. He is very proactive and if President Lungu could have at least ten people operating like Bowman, then things would be better.”

And Charles C. stated, “Even Kaunda’s cabinet was better, at least they were rarely mentioned in scandals.”

Kafwanka said the buck stops at President Lungu.

“It’s simple, the buck stops at the appointing authority. He is simply incompetent or just not interested in the affairs of the nation,” Kafwanka stated.

And Julius K. wondered where the likes of Professor Dennis Wanchinga are because they do not even issue any policy statement ion issues affecting their respective ministries.

“The truth is that this gassing issue is cross cutting. It started in Chingola and now has spread to all parts of the country. It’s a national issue and we need to hear our Ministers giving hope but they have chosen to go mute.”

“Even the Provincial Ministers do not talk at all. Ask yourself, where was Japhen Mwakalombe when the entire Copperbelt was being gassed? Where is the Provincial Minister for Eastern Province? People are living in fear whilst the Ministers are sleeping in highly secure homes,” lamented Bwalya C.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. What you need to know is the Police are working very hard to bring all criminals to book and the situation is coming back to normal. Those who added to this hysteria (online media, politicians and some members of the public) must be ashamed of themselves for the damage they have caused,

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  2. Let’s allow our police and intelligence officers to do their work professionally without undue obstacles which could arise from unnecessary comments. Certain public comments can jeopardize useful investigations and arrests. Let’s allow the mandated professionals to bring to a logical conclusion the cases at hand. There are administrative & legal structures/ processes for all diversities of criminal and civil cases. You see, there is no perfect crime. Every crime has loose ends. The criminals behind the inhuman act of terrorizing innocent and peace loving citizens will be caught up in the long arms of the law. They will all be caught and punished. Their days are numbered.

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  3. The employers(Zambian people) need to fire these incompetent bunch! They are so arrogant and self important when they should be public servants.. Most are headed to prison in 2020..Make hay while it lasts as all ill-gotten wealth will return to Zambian people.

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  4. Why blame the ministers if their boss is dead scared of facing the bleeding nation. Dola tried yesterday after seeing HH on prime the other day.

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  5. The ‘mother of the nation’ spoke on behalf of all the Government officials when she emotionally appealed to the gassers to stop the evil acts

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  6. WAIT,YOU WILL SEE WHAT THIS KZ MAN WILL SAY. HE NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME. KZ,WE ARE WAITING KAILI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. it is ZP’s duty to ensure that the criminals are brought to book of which investigations are still under way. whether or not the ministers speak about it, nothing will change.

  8. You want all ministers to come on your doorsteps for you to know that they concerned about gassing issues?
    What a question?

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  9. And their Cadres, where are they also? The last i heard of them was when they went to disturbing Bill 10 debate at Mulungushi conference

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  10. Tikambe, A lot of the mob killings resulted from hysteria as common people felt the state was either unable or unwilling to provide them with basic security even as they slept in their homes. Leadership entails coming out to give timely information as to what is being done and the progress that is being made. Our leaders failed miserably to do that. Ask yourself, why is it that when it works for their personal agenda to stay in power eg Bill 10, Seer 1, bye elections, all the ministers are so vocal and all over the country but when a serious crisis affects the common man they all go quiet – including the President? Something is not adding up here.

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    • Chamu, they did not fail.
      you need to understand that the issues you’ve brought up were pointing direct at them of which they had no choice but to speak up, bill 10 isn’t a national crisis but a development plan same applies with by elections.
      Of course gassing affects the common man of the nation and affects the government even more but have you asked yourself a question that even if they speak about it,are the criminals going to bring themselves forth? No and about the president I believe you’re aware that he held a press briefing concerning the same, and that anyone who is going to lead the police to the mastermind will be rewarded K250000.
      The nation has received updates from the police spokesperson about arrests of suspects that might lead them to sorting out this national…

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  11. What do you expect when their leader is incompetent and a coward….Bowman is just a foool it’s just funny that you are using him as a yardstick for leadership and dont dare compare KK’s Cabinet to these morons.

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  12. Zambia is in the hands of these incompetent lot busy building mansions in Swaziland at the expense of the poor who are victims of these fools inaction . They have depleted the national wallet and built 48 houses without owners .As if that is not worse , the highest court in the land cannot execute it own judgement because they are scared stiff of Jonathan who has warned them before not to copy Kenyan Judges .Zambian has gone to the dogs .

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  13. U are asking where the ministers are and why they are so quiet in the midst of this gassing issue? Well the answer is that the guilty ones are always afraid. Most of the senior people in PF know about this gassing issue and why it is taking place. Please fellow country men and women, never ever make a covenant with the devil. Even when a witch is bewitching a member of the family, he would pretend to be innocent. As the Bible puts it clearly: u shall know them by their works. Indeed it is clear for all to see.

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  14. They are not only vocal honorables but Horribles. They have failed Zambians. Gassing impact could never be felt today but it might be sometime in the near future as we all know that some chemicals are slow poisoning and can result in some bad health even affect others in the closets of the same. Why is the govnment upto now telling us the brand or name of the Chemical?
    TOO BAD TOO BAD. YOU ARE QUICK AT HIV TESTS BUT YOU ARE NOT HELPFUL ON WHAT THE CURRENT PROBLEMS.

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  15. I am not in court. I have just had a busy day. Why should ministers be expected to talk about something that is being investigated by the police. Talking carelessly without purpose is what leads to lying as is the case with many talkative opposition members

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  16. I don’t understand where these silly comments are coming from. The other week I watched Margaret mwanakatwe visiting institutions of learning in her constituency that were gassed. She spoke authoritatively, warning gassers that the police are closing in. Not too many days ago nkhandu was doing the same thing. So what are you people talking about? Znbc news is there for everyone to watch, and yet you are the same people who pride in the fact that you don’t watch znbc news. So stay ignorant and shut up. There’s a chief government spokesperson for this or the minister of home affairs. Not everyone should be making comments including ministers. Careless comments jeopardize investigations.

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  17. Here is the truth: They took no meaningful action with their incompetent security wings (as arranged) and watched as people were murdered – Their ‘Great Leader’ provided no leadership or firm direction because he is weak and implicit. This all smacks of a plan gone wrong and a government in desperate damage control after some skimming in the background. The original plan was to implicate the opposition but as control is lost, they have now been wondering whether that is still viable – hence portraying that all along they were ‘investigating’ while innocent people died. Don’t even mention the impotent MP’s scared like rabbits in headlights and thinking of their own survival.

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  18. I must agree with ‘suntan sunkutu’ ignorance will kill some people, you choose not to listen to znbc news then come here and blame the government on issues you know nothing about.

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