President Michael Sata should stop the construction of his retirement house if he cares about the suffering of the poor Zambians, Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) leader Frank Bwalya has advised.
Fr Bwalya said it was unconscionable for President Sata to prioritise the construction of his retirement house when he was still employed by Zambians as the country’s Head of State.
Fr Bwalya said the decision by Mr Sata to build his retirement house when public institutions like the Copperbelt University and other public institutions of higher learning were facing accommodation crisis was a sign that the Patriotic Front government assumed power only to serve and satisfy their personal desires.
He said it was irrational for government to spend money on the construction of a retirement house for Mr Sata because the President was enjoying the luxury of living in State House and that he was not desperate for accommodation.
Government has commenced the construction of President Sata’s retirement house long before his retirement from politics and Minister of Transport, Communications, Works and Supply Yamfwa Mukanga has said there is nothing wrong with the building a retirement house for Mr. Sata before those of his predecessors.
“We condemn the selfishness of the PF for prioritizing the construction of a retirement house for President Sata even before he actually retires. This decision to build Mr Sata’s retirement house before resolving the problem of accommodation for students at the Copperbelt University (CBU), the University of Zambia (UNZA) and other public institutions of higher learning projects Mr Sata as the most selfish president Zambia has ever had,” Fr Bwalya said.
Fr Bwalya observed President Sata’s cabinet had distinguished itself as the most tolerated regarding bad leadership saying government Ministers were acting like puppets without the ability to question the action of their master.
And Fr Bwalya has said the report that some PF cadres were demanding to be part of the management structure for the Copperbelt University confirmed what he had warned that the ruling party was going to take over all state and other public institutions.
The PF constitution has explicitly stated that all public and parastatals enterprises shall be led by party cadres who were uncompromisingly committed to the agenda of the PF.
“In fact, the attacks on the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) are part of the same scheme to replace Justice Irene Mambilima and other staff at the commission with PF cadres. As such, we should not expect any senior PF official to condemn the action of their cadres who stormed CBU demanding to be part of management because it is in line with article 3 of their party constitution,’ Fr Bwalya said.