PF’s 1st year in government a joke, says Miyanda

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Post Newspaper
By Speedwell Mupuchi
Thu 18 Oct. 2012, 10:00 CAT
Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda says the Patriotic Front government’s first 12 months have been a joke as there was failure by the leadership to steer their boat properly.

In a statement analysing the PF’s first year in government,
Brig Gen Miyanda said it was a relegation of national responsibility for some opposition leaders to want to appear “nice” to the PF regime.

“I disagree that the PF must be given a chance to carry out their mandate. This approach introduces a diversionary angle as it distracts the public from raising the real issue of the ’90 Day ruse’ which achieved its intended purpose but is now disowned by its PF foster parent,” Brig Gen Miyanda said.

“It is especially more important for opposition leaders to take an aggressive though not destructive stance to jolt the blubbering PF to wake up and change course. Regrettably some of the opposition leaders seem to want to be seen and heard to be politically correct, in a way that is becoming confusing and ambivalent as one cannot tell whether they are actually opposition or are mere sound boxes for the PF.”

Brig Gen Miyanda accused the PF government of inconsistency in policy pronouncements.

“There was an election pledge to expel the Chinese from Zambia, which many suffering Zambians believed and voted for the PF. After winning the election, President Sata quickly took over the Chinese from the MMD in unexplained circumstances. We are entitled to speculate that the very honey that President Sata alleged was being enjoyed by the MMD as their reason for aligning themselves to the Chinese is now being gulped by the PF!” he stated.

And Brig Gen Miyanda said the timing of the registration of sim-cards was highly suspect and must be reversed or suspended.

He stated that implementation of the plan had a tendency to compromise privacy and makes relevant constitutional safeguards on privacy moribund.

“Additionally, with the selectiveness and vindictiveness that has manifested under the PF regime, business opportunities will be in jeopardy because of the selective manner in which the first 90 days were carried out. Company secrets will not be safe; even court matters will not be spared…” he stated.

Brig Gen Miyanda described as ominous President Sata’s declaration that there was nothing wrong with the public order Act.

“If the PF does not rescind or suspend the sim card exercise, I would personally advocate for a class action so that many citizens join as litigants to stop this unjustified erosion of our constitutional rights. This scheme must not be implemented, certainly not under the presidency of President Sata,” he stated.

Brig Gen Miyanda also dismissed the constitution-making process saying, “it is clearly partisan, is manipulated, is compromised, lacks credibility and above all has no legal backing – in short it is a waste of time and public funds”.
And Brig Gen Miyanda criticised President Sata for not addressing the nation since he took office on September 23, 2011.

“His silence has created fertile ground for speculations. For instance, the rumpus that followed the recruitment of soldiers into the defence force led to serious allegations not just of corruption but that the PF party recruited into the military those on pre-determined lists of PF members. There are even allegations that there is a parallel security system juxtaposed between the PF’s party security (as happened during MMD early days) and the official defence and security systems,” he stated.

“If this be so, it is dangerous. But what is the truth? We do not know because the captain of the boat has refused to address us, though he found time to travel to address the United Nations.”
Brig Gen Miyanda also said President Sata regularly lambasted president Rupiah Banda’s travels within and outside Zambia.

“Yet the first lady has made so many trips in the few months of the regime that may have surpassed that of the President and those who are employees of the State,” he said. “President Sata’s uncharacteristic silence has led to speculation about the humanitarian activities of the first lady because of their frequency and regularity.

Without disparaging our latest Mother of the Nation, Zambians should ask and expect to get answers to the following: what are the specific duties that the first lady is carrying out and is this a full-time occupation? What is the budget line for those activities?

Who or what institution is financing her trips? Is it State House, Ministry of Health or the University Teaching Hospital (UTH)? Is she travelling as a UTH or State House doctor? “To which department does she belong and to whom does she report? What is now the status of her substantive duties at the UTH as a doctor?”

Brig Gen Miyanda said the media was making a positive mountain of Dr Kaseba’s activities.

“Are we being prepared for a time when the PF will officially introduce the office of the first lady? Should philanthropic activities be the reason for incurring additional costs by a regime that pledged to reduce the cost of running government? All these run counter to the PF pledge to reduce the cost of running government and calls for public scrutiny and debate,” he stated.

Brig Gen Miyanda also alleged there was unprecedented increase in tribalism and regionalism created by and under the PF regime.

He also condemned what he referred to as indiscriminate dismissals of citizens from government jobs, which was more pronounced in the diplomatic service.
Brig Gen Miyanda said he does not subscribe to the 90-day PF fantasy.

“Unfortunately, lies do get votes because people trust their leaders and believe those lies until the leaders are caught with their pants down as is the case now,” he said. “This is a total PF failure in spite of spirited efforts to cover it up. The failure is not having failed to create jobs in 90 days, but refusing to admit that they promised milk and honey in 90 days.”

He stated that the PF leadership was guilty for not admitting what needs to be admitted and for not apologising where there was need to do so.
He also criticised President Sata for openly rebuking defence and security service chiefs in public.

On President Sata’s address to Parliament, Brig Gen Miyanda stated it was a dismal flop.

