Friday, March 1, 2024

Ministry of Information Media Director and Spokesperson Thabo Kawana purchases luxury vehicle for wife, sparking controversy

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Thabo Kawana, the Ministry of Information Media Director and Spokesperson, has made headlines after reportedly purchasing a 2022 top-of-the-range P-Series LT version double cab vehicle as a holiday gift for his wife. According to Mr. Kawana, the purchase is a way to appreciate his wife’s love, care, and friendship, and to show his gratitude for her support and the joy she brings to his life.

Mr. Kawana stated that his wife, Ndita, meets his expectations in terms of love, respect, friendship, and care, and that she is the source of his happiness. He went on to say that without her love, he feels incomplete and a little lost, and that she is his friend, nurse, doctor, mother, and companion. Mr. Kawana emphasized that he remains grateful to his wife for the way she cares for him, and that getting her a brand new vehicle was the least he could do if it brings a smile to her face and joy to his heart.

Mrs. Kawana reportedly could not hold back tears of joy as her husband gifted her the vehicle earlier in the day. She thanked God for blessing her with such a loving and caring husband and father to their children. The gift was presented to Mrs. Kawana in the presence of their daughters, Beatrice, Grace, and Akende, who also thanked their father for loving their mother unconditionally and for always being there for his family.

However, the gift has not been without controversy. Citizens Kabamba Venny Musonda and Nkonkomalimba Kapumpe writing on facebook have offered their thoughts on the matter. Mr. Musonda expressed concern about the message being sent by the gift, and suggested that it may be seen as mocking other members of the party who are struggling financially. He stated that many UPND members who deserve a position of power are in poverty, and urged Mr. Kawana to have pity on these people and to consider the pain they are experiencing.

Mr. Kapumpe, on the other hand, suggested that the gesture may be perceived as disrespectful to the President, and questioned the message being sent to the public. He stated that the President had warned PF members about buying showroom cars out of corruption, and that now they can’t even afford spares. He argued that even if Mr. Kawana’s money is honest, the pictures of the gift may distort the message from the President and disrespect him.

53 COMMENTS

  1. He might be a beneficiary of the Black Mountain. The youths who were said to be empowered are still broke and hungry while the resource is almost exhausted

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    • Kalemba (Source FB) 15th August 2020
      Thabo Kawana is on a three times per week dialysis prescription at the UTH, but he describes the absence of the service since Tuesday as life threatening to patients.
      Kawana tells Byta FM News exclusively, that he has already started experiencing restless nights and swelling on his feet due to the rising water levels in his body.
      He is one of hundreds of patients in Lusaka that need Dialysis three times a week and adequate water supply to the unit is a must.
      Kawana charges that the hospital should invest in competent human resource at the water treatment plant to detect and rectify faults and ensure continuous supply of the much needed water.

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    • Two years ago this chap was queuing for his kidney treatment…if he is rich as he claims why didnt he go private today the same chap is buying $60K souped up Hilux for the Wife. Only someone who has stumbled on excess cash can go to such extremes…its time to do audit checks on these chaps, if loud ones like this one are suddenly becoming richier how about the already rich ones in senior and more influencial positions.
      HH its over to you to act ASAP are you going to let this one slide like your Foreign Affairs Minister!!!

    • I GAVE THABO KAWANA TRANSPORT MONEY TO ATTEND INTERVIEWS IN 2021.
      Early 2021, we appeared on Muvi tv blunt talk with thabo kawana. On this day, thabo kawana never had transport money and I helped him because both of us where in opposition. He was in MMD then, today in less than 2 years he has managed to buy a car worth a million plus. If it was us in opposition, ACC would have paraded the media for the arrest.
      If thabo kawana who is just a director and never had transport money to attend interviews can buy such a car, what about ministers? How much are they having? And if it’s normal for him to buy such a vehicle, why are former ministers investigated for the houses and cars which they have when they served for 10 years in government others 5 years.
      Thabo Kawana can’t claim that he…

