Patson Chilemba reacts to “Incoherent policy will undermine Zambia” article in SA

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Patson while working as ‘reporter’ (holding chin) with Sata in 2008

Patson Chilemba, (reporter for the Post newspaper until Sata became president of Zambia in 2011), has responded to an article in the South African newspapers entitled ”Incoherent policy will undermine Zambia” . Chilemba is the PF regime first secretary for press at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa.

He wrote the following letter to the Business day:

I READ your story, “Incoherent policy will undermine Zambia” (March 12 ). It seems there is a systematic attempt on your part to paint a bad image of Zambia.

You allege that there is growing political intolerance and impressions are that Zambian President Michael Sata’s government does not have a coherent development policy, which will undermine the country’s investment credentials and economic growth.

You allege that there is a sustained assault on opposition leaders and the seizure of several private businesses sold to foreign investors by the previous administration, and that, as a result, questions about Mr Sata’s commitment to the rule of law and protection of investments are being raised.

You further state that over the past several months, Mr Sata’s government has taken control of mobile operator Zambia Telecommunications (Zamtel), Zambia Railways, the Finance Bank and the Collum coal mine — all privatised under the predecessor governments of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy.

Mr Sata claims he was forced to intervene because aspects of the sales were corrupt.

In our press statement sent to your staff reporter we gave various reasons for this.

However, it seems our response to those cardinal issues has been ignored so that an impression could be sustained that the Zambian government was unilaterally seizing private businesses sold to foreign investors by the previous government.

The fact that the Zambian government, under the leadership of Mr Sata, managed to secure $750m via a eurobond — which was oversubscribed 24 times — is a sign of confidence in the administration.

You mention that the Zambian economy will expand by 7.3% this year, from 6.9% last year, driven largely by demand from China.

It is also worth noting that the economy is expected to expand mainly because of the sound economic policies of the Zambian government and the expected foreign direct investment into the country.

Apart from raising issues in the article in question, you also published an opinion ( Reversing Zambia’s democratic gains, February 22) in which you accused our president of stepping back from the democratic ideals.

While we appreciate your freedom to free expression and to cover events in Zambia, we plead with you to uphold the tenets of fairness, truthfulness and objectivity, which are some of the important hallmarks of journalism.

Patson Chilemba

First Secretary (Press), Zambia High Commission

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70 Responses to Patson Chilemba reacts to “Incoherent policy will undermine Zambia” article in SA

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    youtube ranking software - March 20, 2013

  2. Chipuba uyu, nepotism exposed caliber yansoni ……

    Givwinter - March 19, 2013

  3. with politics of the belly, these unprincipled judas escariots of the pf regime can go to the extent of selling their souls for 30 pieces of silver to buy bread.these are the judases who can tell you repeatedly while they are sober that the north is the south, and the west is east. political lies have become a way of survival and life in zambia. ask monde of itezhi tezhi. shall well meaning zambians turn to christ because time is no more. these are signs of the beginning of the end. men shall be lovers of themselves.

    foolish zambian - March 19, 2013

  4. A shallow response not worth commenting on.

    Blago - March 19, 2013

  5. Pastson chilemba (beans) the boot licker. So blind that he can not see what is happening

    hello - March 19, 2013

  6. Chilemba is sleepy zambian,ignore him!

    Kangaroo - March 19, 2013

  7. i doubt very much, if such are guys to keep in a foreign country, for the object jobs, for what its worth !

    'e' the independent f(x) - March 19, 2013

  8. Business day just ignore this fool his a typical PF cadre.

    zambiano - March 19, 2013

  9. The response to the article by Patson Chilemba does not hold water. he should respond to the story by offering alternative answers to the lies which were in the article. But it seems he is soliciting for sympathy from the writer. It is a shame we have people paid to do a great job of lifting the image of the country, but it seems these very people do not know what is expected of them. Patson’s response leaves a lot to be desired and makes Zambian government to be at a loss in the yes of the outside world. Please next time Mr Patson ask for help before responding in such a poor manner while you are paid using tax payers’ money.

