Tuesday, June 18, 2024

HH’s misuse of public resources by maintaining two Presidential residences

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By Kapya Kaoma

“You have been given an opportunity to elect. You elect a Hyena. And when the goats are eaten, you wonder why.”

I don’t usually pay attention to TikTok clips, but this clip, I replayed over and over. It brought to mind President Hichilema’s characterization of President Sata as “Chimbwi with no plan.” But after listening to dishonorable Felix Mutati lie to poor Zambians to wait until 2023 to thank the HH administration for the ongoing hardship despite promises to do otherwise, I realized it is akin to thanking hyenas after they have eaten all the goats. The problem is, the hyenas would have multiplied, and there won’t be goats. And so are the masses of Zambians who will die due to economic hardships because of HH’s devilish deception that made them vote for him based on his grand lies that he would take care of their plight rather than worsen it. To Mutati as to HH and his worshipers, those Zambians don’t count at all!

Amidst all talks of economic reforms, President Hichilema is maintaining two Presidential residences, a set of personnel, security details, daily motorcade, cooks, etc. One wonders if the New Dark Regime has quantified the cost of transporting the President from, and to his private home to the State House a day. How much does it cost to staff each House a day? How much does it cost to clean and maintain, power, maintain communication equipment, security, etc? How about the people cleared to work in those facilities? This is one example of misusing resources of untold magnitude.

Clearly, President Hichilema lacks empathy. Does he understand how his presence endangers innocent lives in New Kasama? The area was not zoned for Presidential housing. Aside from inconveniencing other residents whose private lives are now monitored daily by military, police and secret services, the President is endangering citizens’ lives. Assuming there is an attempt on his life (God for bid), innocent lives could be lost unnecessarily. Besides, does he care about the inconvenience he causes for commuters who endure traffic jams each day? No–it feeds his obsessively egotistical personality. This is the attitude that drives his values.

Why should people suffer daily inconveniences because of his refusal to live in the Official Presidential House? It makes one wonder what he is hiding in his house–feeding into many African traditional conspiracy theories surrounding his Presidency. Or is it his narcissistic pride that makes him think he is too special to sleep in the house that other Presidents have used? Yet Presidents live in Official State Houses for the national symbolic importance as opposed to the beauty of it. Another sign of his heartless personality–he rather waste national resources on promoting his egomaniac inferiority complex.

But there is something that clip led me to think about; the Simba–Scar (Simba’s uncle and main antagonist) scenario in The Lion King movie. Like Mutati, Gary Nkombo, and countless UPND cadres, hyenas were Scar’s most loyal followers and henchmen. They made Scar the King of Pride Lands, through grand deception. In return, Scar gave them liberty to hunt at will–leading to over-hunting and starvation in the Kingdom. After Simba returned and reclaimed the throne, Scar survived the fall. But it is the hyenas who tore him apart. Why? For his years of lies and treachery. And which Chimbwi knows this game, but Felix Mutati? A great hyena of every administration, always kissing the boots of each Scar in power. So today, he shout Bally, tomorrow he will shout X.

It is one thing to have a President without a plan, but not heartless. President HH is detached from ordinary peoples’ lives, thus his economic policies are unprecedentedly harmful to the poor. No matter how much these hyenas spin it, the poor will become poorer and a tiny minority will become richer under the new Dark Regime–among them is HH. This is true in 2022 and will be true in 2026!

So don’t believe hyenas as some Bally worshipers are doing. The price of fuel or the cost of living won’t come down, just get used to it. Your tummies will shrink as things become harder and harder. But be warned. The heartless Chimbwi will be sending his dishonorable liars with lie after lie to calm us down–“things will be better off the following year.”

Can we believe them for once? Why haven’t they told us that they won’t get their salaries until 2023? Why won’t they tell us that they won’t drive until 2023? Why don’t they tell us that they won’t sleep in hotels or get their allowances in 2023? Why don’t they tell us they won’t tax us until 2023? Why are they increasing everything on us, but giving themselves big checks? Such is the life of the henchmen of Scar–they care for nothing but their interests. They are happy to maintain two Presidential Houses, but watch kids die in hospitals, families go without life-saving drugs, students drop out because they don’t have bursaries, and the poor die in homes! For when it comes to the smell of goats, a Chimbwi is heartless!