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    • CONT’D has businesses, if he has businesses, why was he nearly failing to attend interviews which I came in to assist with transport money. He never even had a simple K50 to give to a journalist after the interview. Where have those businesses come from, even if he started those businesses after getting into government, he can’t make such a profit in less than 2 years.
      Logical questions:
      If he has businesses
      When did he start?
      How much was his capital to be making such profits?
      Why didn’t the same businesses buy him a car when he was in opposition?
      Where has he found the money in less than 2 years of being in government?
      Anyway, there are a lot of unanswered questions.
      LAZAROUS SIMUKOKO

    • It is not even a UPND. Mutati brought it.
      When did I start to call on getting rid of it. Look now, it start competing with Lusambo.
      Tomorrow it will post its ugly wife on huge bill board.

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    • Will we ever stop our politicians from stealing? Which civil servant can buy a car from his salary without a hand on the public purse? And the ACC are just looking on.. Until he goes into opposition.

    • Civil Servants. Do you have to call the media when you buy your wife a present? To show off to who? The opposition? That you are now enjoying yourself? Tuma little egos!

  2. This idea of publicly flaunting wealth is one of the reasons PF were booted out. Before the general population reacts, a revolt within the party is eminent. Watch this space.

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  3. Same sheet different a-hole. Nothing changes in this country. This case will go without investigation until after 2026 when there is change of government.

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  4. The usual story…looting continues..nothing has changed ..Lusaka is filthy…potholes everywhere….the city center is an eyesore…change of color from green to red and the rot starts from the head….HH is now loaded…this is just leftover loose change from HH’s deals with the mines

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  5. This is where I disagree with the President. If you say you want to run the country like a business, then do so. All MD’s and Top-level staff take action on junior members who have crossed the line, honest or not. Does he have to show the whole world what he bought for his wife? If genuine, buy from your heart and leave it at that. If your wife really appreciates what you have done, does the whole world need to know?
    The President MUST SET AN EXAMPLE NOW and use this opportunity to MOVE HIM, FIRE HIM ETC. THISIS YOUR CHANCE AND PROEV TO THE PEOPLE PLEASE.
    I wonder where people leave their brains once in power ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

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    • And the President was in D.C last week requesting that the creditors speed up debt negotiations, he paraded himself as someone who is tightening the belt and giving Western mining firms tax breaks whilst his people suffer yet not everyone has tighten their belts his appointees are now living the dream. The ball is in the President’s court and his ministers are observing what he will do as Secretary to the Cabinet can not tell this man anything he is HH’s appointee not even the empty suit in the ministry can say anything. This is how Bowman started out exactly the same trend.

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  6. Meanwhile the Zambian economy continues to get worse…UPND cadres are now filthy rich in less than 2 years in power…watoloka imisu wanyanta pamafi and this is what Zambians did to themselve…anyway nothing will change just UPND cadres now having girlfriends all over Zambia and looting

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    • @Grant Kolala, we mwaume what a good Narration wandepula ati watoloka imisu wanyanta pamafi. Lol. I have no words to express my disappointments with What is happening with UPND and it’s Cadres. All I can say is very disappointing.

  7. Unless he is using stolen money otherwise, it’s not our business to judge. At least he appreciates his wife…how many of you can do that? He has reinvested well, not abena offshore and swiss accounts. I would support any thief who steals for the Zambian people. It’s our money, it’s our wealth.

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    • He is a civil servant its our business…do you know what a Public Official is? Let’s see if UPND now supports financial audits of all office bearers and senior govt officials.

    • So if he buys a microwave for his wife, it’s your business to judge because he is a civil servant? common guys, you see…in Zambia we waste a lot of time looking at and talking about trivial things whilst the big things which really matter go under the radar. We should be worried about what our leaders are signing away without telling us instead of getting excited with small fish. Focus on the sharks not tu kapenta.

