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Friday, April 23, 2021

Zambia’s Empowerment Projects Only Favours Patriotic Front Members-UPND Vice President

Headlines Zambia's Empowerment Projects Only Favours Patriotic Front Members-UPND Vice President

United Party for National Development, Vice President Mutale Nalumango says developmental and empowerment projects have been shared with a bias of political affiliation because Zambia has a political Party government and not a National government.

Ms Nalumango said this when she featured on ‘Frank on “Capital Talk programme” on Capital Talk Radio yesterday morning.

“President Lungu must stand up as a Republican President, and not a Political Party President that is why he moved to be Republican President, he should sometimes be blind to his political affiliation and be national because if you go down, you will find that projects like youth empowerment favour Patriotic Front members, this is what is happening, PF members are favoured ” said Ms Nalumango.

She said a National Programme should not be affiliated to a political Party like what is happening were PF officials are managing national programmes earmarked to improve people’s welfare.

She also appealed to the nation at large especially the Civil Society Organisations to partner with people and advocate for the legislation that protects women because the numbers for women in politics has remained low.

She appealed to women across the country to participate in politics however called for advocacy against political violence which she said has contributed to low numbers of women participating in politics.

Ms Nalumango said women love peace and caring for one another meaning that more women in parliament and government will lead to a peaceful nation with better lives.

Some of the youths that have been empowered with fuel tankers listening to President Edgar Lungu's speech at Mulungushi Conference centre.Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS
Some of the youths that have been empowered with fuel tankers listening to President Edgar Lungu’s speech at Mulungushi Conference centre.Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS

President Edgar Lungu presents keys of tanker to Moses Musonda of  Logmus Multipurpose Cooperatives of the Copperbelt during this year's youth day celebrations at Mulungushi Conference centre.Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS
President Edgar Lungu presents keys of tanker to Moses Musonda of Logmus Multipurpose Cooperatives of the Copperbelt during this year’s youth day celebrations at Mulungushi Conference centre.Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS

 Government through the Ministry of youth and sports has purchased fuel tankers to empower youths, in the picture above, are the fuel tankers ready for distribution.Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS
Government through the Ministry of youth and sports has purchased fuel tankers to empower youths, in the picture above, are the fuel tankers ready for distribution.Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS

Minister of youth and sports Emmanuel Mulenga (left) explains how the fuel tankers the Government has bought for youths will be operated during  this year's youth day commemorations at Mulungushi conference centre in Lusaka. Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS
Minister of youth and sports Emmanuel Mulenga (left) explains how the fuel tankers the Government has bought for youths will be operated during this year’s youth day commemorations at Mulungushi conference centre in Lusaka. Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS

President Edgar Lungu samples one of the purchased Rosa Buses Government has bought for the youths during this year's youth day celebrations at Mulungushi Conference centre in Lusaka. Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS
President Edgar Lungu samples one of the purchased Rosa Buses Government has bought for the youths during this year’s youth day celebrations at Mulungushi Conference centre in Lusaka. Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS

31 COMMENTS

  1. All taxpayers are equal and MMD ,UPND and other party youths should be treated equally.This is public resources for private gain…its illegal.

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  2. These are handouts and badly creating a culture of dependency.Real empowerment is creating jobs ,education and naturing youth talents.

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  3. Can’t argue with her here. But it has been like that since UNIP days and through MMD. It’s actually a cultural problem not just a PF problem.

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  4. I thought UPND did not recognize ECL as republican president. On the part of women representation wasn’t bill 10 supposed to address that and you shot it down. PF is called the ruling party for a reason.

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  5. LETS HOPE WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
    OUR AFRICAN POLITICS REALLY IS VERY LACKING
    IT SHOULD BE FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE
    AND NOT FOR THE PF BY THE PF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SIMPLE QUESTION ARE WE IN A DICTATORSHIP HERE ????