    Zed@crossroad - March 19, 2013

  10. chilemba shushushu u r such an idiot.

    ulandime mwiinga - March 19, 2013

  11. Ati Patson Chilemba, malabishi chabe. Who is he trying to teach journalism? Such a shallow article is actually an embarrassment. No research, no sensible and logical challenge to the article in the SA publication. Just waffling about ‘good economic’ policies and a Eurobond for which we have ZERO plans. Very soon the creditors will be calling their money back. Paying interest for free! What an impoverished country!

    Kaliza - March 19, 2013

  12. Patson uli shilu..atase..the paoer is right..

    Ngilingindo - March 19, 2013

  13. Well Mr. Chilemba, since it is facts that you want, here they are:

    1. Yes it was factually incorrect to state that “a mobile phone company” had been repossessed. It was in fact the national telecoms provider Zamtel which offers, land, internet as well as mobile services. However, the repossession process was so badly handled that the Zambian government potentially faces huge compensation claims in international courts.

    I think all sensible people have come to the conclusion that LAP Green acquired Zamtel legally and did an excellent job of running Zamtel shortly after acquiring it as well as investing in upgrading its operating assets, many of which were in a state of disrepair.

    The only areas where there could have been wrong doing was in the valuation of Zamtel. But, even on this, the criticism was based on a very subjective report from a Government appointed commission of inquiry.

    Not only that, the President announced that the sale was fraudulent before the Commission of Inquiry had finished sitting and an aggressive media campaign to get Zamtel back was launched by Bwinjimfumu Road, your former base of operations. Can the conclusions of that commission of inquiry be really taken seriously for the reasons mentioned above.

    Most importantly, would it not have been administratively easier to have a revaluation done by a credible party and to get LAP Green to pay any balance amounts rather than face potentially millions of US$ in compensation claims from LAP Green ?

    I think you get the picture. The lack of professionalism and limited use of the Rule of Law to repossess Zamtel is what has got a lot of international investors worried, not the fact there may or may not have been corruption in the sale of Zamtel.

    2. The Euro Bond was an MMD idea through and through. Not only that, most of the strong economic foundations that gave confidence to investors were laid by MMD.

    I specifically refer to taking Zambia to HIPC completion point, moving international reserves to beyond USD 2 billion – or 4-6 months import cover – and moving inflation into the single digit sphere.

    If anything, the actions of the PF resulted in the costs of borrowing going up because of the additional risks that PF has introduced to operating in Zambia since it assumed office.

    You can reference offerings by Ghana and Nigeria in the recent past (which had similar credit ratings to Zambia) if you need further confirmation of the additional risk that is being priced into Zambian sovereign paper.

    If this is insufficient proof, please read the Euro Bond prospectus for Zambia’s offering that deals with risks and see the very “nice” things they have to say about the penchant of Sata for grabbing assets without compensation and the risks this poses for bond holders.

    Finally, it may interest you to know that the only reason frontier markets are of interest to international investors is because monetary easing to keep economies afloat in First World countries (and the low and sometimes negative real interest rates that have resulted from this) as well as a slow down in more traditional emerging markets like Latin America and Asia is what is leading to the interest in African sovereign paper. There are so many article confirming this, you need only Google “African sovereign bonds” to find confirm this.

    Since you are on the subject of money market borrowing, you may want to check the rate at which foreign investors are leaving the Zambian Kwacha money market and consequently putting pressure on the Kwacha.

    This is being done precisely because the stupid policies of your Government viz. a viz. potentially bringing back exchange controls have got a lot of people worried.

    3. The economic expansion was again the result of foundations laid by MMD. Much of the investment you speak about was planned long before PF came into power and is completely independent of PF policy.

    In fact, there are signs of disinvestment from Zambian interests in quite a few sectors of the economy – NB the amount of foreign interests that own property who are selling up in Zambia.

    The reasons advanced are a fear of the re-introduction of exchange controls and your President’s friendship with Robert Mugabe – which has raised fears that their property may be grabbed in one of Ukwa’s mad moments.

    Your Government’s introduction of the minimum wage has also made some enterprises like specialised farming simply unviable. My feeling is that once the positive effects of MMD’s policies start to wear off and the reality of living under an unpredictable socialist regime in Zambia dawns on investors, there could be further disinvestment from Zambia.

