VINCENT Chaile says rampant exam leakages and corruption has exposed President Edgar Lungu’s lack of control over the country’s affairs. The Radical Revolutionary Party leader says President Lungu was an absentee landlord who had no control over the country apart of blaming the opposition for whatever mess the PF government had created. He said it was the first time in Zambia’s history that examinations for grades seven, eight and nine had leaked to an extent that they were sold freely on the market like tomato and onion. Chaile said instead of firing the Minister of General Education and all directors in charge of examinations, the Head of State had decided to intimidate innocent teachers who had no access to exam printing room.
He said firing teachers would not solve the existing problem. Chaile said intimidating teachers was like treating symptoms and not attending to the actual problem. He said the problem was as a result of PF’s decision to contract cadres in government ministries at the expense of qualified citizens.
“We have always advised this government to stop employing PF cadres in government ministries at the expense of qualified citizens. These PF cadres have become too power and a source of confusion in all government ministries,” Chaile said.
“Can President Edgar Lungu fire David Mabumba as Minister of [General] Education for negligence and failure to secure exams papers. It is under this ministry where corruption has become a norm.”
Chaile wondered what kind of a President the country had who had no teeth to fire erring ministers and above all reshuffle his cabinet for effective results.
“What kind of President is Edgar Lungu, who cannot fire or discipline his erring ministers? What kind of President is Edgar Lungu who cannot make or do reshuffles in his Cabinet?” asked Chaile.
“What kind of President is Edgar Lungu who can’t hold a press conference to address the nation on current status of the country and economy? Are his handlers doing him a good service? Exam leakages and too much corruption in PF government has exposed the President that he is an absentee landlord and has no control over this country apart of blaming the opposition for whatever mess his government is creating.”