IT’S time we worked together as opposition parties; we cannot continue keeping a thieving government, says NDC consultant Chishimba Kambwili. And Kambwili, the Roan PF member of parliament, says he does not know what happened to the oil deal struck between the governments of Zambia and Saudi Arabia for the supply of cheap fuel because he is no longer in government.
Addressing the media at his residence in Lusaka yesterday, Kambwili said he would call on other opposition leaders to mount a crusade against the Patriotic Front government.
He said he would call UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema, FDD’s Edith Nawakwi, United Progressive People’s Saviour Chishimba and other opposition leaders so that they could work together in picketing President Lungu’s “thieving government”.
“I think I will have to engage president Hakainde Hichilema, I will have to engage president Nawakwi, I will have to engage president Saviour Chishimba, na bakalamba bandi ba Mulongoti and all the opposition and civil society. We need to start massive demonstrations against this thieving government which can even dare tell you that uubomba mwibala, afwile ukulya mwibala but mwilalya ne nseke,” Kambwili said.
“This is a very serious incitement to the PF government. And for those who think this is a simple statement, come to Lusaka and see the buildings. Zambians need to come together, we cannot allow a thieving government to continue at the expense of the suffering people. My appeal to the people of Zambia, we cannot continue keeping a thieving government. I feel sorry for the people of Zambia that we have been taken for a ride for too long.”
He further urged the members of parliament, both from the opposition and PF, to move a motion to impeach President Lungu when Parliament resumes.
Kambwili said there had been a number of PF members of parliament who were eager to move the motion.
“So people of Zambia, we must start massive demonstrations against this thieving government. I also want to appeal to all the MPs that it’s now time that we took in the impeachment motion against President Edgar Lungu. For your own information, it’s a secret ballot and [I] have spoken to a number of PF MPs who have agreed with us that it’s high time that this man is impeached. He has become an embarrassment to the nation, not only about corruption. The other day, he was in Keembe and he said ‘you people you voted us out in 2015 but we are still here, even in 2016 you voted us out’; how can a President become so arrogant that he can tell off voters?” he wondered.
Kambwili further said a selfish man in the Presidency who had concentrated on his pocket alone had robbed the poor.
“Every day is a disaster under Lungu, every decision is a disaster under Lungu, and poor people have been robbed by a selfish man. President Lungu, stop concentrating on your pocket and wake up and smell the coffee. You have disadvantaged the poor people all because you are enjoying corrupt money and developing big cheeks, you have decided to say ‘uubomba mwibala alya mwibala’,” he said.
Kambwili warned President Lungu that Zambia was not his personal-to-holder country where he could treat people in a manner he pleased.
“…all you are doing is attending irrelevant dinners to raise money for your 2021 campaign. What kind of President addresses people only at fundraising dinners and airports? You have failed to address real issues like the failed e-voucher and re-opening of the mines, all you do is play, travel and buy expensive clothes and watches as well as wine and dine. The citizens are looking to you now to get serious and lead the country, but you have failed miserably because all you can think of is the next big deal you’ll have a commission in. You are certainly the least caring President with no vision whatsoever,” he said.
“You have destroyed our country and you have hurt the poor. Prices of commodities are going to shoot up, from mealie-meal to cooking oil to salt, not forgetting that the general cost of living has risen beyond measure. Surely how can we have such a president?”
Asked about the Saudi Arabia Oil deal he bragged about when he was information minister, Kambwili said he was not in government, hence did not know what transpired in his absence.
“I am no longer in government, limbi balilyamo kano tukafwaye abakuchita (may be they have gotten bribes, unless we find people to) investigate. Because when the President came back from Saudi Arabia with Kaizar [Zulu] and them who had gone there, they promised that they had struck a deal where there was going to be oil which will be coming straight from Saudi Arabia; straight government-to-government and that when you cut off all the middle men, the price was going to be at that time K5 per litre but now I am not in government,”
“Namumona ifyo balekula, bafwile balapoka ilya iyapa mulu (you have seen how they are building structures, it appears they are getting the commissions), you can’t trust these people. Bushe mung’anda nga namwishiba ati mwaliba kabolala elo impiya yaluba kuti mwapapa (if in a house you realise there is a thief and money disappears, would you be surprised)? So nababene abanensu ni ba pompwe so nga fyalubanafye kwishiba ati nabalya (even our colleagues are thieves and if things don’t move well, just know that they have eaten). How can you allow ERB to increase the price of fuel after the unfair decisions you have made against the poor?”
The government increased pump prices of fuel on Monday night by about K1 per litre, saying the hike was necessitated by the kwacha depreciation and increase in crude oil prices.