President HH, I pray you are listening!

47 COMMENTS

  1. When politicians mess up the economy, the citizenry have to sacrifice.

    When will the so called leaders sacrifice???

    We expected HH to abolish the position of District Commissioner but no like all other former presidents, he succummed to the pressure of rewarding cadres with jobs as DC’s.

    It’s a shame, looking at how much money the country would have saved by removing this evil position of DC.

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  2. HH’s abuses ,real or imagined ,do not even come close to the abuses of the last 10yrs by the corrupt PF administration.

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    • The poor logic that because we were oppressed by a previous tyrant we should not worry about the present tyrant is preposterous. We defeat evildoers together with their evil acts. We cant keep the previous evils because we have new leaders. State House was built with our taxes for elected presidents to use. Zambian presidents think they are superbeings who should make and only obey their own laws. And that is their first mistake. Be humble in your acts or you will end up like Donald Trump.

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  3. Abuse of power is still abuse. It is not a question of whose more abusive or what not.
    What HH is doing is wrong, let’s call a spade a spade.
    What HH is telling us is that he simply wanted power from the presidency but doesn’t want the rest of what is required to be a President.

    UPND supporters need to shift their attention from PF losing Power to UPND delivering on their promises.

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  4. As Zambians we need to stop creating Demi Gods.

    Let us respect our leaders evennas we hold them accountable.

    We didn’t write the UPND manifesto or Campaign promises..

    They did it themselves, but if they have seen it fit tonturn around on their promises let them come back to us and explain.

    HH is no longer CEO of a company, or chairman of some board. He owes to us citizens to explain government position.

    We did not vote for his ministers, we voted for him to be the driver of our country, we care less who is ministers are.

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  5. Hahahahahahaha kekekekekekeke kikikikikikijukija Hehehehehehe nkunkunkunkyu hahahahahaha
    I did know that Upnd Kapya loved cartoons too. You should have named the title differently. Perhaps “Lion King comes alive, a clear case of scar hh’s kingship”.
    I really don’t like you Kapya but I found myself bursting into laughter after attepting to read your article line by line for the first time since I vowed to skip reading your scribbles. B.a.al is happy wasting resources maintaining his home and going to state house to work everyday and sun.t.wes sing k.um.baya; tu.kaba.bwino kuntanshi. That’s really a wa.ste.

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    • Yangu! So you think cartoons are for whom? Cartoons have been a way of delivering the message to autocrats while making people laugh. We need more cartoons in our current dispensation

  6. Stay tuned to smaller and worthless hyenas on this podium trying to consolidate the chief chimbwi’s tukababwino kuntanshi mantra.
    I don’t like your attack on Felix Mutati but it is embarrassing to me for you to factually stating the truth as is. For everything you have stated about him is true.

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  7. This issue has been around for a while now. At least the state house should’ve taken the time to explain to the public what it’s going on.

    “commander is the person who exercises supreme command and control over armed forces or a military branch. As a technical term, it refers to military competencies that reside in a country’s executive leadership, a head of state or a head of government.”

    Some of us interpret this as being rude to security forces.

  8. This issue has been around for a while now. At least the state house should’ve taken the time to explain to the public what it’s going on.

    “commander is the person who exercises supreme command and control over armed forces or a military branch. As a technical term, it refers to military competencies that reside in a country’s executive leadership, a head of state or a head of government.”

  9. This issue has been around for a while now. At least the state house should’ve taken the time to explain to the public what it’s going on.

    Some of us interpret this as being rude to security forces.

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  10. Truth hurts.
    This one hits where it supposedly matters. You say the truth nothing but the truth so help you God.
    I am taken aback at the story picture above trying to connect. Was that accident caused by baal.
    Indeed what’s hidden in that Kasama House? Rituals? What ceremony does perform in his bunker every morning and evenings? Is it every midnight?

