Zambian Watchdog has reported that Dr. Chishimba Kambwili claims Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, the Health Minister, has fraudulently approved the construction of a hospital at a cost of $154m when similar hospitals cost around $34m.
This article is not meant to defend Dr. Chilufya but rather seeks to highlight a very critical aspect of the detrimental aspect of Dr. Chishimba Kambwili’s politics.
Politicians ought to compete at the level of development ingenuity with the view of showing people one’s ability to better run the affairs of the nation. Attacking the Minister of Health with falsities does not add any value to the life of an ordinary child in rural Zambia who needs better access to primary health care that President Edgar Lungu is pursuing.
This economic sabotage approach is another reason I keep saying that we need a new governance system that prioritises poverty reduction and development over these retrogressive politics based on personal political ambitions. Zambians need hospitals and not another president.
The Bangweulu Hospital will cost $11m and not $154m but one wonders whether Dr. Chishimba Kambwili even understands how important this hospital is to the people it will serve. He should be discussing the quality of works and efficacy of medical care once completed.
President Edgar Lungu may have his weakenesses but Zambians must commend him for placing high premium on having a healthy and productive population to spur socio economic development. Zambia will never be the same with universal health coverage that he has introduced.
If democracy means the political idiocy of Dr. Chishimba Kambwili and having media houses like Zambian Watchdog bent on misinforming the nation, then it’s better we get rid of it. I adore President Paul Kagame for having shown leadership over this western nonsense.
Mpandashalo Evans Mwewa
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