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Accepting a government job would be like moving to a piggery-Sangwa

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Renowned Constitutional Lawyer says he does not have intentions of getting a government job because doing so would be like moving to a piggery.

Mr Sangwa said the public service lacks proper systems to allow anyone flourish at their job.

Mr. Sangwa reaveled that he has been approached atleast twice by the current administration with the intention of joining government but he has declined the offer.

Mr. Sangwa was speaking on Tuesday when he featured on Let the People Talk programme on Phoenix FM.

“Yes they have been offers, I have been approached atleast twice by the current team but I have often felt working in government is like moving to a piggery, you will get dirty there because systems don’t work,” he said.

Mr Sangwa said the current set up in Zambia does not respect and honour education.

He said one of the first things that Dr Kaunda’s administration was to take Zambians to university because it valued having an educated population.

“Today I can tell that the most intelligent and educated Zambians are not in government, they are outside and most don’t want to serve in government because nothing works there,” he said.

And Mr Sangwa has warned that Speaker of National Assembly Nelly Mutti is in breach of the Constitution for effecting changes with regards to Chief Parliamentary Whip and Leader of the Opposition.

Mr. Sangwa says Ms. Mutti is a sure candidate for jail looking at how she has breached the Constitution and abused her powers and authority.

He has condemned the warnings against MPs by Mutti.

And Sangwa has warned that President Hakainde Hichilema will be made answerable for refusing to move to State House.

And commenting on the ongoing leadership wrangles in PF, Mr. Sangwa says the Speaker as well as the Registrar of Societies are all going to have difficulties when UPND government leaves office because they are aiding criminality.

Mr. Sangwa says he still rates Hakainde Hichilema a failure for failing to honor campaign promises and making Zambia’s economy worse than it was during Edgar Lungu’s administration.

Sangwa has also condemned HH over the dubious KCM deal with Vedenta saying it smells of illegalities.

The renowned Constitutional lawyer has also said that the Constitution of Zambia remains the same and therefore, allows Edgar Lungu to run for office in 2026.

Sangwa has expressed disappointment the way government institutions such as the Police have been mobilised to kill democracy in Zambia. He says it is clear that Hichilema is busy fooling the people of Zambia saying he is tolerant yet the democratic space in shrinking in the country.

John Sangwa also says Hichilema has violated the law over the appointment of an Auditor General who is beyond the required age limit.

36 COMMENTS

  1. These are strong and fairly straightforward views. Radio Phoenix should do readers a favour by inviting someone from the government to respond to issues raised here. As for describing joining government as the equivalent of joining a piggery, John Sangwa has overstepped the boundaries of fair comment. Years ago I met Sangwa at the pediatrics wing of the University Teaching Hospital where his baby child was being treated. Why did he take his sick child to a piggery to be treated? Sangwa attended government schools at primary, secondary school and tertiary education levels. Is he now looking down upon that education? Anyway, I hv seen many people who were educated at great cost to the public purse who now look dwn upon the system that made them.

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    • He has not overstepped anything. These people are acting like Napoleon in George Orwell’s book… not different.
      They have forgotten the reason they were voted into government. Yes it’s like accepting a room in Napoleons room.

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    • John Sangwa – Good on you. I also turned down offers from MMD. The private sector is more productive and creative. You mingle with the best minds. Its easy to tap into the best of you without being tied to *red-tap, *political-ideologies and *manifestos, which often is static =-thinking. Being in the private sector – you have the freedom to give back to society and make a difference.

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    • Bwana, don’t involve emotions in your argument. Listen to what Sangwa said for yourself, then make an informed argument. Your argument sounds emotional and uninformed.

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  2. Any person who uses such uncouth and undignified language should not be in public service. This the type of language that a gutter dweller uses.
    This man lacks class and decorum.
    He is basically refer to other Zambians as pigs who are inferior to him

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  3. The once celebrated lawyer in Nellie Kashumba Mutti is in the piggery. If it’s in that context then John Sangwa is very correct.

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  4. So correct John Sangwa SC. Why destroy your brilliant career by joining the Thamanga boys in the irreverent stinky Civil Service that does nothing but facilitate corrupt deals?
    Currently in the Piggery: Isabel Lemba Nicholas Phiri, Pilato, Collins Mweetwa, Thabo Kawana, Patrick Mucheleka, Prof Lackson Kasonka, Margret Miyoba, Old Major, Napoleon, Snowball, Boxer and others.

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  5. I was watching the British King addressing the nation. So thats where HH copied the white gloves from???? Yayayayayaya!

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  6. As for accepting a government post or even if he was indeed offered or not it’s up to him as an individual whether he wants or not but for all the other points and wrongdoings which he has mentioned he is spot on!

  7. ONE WRITER WROTE ,’THE Most foolish people are those who consider themselves the most intelligent and learned in any given society, for they worship themselves and they expect every one to listen to whatever they say as true gospel. But little do they realize how foolish they are taken in the minds of other people. But they go on with their unwise shows, pomposity and self- centredness. And when not considered for any positions because of their foolishness, they display soar grape pops.

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  8. barth
    November 8, 2023 At 11:43 pm
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    ONE WRITER WROTE ,’THE Most foolish people are those who consider themselves the most intelligent and learned in any given society, for they worship themselves and they expect every one to listen to whatever they say as true gospel. But little do they realize how foolish they are taken in the minds of other people. But they go on with their unwise shows, pomposity and self- centredness. And when not considered for any positions because of their foolishness, they display soar grape pops.

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  9. I believe in decency of language and not being a self aggrandizing renown person if esteem is to be bestowed! It’s all of a sudden become the in-thing that uncouth language defines substance! I give up on Zambia in the short term understands civility!

  10. John has a valid point if you look at the current DPP Gilbert Phiri who has completely shifted from being a person he was only to be now used to bend rules to suit the current government

  11. Kudos to Mr Sangwa and do not stop defending the constitution of Zambia.We are in a fix seen things the way they are folding and unfolding.To all the law breakers,be reminded that one day you will be visited and you will regret having gotten that position that you are abusing today.For Mr Sangwe sir continue fighting a good fight of defending the constitution of Zambia.There is nothing wrong for Mr Samgwa to say what he said because indeed we are at the animal farm,this is real animal farm.BSA Company.

  12. John Sangwa is did not accept when he was twice approached because those are positions he did not like. So, he is bitter and joined the losing side of history by supporting PF which he denounced two years ago.
    Infact in the first place, his first preference for winning the elections was Socialist Party.

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  13. ……….

    Sangwa is proving to be a pompous little man……….

    10s of thousands of citizens proudly work for GRZ and many more aspire to work for GRZ……..

    Yet this little pompous man who thinks the sun shines from his back side calls it a piggery……….?

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  14. Fellow Citizens!
    Lets support people like Sishuwa Sishuwa and Sangwa because they mean well. You can not condemn something today because you not in that office then do the same thing you condemned. Dictators are not born but created and those aiding such should be jailed. Nelli , Register of societies and the Clerk of Parliament should know that only HH has immunity and jail awaits them once this government is gone. Let them still enough to hire lawyers in future for abuse of office, period.

  15. Silver Smith wrote in one of his novels that political (government) appointment should never be declined. Questions like why & how does this person perceive us (appointing authority) do attract the State Machinery to fall on the one declining the offer, according to Silver. I tend to agree with the Partrotic Zambian as my instincts suggests that he was for the position of CJ

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