    4. Assault on opposition leaders – well it could well be me that is not very intelligent. But, how does arresting people, holding them for more than 48 hours without a charge, finding out that it wasn’t them who committed crimes but one of your own people, then entering a nolle sound to you. Sounds a lot like unlawful harassment to me. Maybe you can elaborate on what you believe unlawful harassment to be.

    Fougarcon - March 19, 2013

    • Wonderful analysis.

      chanda nsofu - March 19, 2013

    • This is brilliant and undisputable

      Vilifier - March 19, 2013

    • Absolutely briliant tell the chimbwi

      chabwerakumanda - March 19, 2013

    • Fougarcon, I have already appointed you first secretary for press at the High Commission USA for 2016 ! because you eloquently analysed the situation truthfully without sugar caoting any bad….rubbish ! Nothing more to say !!! Well said, Walasa !!

      Kalikeka - March 19, 2013

    • Intelligent response. And I have observed you always do on many issues.

      Blackwater - March 20, 2013


    CHECHA - March 19, 2013

    • These PFs insult the entire nation’s dignity and integrity every time they lie and defend wrong things. What can be worse than that? They deserve every insult to the letter.

      Vilifier - March 19, 2013

    • say that to Fred M’membe. He has the Hand Book for insults.

      eagle's eye - March 19, 2013

    • iwe insults are just okey. we want the ailing president and his tandem of thieves to get the message crystal clear. democracy is under siege in our country and there is total breakdown of law and order, so we wont rest untill this situation is corrcted. ths is the only platform were the voiceless can send the mesage across to the ruling elite through the language they understand best ie insults. just watch this space, even bigger insults are coming….

      rashid moustapha alisistani - March 19, 2013

    • GO TO OPRAH !

      Kalikeka - March 19, 2013

  15. What does this USEFUL IDIOT know about fairness, truthfulness and objectivity?????

    NgomaZakwathu - March 19, 2013

  16. This Patson Chilemba did not deny or confirm the allegations in the said article he was referring to. I think even him knows that Sata has mutilated our economy, lete alone our hard earned democracy. Patson can’t deny this fact. But obviously, he had to say something lest he loses his job. In the process he is meant to look so foolish and lacking logic. Anyway, “nisebana wikute”.

    QUESTIONER - March 19, 2013

    • Not only did he fail to refute the allegations, but actually provided a very nice summary of what PF is doing wrong!

      Say what? - March 19, 2013

  17. The rebuff is hollow. Typical of PF’s Useful Idiots who want to comment on issues they do not even understand. Chilemba you have exposed your stupidity and shallowness.

    Sway - March 19, 2013

  18. hes a retard kindly forgive him its the monkey brains no one knows you chilambe or whatever you baboon name you are called in your native primate language since you in south you ll be called a kune or kafa with no brains as it was eaten by syphilis from you know whore so continue being someones bitch, and in conclusion eat dog shit and die you are an economist the article was about the political state of things not about the monkeys in chinsali

    riddick - March 19, 2013

  19. How can you even allow him 2 work in de Embassy of Zambia shut up stupid idiot, you re bring the Country back 2 KK 27 years!

    Copper-belt - March 19, 2013

  20. While Deputy Ministers are members of the Executive, they are NOT members of Cabinet. However, the collective title is also applied to Deputy Ministers. I do agree that with the appointment of more Deputy Ministers, the number of Ministers has increased and the cost is certainly high. I know that the most difficult government workers to control when it comes to spending public resources are Ministers, whether Cabinet members of Deputy Ministers. They just spend while officers try to find ways of justifying the expenditure (call it laundering if you like).

    A Cabinet Minister is one who heads a Ministry and only these, together with the President and Vice-President constitute the Cabinet. I thought I should share that so that we do not continue to swim in error.

    PRAISE GOD - March 19, 2013

  21. Iwe ka Chilemba!
    Just shut up and continue licking your Master’s wound. You cannot support what others are objectively seeing because you have been impaired by your personal gains from this incompetent Patriotic Front Government. We the common people are the ones that suffer while you puppets and crooks prosper! Zambia has changed for the worst since PF came to power. You may hate to hear this, but it is the truth!

