CAGE Kaizar Zulu before he beats you up, NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili has advised President Edgar lungu.
The NDC leader also wondered why the Head of State solicited money for roads and bridges from the United Arab Emirates despite the urgent need to mitigate load-shedding.
On December 12, Zesco board chairperson Dr Mbita Chitala claimed that the power utility had challenges importing power from Escom as it was competing on wheeling power from South Africa owing to the power deficit affecting southern Africa.
But Kambwili urged government to avoid cheating Zambians over the importation of 300MW of electricity from Escom, when it knew that the deal had fallen off due to an unpaid balance of $650 million.
“It’s now three months since we were promised that the power situation is going to be resolved by way of importing power from South Africa. You see the problem that this government forgets that lies have got very short legs.
Yesterday, the chairman of Zesco was telling us that they have a problem with transportation of electricity, hence they cannot bring all the electricity that they have bought from Escom,” he said.
“In the meantime, Escom had a meeting with the President Cyril Ramaphosa where they are saying between Zambia, Mozambique and Angola they owe Escom $650,000,000 million which they have not paid for the electricity that was supplied to them in the past. And as a result they will not be able to supply power to Zambia and other countries owing to the fact that they also have a problem of power in that country. Now here, the Zesco board chairperson Mbita Chitala is telling us that it’s because of transportation problems. Why can’t you for once tell the truth to the people of Zambia?” Kambwili questioned.
The NDC leader charged that government was hesitant to address power deficit because some the decision makers were not affected with power outages.
“This is total failure; people are suffering and you people are not feeling it because I don’t think the Zesco board chairperson, Zesco MD and ministers are load-sheded,” Kambwili said.
“Now you don’t think about the people, no wonder you can tease them about eating cheese. People are suffering in this country and then someone goes to tease them about eating cheese because of so many shopping malls that President Edgar Lungu has brought. Let us for once feel for the poor people.”
Kambwili was irked that Zambians were treated like toddlers whenever debate arises on critical issues.
He was dismayed that President Lungu considered load-shedding as a trivial matter when he decided to ask for money to construct roads and bridges while the nation was in total darkness due to lack of electricity.
“This issue of electricity has to be resolved in one way or another. We missed an opportunity, the President went to [United] Arab Emirates popularly known as Dubai, he took four projects that were to him a priority and none of them concerned electricity,” he said.
“He goes to ask for money to do roads and bridges but at the current moment the biggest problem we are facing is electricity. It’s up to you the people of Zambia to put one and one together and find the answer although numbers don’t lie, it’s like in Zambia one plus one is 42. Every time we are treated like kids on important national issues,” Kambwili said.
He also implored President Lungu to term his political advisor Kaizer Zulu before he himself is awoken by a beating from Kaizar to realise that his violent behavior was out of hand.
He wondered why Zulu was untouchable while individuals who commit offences of assault have to face the wrath of the law.
“Today (Friday) we have read on social media, if it is true, that Kaizar Zulu has beaten up another person. President Edgar Lungu, please take action against Kaizar Zulu. The next time I am telling you, you will only realise that it’s serious when he beats you. Because that’s where it’s going, he’s going to beat the President and then you will see that these assaults are serious,” Kambwili advised.
“We must cage Kaizer Zulu, this is too much. Why arrest innocent people and youths in the streets when they fight and you charge them with assault? But here is a man assaulting people every time, has our constitution changed that some people who work for the President are above the law? “Some of us always face arrest and we are taken to court . I can’t even do anything, my son almost lost his life this morning (Friday) as he was rushing to court, he was involved in a fatal accident where the vehicle is almost right off, just to run to court but Kaizar cannot be arrested. Ifwe tuli fipuba, tulimbwa (it’s like we are considered to be fools and dogs); we must appear in court, we must be arrested by the police, Kaizar cannot be arrested; it is painful!”
Meanwhile magistrate Mwaka Mikalile adjourned the matter in which Kambwili, his son Mwamba and his company Mwamona Engineering and Technical Services limited together with two ZRA officials are facing charges of being found in possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime, obtaining pecuniary advantage and uttering a false document.
The matter comes up on March 2, 2020.