PF is a failed project – NAREP

PF is a failed project – NAREP

By Sibongile Zulu in Kalabo

NAREP national chairperson Jimmy Mubambwe says the Patriotic Front government is a failed project.

And NAREP Lusaka Province coordinator Kennedy Chipasha says it is morally and legally wrong for the PF government to allow party cadres to take up the responsibility of running bus stations and markets.

Mubambwe observed that the PF government had registered a lot of shortcomings in the health, education and agriculture sectors.
He said President Edgar Lungu’s government should no longer be entrusted with the responsibility of governing the country.

“The PF government has failed. It has failed in health and it has failed in the education sector. The PF government has failed to run the agriculture sector, it has failed to feed the Zambian people,” Mubambwe said during the launch of his party’s “Back to Basics” concept in Kalabo.

“Under the PF government, we have seen low staffing levels in rural health centres and inadequate drug supplies while the delivery of fertilizer and seed to farmers under the Farmer Input Support Programme [FISP] leaves much to be desired.”

And Mubambwe said President Lungu’s third term bid had no legal basis.

“As you may be aware, President Edgar Lungu wants to run for a third term in 2021. But his third term intentions have no legal basis,” said Mubambwe.

And Chipasha said it was morally and legally wrong for the PF government to allow party cadres to take up the running of bus stations and markets.

“The PF secretary general [Davies Mwila] is on record of having instructed PF cadres to start collecting revenue in bus stations and markets. But you should also know that the day-to-day running of bus stations and markets in Zambia is the mandate of local authorities. So it is morally and legally wrong for the PF leadership to allow PF cadres to take up the responsibility of running bus stations and markets,” said Chipasha.

After Mwila’s directive to cadres, State House issued a statement saying the responsibility to run markets and bus stations lay in local authorities. However, ruling party cadres have continued to run the facilities and collecting money from those operating in the facilities.

Earlier, Kalabo NAREP district chairman Michael Sitwala disclosed that the PF leadership in Western Province and the Kalabo district administration had vowed that only ruling party cadres and sympathisers would be offered jobs by the construction firm that would be constructing the Kalabo–Sikongo road.<script async src=”//”></script>
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“Let me put it on record that the district administration in Kalabo, working in collaboration with the PF Western Province leadership, have issued instructions to a company that is about to start constructing the 75 kilometres Kalabo-Sikongo road that all jobs should be offered to PF cadres and sympathisers,” disclosed Sitwala.

“We feel sidelined by the PF government. And it is unfortunate that the Kalabo district administration is colluding with the ruling PF by politicising developmental projects.”