    Mubanga - March 19, 2013

  22. Imwe bantu nanga uyu Chilemba(beans), what was he writing above? This idiot, can you re-vist your response to the article, because you are already incoherent here. Your boss is busy making silly decisions what are you trying to tell us? Tell your stupid president to get his ass up and start working not appointing ministers/deputes everyday.

    bwino ka - March 19, 2013


    Azamz - March 19, 2013

  24. Tame Mmembe and his Post before you talk about our Dear Blogg media,chiwamila galu kuluma mbuzi but mbuzi kuluma galu chiipa.Why does PF guys have such a phobia towards advise,remember MMD it was just like this!

    Muhammad fatah - March 19, 2013

  25. Still bragging about a $750m dollar debt that hasn’t even been invested (and it is meanwhile accumulating interests); I hear so much laughter everywhere in Africa! Kaunda borrowed over $7Billion…did they need more confidence and a better economy? Ukwanomics my foot!

    Rio - March 19, 2013

    • Bragging about nkongole.

      dido - March 19, 2013

  26. Imwe bantu. But Sata was looking already sick in the picture. How could Mmembe give us or back a sick horse?

    jeri - March 19, 2013

    • Of course Mmembe knew but wanted to make a fortune out of it!
      And guess what? The guy is a billionaire now for holding the PF and its leaders hostage! Mmembe is the one ruling Zambia by remote control!

      Mubanga - March 19, 2013

  27. Useful idiot indeed.

    Vusii mbewe - March 19, 2013

  28. Patson shut up you little hen wit you lack the ability to respond effectively to the article

    Vusii mbewe - March 19, 2013

  29. The stuff this useful idiot, chilemba is challenging them on, is understood by business day a thousand times more than him. Exposing his stupidity just to impress his master. By the way some trained economist back home don’t even go to that subject.

    Vilifier - March 19, 2013

  30. Bootlicker number 1 !

    All these “achievements” were in the pipeline long before PF came into power, put in place by the MMD.

    This is real hypocracy, that PF is now harassing the very man that initiated these improvements to the economy.

    And Sata has nothing substantial to show for his own efforts except realigning provinces, changing airport names and wasting millions of taxpayers money on by-elections that have divided the country.

    Get out before you are kicked out and bring shame on Zambia!

    Bimbo - March 19, 2013

    • Whilst it is true that the MMD initiated the development gains the PF is boasting about, it is wrong to say that this was done by Rupiah Banda. When the immediate past president of Zambia came into office, all the ground work had already been done by no other than the most demonised president of Zambia Fredrick Chiluba. Even the gains that the late Mwanawasa boasted about were iniated by the MMD under Chiluba yet the only thing that most Zambians remember about Chiluba was the alledged plunder of resources.Boot licker, you should get your facts right before you publish anything. Not everyone is ignorant about what has been going on in this country.

      Boogie - March 19, 2013

      • No one is it was done RB a lone, we saying it was done the MMD governments. Because the policies were clear successive MMD governments were able to implement them. Wavela!

        Munthu Uyu - March 19, 2013

  31. I have heard this guy being described as “stupid as an ashtray”. I can see why

    eagle's eye - March 19, 2013

  32. Claiming success on an MMD eurobond, this palooka is out of touch on a grand scale.
    Isnt there an economic attache at the embassy to assist this last secretary?

    Christian - March 19, 2013

  33. Chilemba is a moon yellow

    Vilifier - March 19, 2013

  34. Patson Chilemba is exposing his weird PF principles of economics. Let this useful idiot have an audience with Justice Malala on DSTV Channel 403 aired on Sundays at 09:30 hrs.

    Mambwe - March 19, 2013

    • Let him buy the “Oxford Guide To Plain English” by Martin Cutts

      eagle's eye - March 19, 2013

  35. More smoke and mirrors is your response Mr Chilemba? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that there is poor policy coordination under the current regime. The more important issue is what is the current administration doing about it? I believe the PF Administration misfired when it retired the public servants who knew about policy coordination on flimsy grounds that they are MMD cadres and sympathisers. If I was in this Administration, I would ask them to come back and guide us on how to achieve better policy coordination.

