This question sounds funny but it is real. We ask this question because at times it can really be frustrating to be a Watchdog in Zambia. A Watchdog can be a journalist or an organisation that provides an oversight role. Our role as Journalists here is to bring to light what the authority tend to hide to the Public. There are a number of financial scandals that the media in Zambia especially the Zambian Watchdog and then the Post Newspapers have exposed but have gone on deaf ears on both the public and the government. It is life as usual.
Some politicians like Comrade Saviour Chishimba have exposed serious corruption by the first family but everything looks normal. Just some few months ago, we reported that Edgar Lungu, Ronald Chitotela and Rupiah Banda have struck a nasty deal with some Turkish businessmen to buy off an over valued building opposite the Zambia Information, Communication and Technology Authority (ZICTA) Head Office in exchange for a link to a loan. This loan is not going to be paid back by these thugs but Zambians as taxpayers. Go to that building today. It is the Ministry of Infrastructure where Chitotela is the Minister. For those in Lusaka, you go and look at the building and find out if it can cost US8million. Our source from the Attorney General’s Chambers is also shocked at that amount.
The Attorney Generals Chambers did documentation on behalf of the government but from the Turkish firm who did the Conveyance? Where was the tender advertised to ask for Valuers to value that building? Which company valued it? Where did the money to buy that building come from when it was not budgeted for? Where is the Parliamentary Accounts Committee headed by Howard Kunda? Is the role of PAC to be flying around? Where is authority from the Zambia Public Procurement Authority? When did Chitotela’s ministry advertise tenders for solicitation of office space?Maybe the country could have found a cheaper source.
We are saying the country because this money is not private money from these buggers. As if this is not enough we now have to pay US1.2 billion for a 321km road. Meanwhile, estimates from the Engineering Institutition of Zambia (EIZ) a body with authority and enacted by an Act of our own Parliament says the project can only cost US600million. Who do we believe the contractor, the government or the experts who in this case is EIZ?.
Where is the other US600 million going?. Very soon it will it will be National Day of Prayers but look at the site. Nothing is happening there. It is just dust but go just opposite Charles Lwanga Catholic Church near the site, who is building there. Meanwhile, when some people boycot such prayers because they are arranged by thieves, they are labeled anti Christ.
Who is an Anti Christ here between the one stealing from the poor and calls for prayers and prays with one eye open looking for what to steal and the one who says no you are thieves stop using the name of the Lord in vain?.
Look at the Victory Club Casino next to Autoworld along Kafue road near Down Town. How can Lungu build it in four months? Where is the money from? How can Lungu have more than K50million now from K2.5million in 2015? Meanwhile these people are calling for job creation and local contractors empowerment but look at who they are engaging as contractors. Chinese. The list is endless but what we want to state here is that it can be frustrating to be providing overaight role in Zambia but we hope one day we shall have a leader like Levy Mwanawasa who will sweep this country clean. Otherwise we shall not despair because of majority Zambians who do not care. For those who believe ” If you can’t beat them then join them” we say sorry because one day your children, grand children or great grand children shall pay for your docility.