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UPPZ pledges to put all traditional leaders on salary

UPPZ presidential candidate Charles Chanda says the only problem with Zambia is that people choose leaders who have many pockets.

And Chanda says the government’s move to engage in civil servant’s debt swap is a sign that there is money in Zambia.

Featuring on Radio Maria’s good governance programme, Chanda said the country had money that can be used for various programmes.

“As UPPZ, we have put in place a policy to ensure that chiefs and headmen are put on payroll. We have councillors and they are on the payroll but councillors do not make roads in villages. They don’t bring water in villages,” he said. “But when you look at the headmen and the chiefs, they are the ones that stay in villages and are the ones who work. For us we are going to ensure that headmen and chiefs, whether gazetted or not, should get something from government. They will be put on payroll.”

Chanda said he could justify where he would get the money to pay headmen and chiefs on a monthly basis.

“Look at our constituencies here in Chipata. We have constituencies and, in these constituencies, we have chiefs who have no vehicles. But an MP who does not stay in the constituency but stays in Lusaka, government gets a vehicle – a 4-by-4 giving an MP but headmen and chiefs have not motor bike or vehicle and yet they are the people who stay in places where there are no bridges,” Chanda added. “For me, as Charles Chanda, I don’t agree with this kind of keeping people. I want to serve the chiefs and all the headmen and indunas so that they can come to know that God has heard their cry now. There is no justification why chiefs cannot be given a vehicle whilst the MP has.”

And Chanda said the government’s quest to takeover civil servants’ loans proved that there was a lot of money in the treasury.

He however wondered why the government could pay loans for people who were still working.

“The problem is that we normally choose leaders who have many pockets which do not get full in five years. Even 10 years is not enough. That’s why you find that when time for elections comes others will say ‘my time is not over yet’. It’s not the time that is not over, they just mean that ‘my pockets are not full’,” said Chanda. “This time government wants to pay loans for civil servants, that is why we are saying money is there. Why should government get money and pay for someone’s loan while they are working? You know, sometimes I normally sit down and ask God ‘what did we do in Zambia, for leaders to make policies that we would all agree with it that it came from God!’ You cannot tell me that this policy of paying loans for the people who are working…This policy did not come from God.”

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