    • My coded message here to those with difficulty looking at things from outside the box is that if someone is repeating mistakes of the past without learning from them then encourage them so that you can catch them in the act and lock them up. However if this is a genuine present for a Man to his Wife with no conflict of interest then praise the Man.

  8. And within 3 months you will see Pilato buying a Range Rover for his girlfriend since now he’s part of the koswe mumpoto…where is Spaka the master praise singer

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  9. And the marketeers who were shouting foward foward are still languishing in poverty selling tomatoes with initial capital of less than K400….the problem is we lack accountability…what was Kawana’s bank balance before August 12th …..the guy had less than US$270 in his account and 18 months later he folks out US$60000…..UPND is becoming worse than PF

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    • The question I would like to ask HH is that is it fair for Govt officials to be showed with all these loans to even buy $60K Jeeps for their wives whilst you ask ordinary because to tighten their belts, accept loadshedding whilst they enjoy with backup Generators. I hope someone investigates what car Thabo drives if he is in a GRZ vehicle then he is abusing the loan. There is too much to investigate its ashame the opposition is too weak.

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  10. Wrong time , wrong way to apprecistation for your wife………..

    Even if he used a bank loan, public perception should be first considered………

    I always thought this guy was a liability for such a senior role…….

    from those bright yellow colours he dresses in way he addresses issues……you can’t help but dismiss him.

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    • Its not a senior role. Its a post created for a cadre. The ministry itself is not neccessary. There re no democracies that have such a ministry. What for? Ask yourself.

  11. Apart from the unnecessary controversy and embrassment caused………..

    He needs to be advised not to dress like a clown while carryout his duties in such a senior role………..with those bright yellow cap and tracksuit he wears, like a rapper……..

    No one takes him seriously……….

  12. Really laughable this is what happens when you handpick a cadre and place him in civil service…he wants to show everyone how successful he is doing look at him even exposing the vehicle reg. Already some people are stating that this Goat was already a successful businessman if he was why hasn’t he bought a $60,000 Jeep for his misus…this how Bowman and Milanje started off in a years time this man will be buying helicopters. HH if you have any backbone and are serious about fighting corruption get this moron out send to UPND H/q.

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  13. Is this showing off in public interest? Why should the public be informed of what this w@nker does to his wife? For heaven’s sake, keep private matters private. Giving your wife a new car will not stop her from being screwed by other men. Eff of Kawana! Now UPND are on the way out!

  14. FOOLISH BIG HYPOCRITES. STEALING WITH IMPUNITY. OH LESA DEAL WITH THEM. THUNDER AND LIGHTNING STRIKE THESE LIAIRS AND THIEVES

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  15. F00LISH BIG HYPOCRITES. STEALING WITH IMPUNITY. OH LESA DEAL WITH THEM. THUNDER AND LIGHTNING STRIKE THESE LIAIRS AND THIEVES

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  16. Here we go again! Same old! There must be a pot of gold for government employees to dip into; let everyone else struggle – wonderful!

  17. when did kawana become rich, when he was recently languishing in kwacha and struggling to nuy medicine for his illnes

    • Just as early as 2020 he was complaining about the Dialysis machine not working at UTH where he was recieving renal treatment queuing every week hence his ashy skin complexion….today he is a rich man buying $60,000 worth Hilux for the wife.

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  18. And she will use the same car to go and pick up boyfriends…….and when he finds out he will kill her and since there’s no capital panishment now….the President will pardon him

  19. And this is Thabo Kawana’s response;
    “As a public worker, I am entitled to a vehicle financing scheme (loan) under the Public Service Micro Finance Company (PSMFC). All public workers are eligible under this scheme to aquire different assets that include but not limited to, farming equipment, building materials and duty free motor vehicles. These vehicles are available from different dealers who partner with PSMFC and one can choose which vehicle one qualifies for from which dealer after assessment of one’s payslip.
    When you buy this vehicle under this arrangement, you have it on red book and not white book for the next five years until you finish paying for it with agreed monthly deductions. So to answer the public’s concern on how I could afford the said vehicle, IT’S A CAR LOAN…

    • The best way to verify all this is checking that Vehicle Reg: BAZ5152 either way HH needs to act. You removed all those subsidies yet your senior officials continue to enjoy luxuries I mean if the wife is driving this vehicle what is he driving a GRZ vehicle whilst he has obtained a car loan.