“Hon Michael Kaingu was right to tear the paper because the President did not read the speech in Parliament. We saw him speaking off the cuff and incoherently passing over papers as though he had read them,” he stated.

“The so-called humour or joke about Hon Fackson Shamenda’s first name was completely out of order and should have been so ruled, except perhaps for the Speaker’s respect for the Office of President. MPs should have boycotted debating a speech that was not delivered in Parliament; if anything all of them should have emulated Hon Kaingu who should never have apologised for tearing it up.”

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98 Responses to PF’s 1st year in government a joke, says Miyanda

  1. This was covered in the Post? I cant believe it. Is the Post re-branding?

    Ulemu Niwabwino - October 19, 2012
    17:55

  2. AM BASING ON THE 2011-2012 SUCCESS OUT OF THE MANY COMMISSIONS OF INQURIES AND ANT-CORRUPTION COMMISSIONS WHICH WERE SET TO CATCH UP WITH CORRUPTION AND MALPRACTICES.

    CONDOLENCES POOR FINISHERS IN THE PAST ONE YEAR AND I TRUST THE 2013 WILL BE YEAR OF IMPLEMENTATION.

    WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED IN THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRIES? WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED THROUGH THE ACC? CAN THEY TELL US THAT WE HAVE RECOVERED MUCH COMPARED TO THERE EXPENSES SPENT ON THE ALL THE MISSIONS OF WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION?

    Sena - October 19, 2012
    17:42

  3. CONDOLENCES POOR FINISHERS IN THE PAST ONE YEAR AND I TRUST THE 2013 WILL BE YEAR OF IMPLEMENTATION.

    WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED IN THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRIES? WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED THROUGH THE ACC? CAN THEY TELL US THAT WE HAVE RECOVERED MUCH COMPARED TO THERE EXPENSES SPENT ON THE ALL THE MISSIONS OF WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION?

    Sena - October 19, 2012
    17:37

  4. Lonely,directionless and bitter.Quit Politics or takeover MMD may be with a some following you can resurrect your once brilliant political career.Ba Brigadier General without a following you cannot make it.

    sobenechyo - October 19, 2012
    13:36

  5. ITS TRUE BUT WHATS THE WAY FORWARD??????????????????????????????

    rocktree - October 18, 2012
    23:17

  6. Boasting na njala

    kyalikosa - October 18, 2012
    20:59

  7. General is right and is the only president who is clean and the village concept is the best for zambia.

    simuchimbaeneli eneli - October 18, 2012
    20:22

  8. It is like upnd is desperate for membership,well the best u can do is sale this provincial party to all provinces,then u r rest asured of better performance.

    Manfavour - October 18, 2012
    18:37

  9. Mr general, you guys were in power and you did very little by way of ensuring that Zambia would boast of a constitution that would stand the test of time or we would not be in the mess we are in now. I personally do not therefore consider you as qualified critisize to when in fact you are very much part of the rot. Get real.

    Annoyed - October 18, 2012
    17:54

    • agree with totaly.+ a man who has failed to grow his party and only emerges when there are elections.no matter how good your observations cant carry wieght.please come 2016 dont stand as president just leave to to people who make a mark.HH,Nevas and Chipimo to battle it out.mwee

      onezambia - October 19, 2012
      09:14

    • The reason is simple. Zambians DO NOT believe in sincere politicians. They believe LIARS, just like Sata did. Cheated Zambians and what is he doing?

      A CLEAN Zambian will never rule Zambia, till…….

      Zaza - October 21, 2012
      00:30

  10. Well spoken Mr general. But what is your vision for Zambia? Are you just here to critise and offer no solutions? A man of your intellect should not be in the habit discussing serious matters in trajectory manner or you will end up being lumped with the lumpens.

    ACT - October 18, 2012
    17:46

  11. Zambia is no exception!!!

    Economist James Shikwati asks whether Kenya’s ambitious Vision 2030 plan can bring the country out of a cycle of corruption and economic stagnation.

    Since independence in 1963, Kenya’s great development plans have been held back by the plunder of government resources.

    The attitude that what belongs to the public can be taken with impunity has been seen as one of the most serious impediments to development in the country – and by extension, the rest of Africa.

    Litunga Iyeta - October 18, 2012
    17:36

  12. yes general i agree with you on all what you have said however i dont agree on the issue of registration of sim cards this is very good for zambia here in india it is done.why not zambia? what privacy are you talking about?this will also help the police to track down crminals remember you are a security person who should support this move which CNP though useless has embarked.

    zabeta zanga lufwakoko - October 18, 2012
    16:53

  13. The joke is the general,what a loser.It is not constitutional for a president to hold a press conference.He ‘s busy working,national issues or solutions cannot be found at a press conference.Thats why there is a sate house press aide Mr Chellah and he s doing a fine job for the boss.Press briefings are for complainants like HH,Nevers and general himself.The president has a nation to run,He will adress or meet the press when he meets them.

    rodrik - October 18, 2012
    16:48

    • How can you call the General a joker when that Sata(n) cracks jokes at every opportunity! Just look at that useless joke of a speach he gave in parliament. He can’t hold a press conference because he is such an imbecile that he can’t answer questions unless from a prepared script!

