“So a speech Mr speaker, a presidential speech that only comes once in a year…a presidential speech that does not respond and answer to the corruption allegations levelled against the President in order to save the image and protect the reputation of that office is a tired speech. So Mr. Speaker, we can’t sit here as leaders and start singing praises about the speech that has failed to give hope to the people of Zambia,”
“The practice is, if you have a divergent view, wait until your turn comes because if we allow points of order in the course of the debate; first of all we will undermine the meaning of the points of order themselves and two, the debates will be disrupted, so take note of all the issues he is raising and when your turn comes, you also respond to what he has said. That’s the essence of the debate,”
“When I talk about rural health centres not being constructed in Luapula, it is true they are not constructed. If we talk about the corruption allegation against the President, it is true those allegations are there and have not been responded to by this speech. Therefore, the office of the President, the reputation is being damaged.”
“If you look at a pair of trousers for a farmer, a pair of trousers for a farmer in 2008 when a bag of maize was being sold at K60 was K30, now the same pair of trousers in my constituency is K120, meaning that the farmer in 2008 was able to buy two trousers by selling one bag of maize. Now a farmer is supposed to sell two bags of maize for him to get a pair of trousers, these are realities. All that we are demanding for, as the people of Chipili and Luapula and people of Zambia at large, is answers and this is what we were expecting from the President to explain why.”
“I come from Luapula Mr. speaker and the question I have here is very simple; we all know that 60 per cent of the water bodies in this country are in Luapula Province and yet the people of Luapula have not yet seen a single hectare of this irrigation project there,”
“We need answers and we were expecting the President to answer to this, that’s, all nothing else. Other than this, it means this speech is tired, nothing but tired,” he said.
Chabi said on page 55 of his speech, the Head of State told the House that construction works for King Lewanika and FTJ universities were expected to commence very soon.
“This is not true Mr. Speaker because the construction of King Lewanika University as we speak is underway, some of the structures there are even on roof level. This is in public domain. And the FTJ University in Luapula, Mr. Speaker, not even excavation works are done there, so how can the President come here and say the works on these two universities will commence soon when the other university is already under construction, how?”