Sean Tembo’s questioning of Edgar’s Lungu’s mental state may sound harsh or even defamatory. But when one listens to its basis it becomes very difficult to condemn, hang him for indolence.
Sean asks: “Who goes to buy a brand new private jet for a cash price of K900 million when you’re struggling and failing to pay monthly salaries to your employees? Who sends their wife on a meaningless two weeks trip to the United States with an exaggerated entourage of 26 staff, including cleaners, as if hotels in the US cannot clean? All at the expense of taxpayers? And yet, hospitals have no medicines? What President allows their spokesperson to insult people through their teeth, the way Amos Chanda does, and yet still retain them? What President runs away from being asked questions by the press or addressing the nation on serious matters, but only feels comfortable dancing fwenku fwenku at evening functions? What President tells his citizens that they are lazy and should work hard, and yet his government owes the same citizens more than K15 billion in domestic arrears for unpaid goods and services, for several years, and has no plan to pay them? What President is only committed to jogging in the morning but not to providing medicine to sick children in hospitals?”
Sean says, “Lungu’s government decided to withdraw meal allowances from university students, despite the fact that the reason why Mr Lungu himself ended up being a lawyer and consequently a Republican President, is because the government of that time invested in his education including meal allowances. Lungu’s government has failed to pay salaries for civil servants, local government workers and parastatal workers on time. It first started with local government workers, who by average are currently 4 to 6 months in salary arrears across various local authorities. Then the failure to pay salaries became extended to parastatal such as ZAMPOST, PACRA, RATSA, ZICTA, ZDA etc. And now, even central government employees are not getting their salaries on time. The government is also failing to remit loan deductions made on civil servants at source, to various private sector companies such as Bayport. Very recently, we were told that the Kazungula bridge, which is a joint project between Zambia and Botswana, has stalled because Zambia has failed to remit a paltry $18 million outstanding. In daily newspapers, we read about how private sector companies in various economic sectors ranging from mining, agriculture, financial services, retail etc., are closing up shop and downscaling their operations, thereby resulting in significant job losses.”
Sean says given such and various other economic challenges, the citizens would naturally look up to their leader, the Republican President, to hear his plan to get the country out of its current doldrums.
“The citizens expected to be addressed on matters that are pertinent to them. Matters to do with the ever-deteriorating business environment. Matters to do with the lack of jobs. Matters to do with harassment and assault of elderly women simply for selling merchandise in the streets so that they can buy food for their children back home. I mean, we all love clean streets, but if I am going to have to choose between a dirty street and a child who will die from hunger if the mother does not sell merchandise in the street, l will definitely choose a dirty street without thinking twice about it. It’s a pity that President Lungu and his government would rather have streets clean of all poor people so that he doesn’t feel guilty as he is driving in his top of the range Maybach Mercedes along Addis Ababa Avenue on the way to the airport to ride his top of the range K900 million Gulfstream G650 private jet,” says Sean.
“All these hopeless and hungry citizens have been waiting for the number one citizen; the President of the Republic of Zambia, to give them guidance, assurance and hope that his government is implementing tangible plans to turnaround the economy, create jobs and unlock the business environment. From where l stand I think the expectations of the citizens for their President to give them a tangible plan of action, is not unreasonable. And any reasonable President would have addressed the citizens on these issues, but our President Lungu decided to use the opportunity to crack jokes in Parliament about only taking two shots of whiskey! Like really Mr. President? When you look at the hungry faces of the majority of our citizens, do you think they are interested in your jokes about shots of whiskey?”
How is Edgar and his minions going to respond to all this that they may see as Sean’s insults or defamation of the President? Are they going to get him arrested and prosecuted? For what?
We anxiously wait to see their reaction!