    The Zambian Philosopher - March 19, 2013

    • ‘Rocket scientist’ is such a tired cliche even the most pretentious of writers will not come near it. That said, decent point…

      Knownymous - March 19, 2013

  36. Patson will soon be back at 36 Bwinjimfumu .Your master will soon give this fight .Start packing now .I hope you bought yourself a cheap car in SA.

    MM2016 - March 19, 2013

  37. good letter but bad english. you dont say “some of the important hallmarks of”, its bad english. simply say “which is the hallmark of” or “cornerstone of”. Lets pay attention to grammer please!!!

    simbwindibwi - March 19, 2013

  38. Ba Chilemba,
    If we can refresh your memory, incoherent means jumbled up or not easy to understand. I think that exactly describes what is going in this country.

    zambia twanaka - March 19, 2013

  39. shit up effie

    Lumela - March 19, 2013

  40. This Patson is just another stupid PF IDIOT who can hardly see beyond his nose. So you are in South Africa for Editing the Post to suite SATA so that you could be offered a job. And you call that being professional. Your time will come also.

    Cruiser - March 19, 2013

  41. Patson has not given his side of the story and therefore denied the country a fair hearing!!
    If people allege and you react you are expected to his your side of the story and in the case a rebuttal of what was allege.
    The paper said PF has grabbed Zamtel (fact).
    The Paper said opposition leaders are being detained and restricted in both behaviour and campaigns (fact)
    The paper said PF policies are nowhere to be seen, read or clarified (fact).
    So Patson what is your beef?
    As a journalist you know that good journalists will have their own sources and will not depend on cadres only for information. Use your time there to study how other media operate and who knows you can be a better scribe when you return when your tour of duty ends.

    Mthoniswa Banda - March 19, 2013

    • Thank you! You couldn’t have said it any better!!!! Good lesson for the first secretary. Hope he takes your advice.

      kapo Nya - March 19, 2013

  42. Make the better use of ur stay while it lasts coz ur govt is really taking zambia to the …. There are certain things u can refute not even those that are clear for everyone to see Thank u defending ur president

    maposa - March 19, 2013


    MUNSHA - March 19, 2013

    • ba munsha u are right the erobond is for mmd thats y pf has felled to use it but meanwhile it is attracting interest.chilemba is confertable in RSA and does not know what is happening in zambia is he aware that the trident project one of the biggest project left by mmd is under treat of being a success.

      poko ya kayombo kakutemba - March 19, 2013

  44. Good work Patson. We need to protect our values as Zambians. South Africa benefited a lot from Zambia and if they have a problem with the Government of the date, better write their concerns to the Government than going public. If KK was stupid enough South Africa would still have been in whites hands.

    kay2 - March 19, 2013

    • useful idiot u support what u dont know because u use yo tribe to think zambia is headed for big trouble melie meal is in short supply you are busy selling maize to tanzania and malawi waint sata will not be there to help u just wait

      poko ya kayombo kakutemba - March 19, 2013

      • Daluuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!

        Nomba linefye - March 19, 2013

    • Ba Kay2. A jounalist’s job is not to write to your government. They write their publications. That is how they are in business. Wake up please!!!!

      Dick Katuba - March 19, 2013


    ECONOMIST - March 19, 2013

  46. chilemba keep wiping sata ‘s bottom with your tongue!

    Wanzelu - March 19, 2013

  47. Ba Patson make the most of your stay in south africa cause not long from now your appointment will be terminated.You know what new presidents do

    useful idiots - March 19, 2013

  48. He has not answered the questions posed in The Business Day. In case Chilemba (beans) does not have an ear to the ground, Sata’s cabinet not stands at 80 members and imagine the staggering opportunity cost of sustaining such a collossal size cabinet. Nearly every month now, he is engineering new bye elections by appointing more deputies from the opposition. He is also reshuffling his ministers very regularly. This manner of running the affairs of state seems to apply to all areas, and if this is not tantamount to an incoherent policy that undermines Zambia, then I beg to differ!

    iNkhosi Mzilikazi DiniZulu - March 19, 2013

    • yes, i am at agriculture HQ ; there is a new PS , where are the others like Dr. Shamulenge. These appointments are confusing workers.

      everlasting joy - March 19, 2013