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  20. And they run to the Western World begging for aid….and this is where the Money from the Western World ends up…in Car showrooms and buying properties for girlfriends….no wonder the Sesheke Livingstone road, Lundazi Chipata roads are in deplorable condition and no medicine in Hospitals….Now voters should know where their money is going and HH can’t fire his corrupt and thieving Cadres because the rot starts from the head…they know what he is doing and when he fires them they will start exposing him as the looter in Chief
    MY MESSAGE TO THE WEST IS NO MORE AID TO AFRICA…NO MORE LOANS TO AFRICA

  21. Kaizar Zulu . You are write. These people are even stealing more than that you stole with Edgar Lungu. You all need to go to jail and get hanged,

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  22. Some people can be dull and this one is really a kid…reasoning therez no. Whether the source of money is legitimate, it is just wrong for leaders to do such in a country where majority are really going through a hard time. Kawana my cousin, waitaya!

    • And these are the people HH has appointed to improve the imagine of his govt…its laughable ..the whole Ministry of Information needs sacking and reshuffle at the top!!

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  23. And the Western World think Africa is poor when a government official walks into a showroom and walks out with a US$60000 car whilst the IMF director drives a 2012 Toyota Prius worth less than US$5000….HH was good in opposition not as a leader

  24. As we often say in Zambia, “Let him go and rest”, and enjoy his wife who is enjoying her gift.

    Stunts like this are indefensible, and should not be defended at all.

    Careless flaunting of access like this when we still have masses of unemployed youth is nauseating.

  25. He would not be so dull to steal or corruptly aquire the money gor that car…………….

    It is genuine car financing………….

    However what is reprehensible and irresponsible is the flaunting of such exuberance while this GRZ is still finding its feet……………

    All I can say is he is a clown………

    and a serious liability to the presidents message of being servants of the people………

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  26. I consider it a serious misdemeanor to use the word wealth on misplaced displays by some down heel cadre
    We,d rather be safe and more comfortable seeing and hearing such from self illuminated creators in sportsmen and artisans than from some upstart lumpens

  27. Do not worry my friend Kaizar Zulu. This criminal called Kawina is also going to claim that he became rich by starting with only 1 cow. Just like his own boss called HH has managed to lie and chat Zambians. These *****s that time shall come when they will land in jail.

  28. 60,000 usd is pocket change to me. However, I have worked in government for many years and my businesses are numerous. Kawana on the other hand cannot justify how he can afford such a car, especially not for him but his wife. They accused us of stealing yet it is them that have always been thieves. Fark all of you in upnd and especially the upnd bloggers here.

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  29. 60,000 usd is pocket change to me. However, I have worked in government for many years and my businesses are numerous. Kawana on the other hand cannot justify how he can afford such a car, especially not for him but his wife. They accused us of stealing yet it is them that have always been thieves. Fark all of you in upnd and especially the upnd bloggers here. F

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  30. HH is allowing this. He’s not what Zambians thought he was; the solution to PF’s corruption. We already have buyer’s remorse. Come quickly 2026 and HH will be kicked out by the Zambian voters.

  31. You are being kept busy with your UPND this, PF that…while billions are flying out and soon Zambia will be home to a few billionaires. We need to stop this nonsense and focus on accountability. They sold us privatisation over 30 years ago, where are the returns? We are now being sold Democracy by the same people who don’t believe in it where they come from. They stopped us from having too many wives but now they want us to embrace homosexuality?we are busy trying to convince each other on political affiliations. Abantu bambi bale lila a Chalo, ifwe tu lelila imyotoka.

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