Thursday, October 04, 2007

PF MPs are a fraud - Sata

PF MPs are a fraud - Sata
By Patson Chilemba
Thursday October 04, 2007 [04:00]

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) members of parliament are a fraud because they took part in setting up a constitution fraud, PF president Michael Sata has charged. Reacting to Roan Constituency PF member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili’s statement that he was ready to go against his party’s stance by participating in the National Constitutional Conference (NCC), Sata said that his own members of parliament took part in setting up a constitution ‘fraud’. He said his party would meet on Saturday to discus a number of issues and the constitution-making process will be on the agenda.

“Our members of parliament were party to the fraud in Parliament…all without any exception. All the members of parliament, they are a fraud,” he charged.

And Sata has urged Kambwili to try and avoid creating controversy in the party.
He said most members of parliament including Kambwili himself wanted to be part of the NCC because of monetary gain.

“The members of parliament who are trying to say ‘yes we will attend’, they are not going to attend because they want to help produce a better constitution; they are only going there for the K500, 000 sitting allowance. Those who think they can go, we will decide and it’s not Kambwili alone who should receive K500, 000. If Kambwili will receive it even Mumbi Phiri will,” Sata said. “The sitting allowance of K500,000 is their pre-occupation.”

Sata warned that members of parliament risked becoming miserable if their pre-occupation was money rather than service to the people.

“Levy is in a much stronger position because he is going to leave office with a life pension and gratuity. These MPs will leave without any pension, apart from the gratuity which they will blow before receiving.

So they will be very miserable just like all those other people who were boot-licking; they are very miserable. When you see them in the streets, they don’t even want to say they were in Parliament. Some of us are proud to have been in Parliament for 20 years,” Sata said. “Mr. Kambwili must try to avoid controversy. I would like to advise him to avoid controversy.”

Sata urged Kambwili to hold his fire, saying he had already created so much controversy on a number of issues within a short period.

“Mr. Kambwili is married to a nurse. The other day, he was saying they should be beating nurses which we cautioned him and he apologised. The wife is not even in the country because of frustration. So how can a person who lost a wife to go to England be supporting people who are beating nurses? So Comrade Kambwili should hold his fire,” he said.

And Kambwili said he would hold his fire because Sata had said so.

“If my president says I should hold my fire, then I will hold my fire. We have a meeting on Saturday, so I can only comment further after the meeting,” said Kambwili.

Recently, Kambwili said he was ready to participate in the NCC because of the collective responsibility of Parliament. This is against his party’s current position that it would not participate in the NCC because it was a ‘national fraud’.

Sata further charged that home affairs minister Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha was a coward.

“I said Comrade Shikapwasha is respectable. Can he exhibit his respectability the way he behaved at Solo? He hasn’t replied. What I am saying is he was commander of the Zambia Air Force (ZAF). He was the only commander out of all the commanders we had who behaved respectably,” Sata said.

“I am a shameless old man but I’m not a coward. He’s a very big one. I can’t elaborate, he will help himself.”

On the impending Nchanga by-elections, Sata said PF would adopt a very close friend to former PF Nchanga member of parliament Charles Chimumbwa.

“We will pick a very close friend of Chimumbwa because he’s the one who knows Chimumbwa better than us,” said Sata.

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At 10:52 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Dictatorship is what has destroyed PF. Sata is the final say in PF and anyone doing the will of the people is against Sata. This we saw at how Susan Nakazwe got fired from the party. I am happy that Zambians are now witnessing what they should have brought to themselves had they allowed this man to rule the country. It is not too late, we can all look for quality leadership which is very much available in Zambia among vibrant, intelligent and economic managers such as HH. Let the Zambian people learn a lesson from Sata's behaviour now or it may be too late.

At 1:16 PM , Blogger MrK said...


I like HH a lot, but why doesn't he distance himself from all this 'tribal' talk. He will never get the votes he needs, even inside Southern Province, if he isn't seen to slam this kind of talk with a vengeance.

It is hurting his chances tremendously.


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