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  11. IT IS LIKE OUR COLLEAGUES WHO SERVED IN THE PREVIOUS REGIME HAVE NOT STOPPED BLAMING HH FOR THE WRONG THINGS THE DID TO THE ECONOMY AND COUNTRY AS A WHOLE. PRIOR TO GENERAL ELECTION NAME HH WAS MENTIONED AT EVERY GATHERING THEY HAD AND EVEN NOW THEY CAN’T BELIEVE THAT THEY LOST POWER. YES WE ARE GAUGING HH TEAM PERFORMANCE FROM THIS YEAR AS THIS THE START OF THEIR BUDGET CYCLE AND SEE HOW THEY ARE GOING TO IMPLEMENT IT STEP BY STEP. ITS NOT THAT WE LIKE OPENING OUR MOUTHS ANY HOW TO SUPPORT HH AND HIS NEW DAWN ADMINSTRATION, BUT TRY TO BE SOBER AS TO GIVE ONE AMPLE TIME TO MPLEMENT WHAT WAS PROMOSID AND THIS CAN BE DONE WITHIN A SHORT TIME. I DON’T THE SEVERAL BLOOGERS WHO SUPPORTED HH WHEN IT MATTERED HAVE GONE TO MAY BE SOME HAVE LANDED GOVT POSITIONS AND THEY HAVE JUST GONE MUTE.

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  12. #5 Citizen… Mitigation before sentence is pronounced:
    My Lord I killed him just a little.
    Yes abuse is abuse… no excuses

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  13. What if HEHH says all expenses arising from him living in New kasama are met from his personal funds including his salary as president which he does not need ????

    Which he can prove……..

    What are you going to say ????……

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  14. Spot on Ba Rev. Kapya Kaoma. We have people in leadership who are frighteningly heartless. Show me which President in the whole world on planet earth maintains two presidential residences? Is it not just Bally? He does not give it a damn that he has been abusing tax payers’ money’s for four (4) months now. If there is one case of abuse of office that will have to be investigated against the current President, this should be one of them. There will be need for an investigation on how much money is being spent of the security detail camping at his New Kasama home and escorting him every day. That will need to be quantified so that he can be made to personally pay for this from his pension. He has created new offices without following the constitution. There are new PSs at cabinet for…

  15. What a dull chap. Since when? Which law? I would rather have HH with his option to leave where he feels most comfortable than Lungu who legalizes theft of public resources in broad daylight. Please go read the auditor general over the past 7 years. This chap would rather write about HH and nothing on Lungu – must be a PF Carder.

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  16. special duties (two of them), new deputy PSs and media personnel created without following the law. All this will have to be investigated so that he is made to pay for this personally from his pension.

  17. Thorn in the chakuti, seems the loss of power by your ka god Lungu has gotten you more hysterical than usual. Therapy helps I hear.

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  18. I couldn’t have said it any better. Hh thinks he is better than everyone else. He thinks he is some god. Chi-car-la chakwe!!!!!

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  19. Useless chap and article. Must be a PF carder. You should have been more vocal during Lungu’s tenure on abuse of funds or authority. You should talking about the current auditor general findings and not HH’s reaidence if you want to add value other LT please don’t entertain this chap. The choice of residence is there. You cannot force him to leave in a place he does not feel comfortable.

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  20. Ayopa chinji HECHI HECHI? Efuna u president. Tamupasa. Mambala ayopa kungena mu state house. Ndiye manyengwe aya. Kukamba kwandithendithe Namutambwe anazitengela. Yendani ku State House amudala. Imwe ni 5 years mwachokapo. Mu nawina u president through wenye.

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  21. 23 Hyena Dudeloverboy
    My nigga, see Kapya’s concerns first and come let’s have a conversation afterwards. Otherwise is it difficult to shut it?

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  22. Abuse of office is misuse of resources under the custody of somebody, and this is tantamount to corruption. (Misuse of tax payers money)
    A public servant can commit the offense of abuse of public office even if he or she is accomplishing a legitimate public function.

