Monday, April 30, 2012
TIME PUBLISHED - Monday, April 30, 2012, 9:38 am
Masebo has described former Works and Supply minister Mike Mulongoti as “childish and embarrassing” on his remarks that President Michael Sata has not rewarded him with a job despite campaigning hard for him.
Ms Masebo said it was unfair for Mr Mulongoti to cry foul because President Sata could not focus on creating employment opportunities for a few individuals when all Zambians needed better jobs.
Mr Mulongoti, who is former MMD national campaign manager, was expelled from the former ruling party after he differed with former Republican president Rupiah Banda when he attempted to stand as party vice-president.
Ms Masebo said on Muvi TV last night when she featured on the Assignment Programme dubbed “The Anti-Corruption Commission Clearance,” that genuine democrats should not hold narrow interests.
She said Mr Mulongoti should not have made reference to her in his statement in the media last week in which he complained that the president had not met him since Patriotic Front (PF) emerged victorious in the September 20, 2011 tripartite elections.
“It is very childish and so embarrassing for people to cry foul on jobs from President Sata because the PF Government is working to create jobs for all citizens.
“People like Mr Sata’s recent campaign manager Willie Nsanda was not given a job. So why should Mr Mulongoti come out to even speak for others. Who said I wanted another job”? Ms Masebo wondered.
She said the job that she has as MP for Chongwe was already enough because her electorate wanted her to work for them.
Ms Masebo said she was comfortable with her job and it was unfair for anyone to wrongly lobby for job from the president whom she could call and tell him if indeed she wanted another job.
“I talk to President Sata often and we discuss many issues. I eat with him and the First Lady. So, It’s not right for people to speak on my behalf as if I don’t know the President myself,” she said.
Mr Mulongoti was quoted in The Post on Friday as having said he was disappointed with President Sata for not meeting him after last year’s elections.
On the PF’s performance, Ms Masebo said it was too early for some Zambians to start criticising the PF Government.
“President Sata is an honest man and for a new Government, 90 days or even a year is too little to develop. People should be patient and Mr Sata is going to deliver because he knows people’s expectations are high,” she said.
On illegal land allocation in Chongwe, she said, she recently took Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Wybur Simuusa to assess the situation.
[Times of Zambia]
She said the illegal land allocation started during the MMD regime.