The Patriotic Front has to be voted out of power next year because they will kill us all if they continue beyond 2016, says Andrew Banda. In an interview yesterday, Banda said the job losses in the mines, the depreciated currency, high cost of living and massive load-shedding was a sign that the government had failed its citizens. “Please fellow Zambians, let us vote out the PF next year.
They will kill us with hunger, with frustrations and with depression if they go beyond 2016. Look at the mining sector, it has collapsed; look at the health sector, it has collapsed. People are not eating. There is hunger in their homes,” Andrew said.
“What they are doing is not godly and I can assure you that these people will end up in hell because mulungu ofuna lini vinthu vo teti (God doesn’t want such things). Abena Zambia ba chula pa fula.” He said President Edgar Lungu and his ministers do not care whether Zambians were suffering or not. “Nothing is standing strong; everything is in a mess because of bad management. They don’t care whether Zambians are comfortable or not as long as they remain in power.
They get free fuel, each minister is entitled to 800 litres per month, free cars, everything is free! And the President keeps travelling around the world with a huge entourage at great cost to the nation,” Andrew said. “Do these people have the capacity to do anything in their last 12 months? The answer is they don’t.
The leadership of the PF doesn’t have the capacity to solve the problems that this country has got. Maybe five people in that Cabinet have the ability to solve problems but they will pretend all is well to make themselves comfortable while 90 per cent of the people are suffering. It is not right! That’s why some of us are saying it is ungodly.”
He said the PF government had wasted so much money through by-elections.
“To elect Edgar Lungu, it cost $300 million plus. Now every parliamentary by-election that takes place in this country costs $2 million. We have had nearly 30 of them and if you multiply, that is $60 million. But here is a government led by Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu who would have spent $400 million dollars on useless elections. With $400 million, you can build over 5,000 medical centres in Zambia.
If we are to build schools, we can build just as many schools on the same amount of money that this government is spending on elections. And to do what? To do nothing but to sustain themselves in government so that they can be wearing nice suits and driving nice cars which they never dreamt of?” Andrew wondered.
“These guys are getting loans and they are going to divert it to campaigns. But they are pretending that this is for military or this is for such a thing but they just want to use that money to perpetuate their power.
All this is meant to manipulate the Constitution so that they have the numbers and they do have the numbers now, but Zambians have now reached a situation where they have realised that these people are not in power for service but for themselves.” He said a new constitution is needed to avoid ‘useless’ by-elections.
“The solution is to have a constitution which is transparent. We can’t have this business of a guy just waking up and saying, ‘Today I am going to be PF’ and the whole country must stop and go and have a by-election. We must have a situation where if somebody defects, that seat must remain with the political party which that particular person won it on.
That way, we will be protecting resources. We can’t have this,” said Andrew.
“A lot of people think the Constitution is something to play with but it is the supreme law of the land. But they have actually mutilated the Constitution.
They do anything they want and yet they swear on the Bible and say they shall uphold it. They are not honest people, that’s why I am saying what they are doing is not holy.”