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  23. TO LOSE POWER & STOLEN CASH HANDOUTS, AFTER PREDICTING YOU WILL HANDOVER POWER TO YOUR CORRUPT SELVES REALLY ACHES!
    I am all for checks, balances & divergent views, BUT unfortunately we are dealing with BITTER crest fallen tu Piyefu.
    All you hear in their debates is just total mat2vee!!
    Ati H.H does rituals in community House. Grow up!
    The level of sh1te is mind-boggling, similar to sh1t spewed by D.N.A B0wman & Bin0culars Nakat0mba!!

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  24. In a normal country, all expenses are costed and reported to parliament and nation. It includes how much is spent to former presidents; former ministers flying them to hospitals outside. How much is spent on chiefs etc.

  25. HH did not survive the scrutiny of lungu and PF for 10 years for nothing……..

    HH is a very cautious man………..

    He cant fall for this silly charge of using GRZ resources at his kasama residence……

    He has covered him self, he expected such cheap charges and noise ….,…….

    HH is using his own resources for his kasama residence……….

    Next ………

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  26. TU PIYEFU & THIS AUTHOR LACK GREY MATTER!!
    Surely if one is to talk about misuse of meagre Government resources, one would focus on a Widow swindling drunkard, who all the way from the Taverns & Kachasu dens of Chawama, got so drunk with power, went ahead & purchased for himself & his equally shady Traffiker friends a “Ferrari in the Sky”, all whilst Pensioners remained unpaid, some even dying before receiving their benefits. Lelo General Banyala shamelessly says don’t blame us.
    Rebranding for real.

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  27. For those here supporting the president on this issue you’re not alive to presidential protection and public safety. Don’t just support because you love someone but be critical because that’s humane and morally right. I normally don’t agree with the writer but this article is worth a platform for those of us who truly love and support the president.

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  28. #35 You took the words out of my mouth. These people don’t want to admit that a mistake has been made. You don’t wait for disaster to happen to prevent it. Being president is not an ORDINARY THING. We never learn… especially at the criticism leveled against Edgar Lungu and vehemently the PF psychopaths defended him (blindly). Any don’t say you were not told.

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  29. As zambians, we are wondering what is happening is the opporsite of what was promissed.we will have to endure hardships up to 2026 because the cost of living will not come down but skyrocketing. HH and his administration will be the waste regime zambia has ever had. All these increases we are seing in fuel,ratsa and electricity fees are being past on to the ordinary citizens in addition to VAT, TAX and many levies that we continue paying to the state.we are really in trouble.

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  30. I remember Chiluba did something similar saying State House was possessed by demons. I wonder if Biden could do the same in Washington. Kikikikiki

  31. One’s own house is always ‘home’ & preferable. Like most people, Mr Hichilema probably just prefares his own permanent bedroom at home, than a temporary one at state house. Also, worth noting that, some people have set habits not easily discarded – he might just be that type of person. But, if you are the sort of person who finds adjustment difficult, & need comfort zones free of impositions by anyone, don’t aspire for national leadership; because, by doing this – the trouble for you is that, you open yourself to state requirements, & citizen’s demands. No comfort zones here, am afraid!

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    IP Addresses are not Anonymous, however the Blog Owner cannot see them unless they have an stats tool which logs IP address. IP Addresses are not Anonymous, however the Blog Owner cannot see them unless they have an stats tool which logs IP address. This KAIZAR needs to be tracked

  33. Interesting and well-written article, Kapya Kaoma. I think you have asked two valid questions: (1) Why is the President maintaining TWO residences? (2) Is the full cost of occupying TWO homes being charged to the public purse? In order for this article to be ‘punchy’ it would have been helpful if you had shown that you had, at least, made an attempt to seek a response from the government, perhaps by requesting that your MP raises a formal question with the government, either in writing or in parliament. Then you could reference the government’s formal response in your article. Some people reading your article may not be familiar with Zambia’s democratic and governmental processes, and might assume that it is normal for the President to maintain two official residences – and that you…

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