UPND deputy youth chairperson Yobe Mwale says PF cadres are sharing among themselves relief food whose distribution President Edgar Lungu flagged off last week. In an interview, Mwale claimed he is the eyewitness who found the cadres distributing the maize to their fellow cadres at the house of the member of parliament. He wondered why President Lungu said everyone should benefit yet only party cadres had benefited leaving out the most affected residents of Sinda.
“We are surprised that the President said the relief maize should be distributed to anyone regardless of the party, religion or tribe but what is happening in Sinda is that the relief maize has been distributed to the party cadres. I found them doing so at the MP’s house a day after the flagging off. Now its better if they had said that the maize is for the party members only because if you move around, every family is affected with hunger and for only cadres to share, it’s not okay,” he complained.
He also urged the Sinda member of Parliament Masauso Tembo to practice mature politics where he should sell his plans and vision to the people and not insulting former member of parliament Levy Ngoma at any meeting he holds. He challenged Tembo to cite any development he had fostered in the area from the time he became the people’s representative compared to various projects that Ngoma implemented during his reign.
“Sinda MP Kazungula, it’s like he doesn’t know what he is suppose to do. Last time he had a meeting at Kaphika where he started insulting Levy Ngoma saying he did not provide development and that there is no way people can still cling to him because Ngoma is dead. He said have you seen a dead man coming back to the village? Meaning Ngoma is a dead person, so we want to advise to him sell his plans, not insulting someone as that is not what people expect to hear from him,” Mwale said.
He said Tembo had failed to work on some bridges and was instead insulting. He referred to him as a “plan-less leader”. He wondered where the hatred for Ngoma was coming from. When reached for a comment over relief food, district partly chairperson Michael Phiri said the maize which was distributed at Tembo’s house was not the government relief food. He said Tembo had no authority to distribute relief maize to cadres because it required returns later failure to which it could land the MP into problems.
“Let our colleagues learn to consult. The maize they are talking about is the maize which the MP was giving out which he had in his shed and not the one under relief, no. The one under relief has some department that will distribute that and not the MP or the party because those are sensitive programmes that require accountability of the consignment and that does not require the MP, no,” he said.
Phiri, who is also council chairperson, said the only truth was that the relief maize, which was flagged off was being kept at the MP’s house for security as it was a secure place.
“The thing I can agree is that the relief maize on the truck is kept at the MP’s house for security because the place has a fence, so it is well protected and few bags have been distributed, not by the MP or cadres but by rightful officers who are in charge,” Phiri explained.
“Our friends are baby cries, they cry foul on everything. Whatever they see, they politicise, they can’t watch or consult but just want to complicate things where there is no complications,” said Phiri
Meanwhile, Tembo dismissed the accusations as stupid.
“Sorry, I can’t respond to those stupid accusations as the time for that I don’t have but all I have is time to provide development to the people,” said Tembo.
And district commissioner Paradious Sakala said he would comment later. President Lungu has directed the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit to ensure that the NGOs identified to distribute the relief maize do justice by distributing it to the affected people.