  6. LETS HOPE WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
    OUR AFRICAN POLITICS REALLY IS VERY LACKING
    IT SHOULD BE FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE
    AND NOT FOR THE PF BY THE PF
    SIMPLE QUESTION ARE WE IN A TOTALITARIAN
    RULE HERE ????

  7. All those fuel tankers, if found to be proceeds of crime will be forfeited to the State after August 12. Better to be given cash. But even that source of cash will be questioned. Create jobs so that the youths can build their own capital and wealth

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  8. Where is this Money for Empowerment coming from? If it’s Taxpayer’s Money it must be allocated under a Ministerial Budget. Which Ministry is Ministry of Finance allocating this Money for Empowerment ? Is there an audit trail to the allocation of this Money? Recently Borrowing by GRZ has sharply increased. Does it mean that Ministry of Finance is disbursing Taxpayer’s Money directly to the Ruling PF Party? Is this not using Public Resources for 2021 Campaign purposes? Meantime as a result of Printing Money and borrowing Money recklessly inflation has spiked and prices of Consumer goods and services have skyrocketed and People can’t afford. People are Angry and Hungry and will wait for August 12,2021 to express their displeasure thru the Ballot Box. The writing is on the wall.

  9. Who owns those tankers? Because no man can walk in street and say hey you, here is tanker go help yourself.
    The incoming UPND government need to know where those tankers will be parking, maybe this first and last time we ever them.

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  10. It takes two to tangle.
    The moment you stopped dividing youths across political lines the better. I have seen the upndead politicize ALL national events from National day of Prayers through Public holidays to Empowerment programs. Even in this article, I see Nalumango championing and sowing the spirit and seed of division. If because of politics, you will endeavor to shoot down any progressive Bill in parliament just because you think it will make the ruling party popular, you will be hurting your Country in one way or the other. Matter of facts there should not be party youths but national youths for simple reasons. Political groupings cease to exist but there will always be Zambian youths. Stop abusing youths.

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  11. It takes two to tangle.
    I have heard and seen Government doing empowerment across Zambia. Mutale Nalumango – MN, is not trying to lie through politics that all youths getting empowered are so called pro PF youths.
    Secondly, youth or citizens empowerment is not a wrong notion as some lazy goons would want to put it. If a youth is educated and only one piece is remaining to complete the puzzle as in capital, I personally see no issue here. Empowering a youth with a ready business plan is cool but “empowering” a cluesless individual is dangerous and wasteful. Galamukani.

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  12. UNIP did not have empowerment programs can’t recall MMD .PF empowerment has enriched a few and largely failed in aims, part of the nation’s debt which hasn’t achieved the intended purpose.Maybe the purpose itself is unclear repayment vague and results are also vague.Higer buses is a an example of a failed empowerment project.

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  13. Something tells me that Mutale is scared and lying between her teeth.
    IT’S TOUGH BEING OPPOSITION IN ZAMBIA MWE! UNDERSTANDABLY SO.
    But we are also keen to scrutinize these politicians by their remarks.
    How true are these claims that only the so called PF youths benefit from empowerment?
    Mwebo cikumine twebeniko.
    I personally beg to differ.
    I think upnd is feeling the pressure.
    I feel pity for upnd. They need to change strategy if they want make any difference. Everyone talks loud in upnd.

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  14. I watched this lady Ms Nalumango on social media on a Radio phone-in programme …she talks sense and with passion compared to the tired hen Bo Inonge who is retiring and wasted 5 years in office reading newspapers and lying or ignorant in Parliament

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  15. Pharaoh’s Braggadocio – The evidence is there to see…what cruteria do they use to select people if they truly wanted to empower people there are NGOs on the ground that can assist them.

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  16. How did you arrive at buying fuel tankers as a way of empowering the youth and how many are going to benefit?

