Press Release: What should your ministers tell us? 20/09/13
National Restoration Party Press Release: What should your ministers tell us?
It is now 2 years behind us since Zambia ushered into office the Patriotic Front administration. Over the 2 years, so much has been said and so little done that one is left wondering- Zambia, where to? On the back of promises that hoodwinked Zambians into believing a paradise was about to be created in Zambia, the PF’s victory sparked historic celebrations across the country as the jobless youths, the disempowered farmers, the retirees and the struggling businessmen and women began the 90 day countdown to the new dawn. It is now 730 days and lo and behold; where are we? Where are we headed to?
One of the issues that endeared the Patriotic Front Leader, Mr Michael Sata, to the Zambian people was his condemnation of laws that were applied selectively and meant to disadvantage opposition parties. Mr Sata was very vocal on the Public Order Act when he was in the opposition and we all expected his government to liberate Zambia from this archaic law once he had the mandate to do so. Two years down the line NAREP has a comprehensive plan for creating jobs which has been shared widely. We appeal to you to take time to study this plan for the good of Zambia. The 25 year old youths, who voted for you, will still be jobless at 30 when you exit office if you do nothing about their situation TODAY.
In your infamous 90 days rhetoric, you spoke about how load shedding would be a thing of the past, you condemned the mobile hospitals claiming that you would ensure the current health facilities are well stocked and new ones constructed, you criticized the education system as being out-dated and irrelevant, you lambasted the MMD government for having the highest fuel prices in the region. 730 days behind us, your record speaks for itself:
Notwithstanding, your below par performance, we appreciate the successful hosting of the COSAFA tournament, your passion for working on the road network and the harmonization of salaries in the civil service. You could do a lot better if you paid attention to your government’s numerous challenges in addressing people development and addressing service delivery. NAREP will not speak for the sake of speaking but we will continue to demonstrate that Zambia needs more than just speaking.
We thank you for demanding a more vibrant opposition but wish to call upon you to level the political playing field. This harassment of opposition leaders, stifling of traditional leaders’ voices and promotion of unprofessional police conduct will only take this country to an age we have already passed. Your government has an opportunity to live, to love and to leave a legacy but as things stand there is much introspection required of you and your government. When you begin to meet the aspirations of Zambia, your ministers will not need to be poked into talking. For now, pardon them, there is nothing worth talking about.