      Shrek! - October 18, 2012
      19:02

    • RODRIK WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?? DO YOU UNDERSTAND ANY LEADERSHIP ETHICS??

      NewZambia - October 18, 2012
      19:41

    • rodrik sounds lyk a co-boy to me.

      ndeloleshafye - October 19, 2012
      00:10

    • PF cadre – Thinking one way

      Zaza - October 21, 2012
      00:32

  14. The General has always been sharp, intelligent. I admire his knowledge of National affairs. I can peaceful join him to protest the sim card registration, why? General, put efforts together with HH and Mumba. I know that the other boy for NAREP and Nawakwi have no focus and direction.

    Bemba Ninshi? Ni kawalala.... - October 18, 2012
    16:47

  15. YES GENERAL, YOU ARE VERY RIGHT BUT PLEASE DO NOT SPLIT THE VOTES SO THAT SATA IS BEATEN CLEAN BY HH. SO PLEASE JOIN HH THE WINING TEAM!!!

    Mawewe - October 18, 2012
    16:32

    • Yes, the General should join UPND, but HH leads because he is now a factor in Zambian politics. VIVA HH

      Bemba Ninshi? Ni kawalala.... - October 18, 2012
      16:49

  16. Big Test to UPND, can the General lead UPND?Let HH for now vie for Vice President….

    goof - October 18, 2012
    16:26

  17. Ladies and gentlemen has there been a press conference since PF took over government? may be i missed it due to my busy schedule please advise.no it cant be.all former presidents were bold enough to answer questions and face the press.

    whats wrong now?

    tobias ngambi - October 18, 2012
    16:17

    • NO PRESS CONFERENCE SINCE 23/10/11. No MORE lies, where can Ukwa get another lie. We are all wide awake.

      Bemba Ninshi? Ni kawalala.... - October 18, 2012
      16:52

    • NONE, BUT JUST AS THE GENERAL RIGHTLY PUT IT, SATA IS BUSY ADDRESSING OTHER PEOPLE/NATIONALS IN THEIR COUNTRIES, BUSY CORRECTING THEM AND TELLING THEM OFF, EXCEPT IN HIS OWN COUNTRY…??? WHAT DID I SAY OWN COUNTRY?????

      NewZambia - October 18, 2012
      19:43

      • Can you imagine a State house Press conference remiscent of Sata’s address to parliament? It will be another circus with the rest of the press corps (except cadres) ending up: Ke!ke!ke!ke!ke!

        Thats wouldn’t be good for Zambia, would it?

        Ba PF Mwala Ponoka Nomba - October 18, 2012
        23:12

  18. THANKS GENERAL

    tobias ngambi - October 18, 2012
    16:12

  19. Village Concempt!! Nashala neka Party

    Akamunofu Kalowa - October 18, 2012
    16:07

    • Do not be fulish iwe kolwestan. The General raised petinent issues which your Ukwa can’t see now. Blinded by power.

      Bemba Ninshi? Ni kawalala.... - October 18, 2012
      16:53

  20. The First lady is the de facto Minister of Finance. I feel sorry for Dr. Kasonde who can not function as substantive Health Minister, but is indirectly answerable to the First Lady.

    indegene - October 18, 2012
    16:07

  21. This is the same guy who once suggested Zambia’s economic problems would be a thing of the past…with PRAYERS? LOL

    tombolilo - October 18, 2012
    16:04

  22. I was wondering about the general’s loud silence over events surrounding the PF government ever since they came to power. He has finally, and magisterially, summed up the farce we are going through. Well done!

    Sovereign - October 18, 2012
    15:54

  23. He can’t address the nation because of the so many lies he told the people during election campaigns and may be he can’t take questions from any other press unless The Lost Newspaper.

    Suzgo - October 18, 2012
    15:50

  24. Mwapusa! Home alone left in the barracks!

    kanchule mano - October 18, 2012
    15:44

    • Ndiwe opusa Kolwestan, the General remains above board and above your calibre combine with Ukwa’s. You kolwe thieves.

      Bemba Ninshi? Ni kawalala.... - October 18, 2012
      16:55

  25. This is great observation General and I agree:

    1. PF condemned Maureen Mwanawasa for the trips she undertook during her time as first lady, what has changed now in PF?
    2. The issue of sim registration is aimed at vote rigging in future, this is an early preparation. I will not register my sim/s I would rather be blocked and resort to use of public phones and/or the old letter writting through post office

    RK - October 18, 2012
    15:38

  26. General mwa lasa. But again don’t be like magande. U can be a good adviser just join HH. Coz honestly u can’t make it alone. Some1 can know how 2 drive some vehcles but can’t buy their own. Otherwise weare finished. The guy in state house z fake @ 90…. ?

    UNIQE MAN - October 18, 2012
    15:35

  27. the general has appeared with the rightful observation after a long hibernation

    kapandula - October 18, 2012
    15:28

  28. I have never liked my uncle since he left mmd,he seems to be the uncle i knw before always disappointing me.Uncle join the ruling party and contribute,don’t condemn provide solutions

    mwila - October 18, 2012
    15:09