Sata dangerously abusing his power – Fr. Bwalya

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Fr. Bwalya

Fr. Bwalya

President Michael Sata’s directive to terminate the business contracts that former Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s company had with the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) is a dangerous abuse of power and intolerance typical of tin pot dictators, charges Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ)president Fr. Frank Bwalya

Fr. Bwalya says this development raises serious concerns about the role Mr. Sata has been playing in awarding government contracts.

“Mr. Sata has no power to direct the termination of a dully awarded contract because of personal or political differences,” Fr. Bwalya says. “The public is aware that the differences that have emerged between Mr. Sata and Mr. Mwamba have nothing to do with Mr. Mwamba’s businesses.”

The ABZ president charges that Mr. Sata’s action to order the cancellation of contracts Mr. Mwamba’s company, Arizona Transport, had with FRA is a clear abuse of power by a president that wants to use government contracts to control people and promote the primitive culture of patronage.

He says the action of Mr. Sata is also a form of corruption and confirms his involvement in the awarding of government contracts.

Fr, Bwalya adds: “The simple logic here is that if the president can order the cancellation of a dully awarded contract then he must also be involved in awarding contracts to those aligned to him and his party. Furthermore, if President Sata was not involved in the awarding of FRA business to Mr. Mwamba popularly known as GBM, how can he be involved in terminating such business?”

The ABZ president says against this background, Zambians must be very worried about what is happening at Road Development Agency (RDA) which Mr. Sata has grabbed and put under his armpit.

“Hence, we challenge Mr. Satato explain his involvement in awarding of road contracts to companies that are aligned to PF. Moreover, one message that is very clear is that for a business person to get and maintain business with government and state enterprises they need to align themselves to the ruling party and the republican president in particular. This is against the spirit of entrepreneurship in a civilized society. It is also against the spirit of multi-party democracy let alone intraparty democracy,” Fr Bwalya explains.

In the case of GBM, he is still a member of the ruling Patriotic Front party, hence targeting his businesses in the manner Mr. Sata has done shows a dangerous type of intolerance that has potential to killing intra-party democracy as well as business initiative.

“What Mr. Sata has done to GBM speaks volumes about what those of us in the opposition and those with dissent views go through at the hands of primitive governments such as the PF government. This primitive behaviour is negatively affecting our economy and entrenchment of democracy. It is breeding fear and promoting the big man syndrome,” he says.

“Finally, we think that such reckless behavior of Mr. Sata will cost the government a lot of money through litigation for breach of contractual obligations. People like GBM will go to court and get favourable judgments that may make government pay them huge sums of taxpayer’s money. At the end of the day it is the poor Zambian who can’t even afford to buy a bag of mealie meal who will pay for the primitive and irresponsible behavior of President Sata.”

The ABZ president has urged Zambians to rise and condemn what he described as costly abuse of power by Mr. Sata.


5 Responses to Sata dangerously abusing his power – Fr. Bwalya

  1. In the USA, rich people lobby political leadership for policy change, publicly.

    In Africa, they do so privately because of the fluidity of our democracies. If you try to challenge the status quo, you will do so at your own peril. GBM has never reported for any medical tests, but tomorrow he will be flown to SA for stress related illness.

    He should have asked uncle late Mwila’s relatives or Mark Chona, Chilala, Tangote and Patrice Motsepe…

    December 31, 2013 at 3:09 am

  2. All this mess would not have been there had it not for you Father Bwalya and your friends who campaigned heavily for the retards who r now ruining this country.the president is the Master of the people not a servant…Now the country is borrowing heavily,tax incertives or holidays have been done away with,mention which Investor would come here..respect yourself by being the last person to comment.

    December 31, 2013 at 5:19 am

  3. Retards at each others throats.Dont we have proper leaders to put in office in this country?We are in a serious leadership crisis in this country.God help us!

    December 31, 2013 at 5:41 am

  4. KK where are you? You have been so quite over these internal quarrelling. The country is in crises. God have mercy on our country.

    December 31, 2013 at 10:02 am

    • KK is now having three meals a day.

      December 31, 2013 at 1:21 pm

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