  17. Upnd, a party of crying weak pu55sys who complain all the time. I now see where the upnd diasporans get it from. Sick chaps

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  18. DIASPORANS ? UPND ? DOES THIS CHAP HAVE ANY REPERTIORE AT ALL ???????
    WHEN THE DIASPORANS sICK CHAPS, PU55SYS WIN
    I WILL TEACH YOU THE ART OF STRATERGISING

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  19. Tikki I can see you are fully utilizing that vpn. When I told tarino about it he called me a imposter because my flag shows a UK one. He is technologically backwards

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  20. Iwe, have you ever heard your ka hh calling ECL as President Lungu or simply referring to him as president. So how can you now mourn that he acts like a party president and not republican. And when you stop your youths and women from accessing for the same funds, what do you expect? Do you want govt to follow you and beg you to accept the funding? Your youths shun youth day celebrations and you want them to enjoy the funds? Let those that respect govt efforts enjoy what govt is doing for them. There should be no partisanship in some of these programs, just humble yourselves and let you members enjoy what the govt is doing for them. I am proudly UPND, but not a supporter of hh.

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  21. FAIR ENOUGH KAIZER ,,,,,,, FIRSTLY WHY SHOULD ANY OF US BE USING A VPN
    WE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOICE OUR DISPLEASURE AND CALL A SPADE A SPADE
    SUPRESSING FREE SPEECH TENDS TO LEAD PEOPLE UNDERGROUND WHICH WILL WORK AGAINST YOU
    IM NOT TALKING ABOUT THIS SITE BUT THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND WHO ARE SCARED TO VOICE THEIR TRUE FEELINGS
    YOU MUST BE AWARE WE ZAMBIANS TEND TO GIVE AN ANSWER WHICH WE THINK THE QUESTIONER WANTS TO HEAR
    SO YOU WILL NEVER KNOW THE TRUE FACTS
    LASTLY LEAVE MY FRIEND “ORANGE” ALONE HE IS ONLY VOICING HIS OPINION
    AND ITS SEEMS TO ONLY BE TRUTH WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

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  22. The empowerment is welcome. however what good will it do for them receiving these donations without good business and management knowledge. like someone above who alluded to the Higer bus scheme which has failed so will this fail too if the beneficiaries do not how to use the donated things effectively as well as efficiently. as government we should learn better from past mistakes, it would have been well had these donations been given to people, businesses or groups who have proven themselves with good business setup and sound business acumen otherwise it will only end as a show for everyone to see but never really seeing any tangible benefit from the empowerment.

  23. I hope the beneficiaries understand that what they have received is to be used as a stepping stone or door opener to to grow whatever businesses the have stared even further. if the business will die when these donated items cease to be economically operational then the empowerment has not achieved it purpose at all.

  24. A NATIONAL DEBATE IN SPREADING TO THE STREETS NOW
    SUPPORT IT SO THERE IS NO DOUBT IN OUR MIND WHO TO VOTE FOR

  25. This leadership hsnt got nothing for this nation bt for PF. Is this country for those in PF? Ad those mentioning UNIP ws doing the same, never did they do tht.
    UNIP created companies, serious one ad to standard, shame if we can’t appreciate thm, never will we hv history.

  26. When we lost the election in 2016…we advised not to go and waste time but mobilise the party..we called for a convention to renew the functionaries…quickly announce those in the structure and go flat our…we were called names from janjweed to what ever pleased our distractors…we called for non boycott of national events…for thats how you reach to the best…we called for debate in parliament instead of trying to follow juju ….we encouraged the great one to reach out to everyone who had left the party and sit as a family to sort out issues…it all fell on deaf ears…now elections are round the corner…we trying to fast track what we said do before…

  27. I don’t see anything wrong if it is the Zambian youth who are being empowered, some people think more about politics than what they looking for , I have lived in Zambia for more than fifty long years but never saw youth empowerment funds this development is rather new.
    This shows that Zambia is no longer a poor country but one of the most attractive countries in southern Africa. If youths could be wiser than politicians they will live very comfortable lives and there will be less crime in the nation.

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