Corrupt textbook Contracts


ZAMBIANS are not foolish and it is not fair for Patriotic Front (PF) ministers to be hoodwinked into accepting corrupt deals that only tarnish the image of the Government.

When this Government fails, it will be the President and ministers who will take the blame and not the corrupt technocrats.

It is very sad that our Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is totally moribund and therefore is incapable of dealing with real issues of corruption, such as the one evidenced at the Ministry of Education.

Procurement in this ministry is rotten to the core, a fact exemplified by the lifestyle led by some officers who live well above their earnings.

There is blatant corruption at the Ministry which must be stopped. Allowing the current tender contract that was signed by foreign managers who flew in on the day that the Lusaka High Court judge was delivering a ruling will be complicity to a crime.

We also wish to warn the Minister of Education Dr. Michael Kaingu not to get involved in the rot that is deep. We know that his technocrats in the ministry have manipulated information to present a totally ineffectual proposition that none of the Zambian publishers can produce textbooks.

This is utter rubbish and they know it.

Zambian authors and publishers have been writing and publishing for years. It cannot be that with the advent of vernacular instruction, Zambians have suddenly become incapable. No Zambian company will be allowed to produce books in Asia or indeed East Africa.

Come on, credit Zambians with some intelligence.

We know the companies that have been given the contracts. Who owns them and which Zambian is sponsoring them? How did their foreign collaborators fly into the country on Friday to sign contracts, even before the judge delivered her ruling?


Subsidizing consumption


THE International Monetary Fund has confirmed our concerns.

There is urgent need for the Government to adjust expenditure to reflect the fiscal and monetary reality that has been created by internal and external circumstances.

The first agenda item should be to limit consumption expenditure, one of which being the recently mooted programme of subsidizing mealie meal. This is one inefficient manner of cushioning the poor because there is no effective mechanism to ensure that only the needy have access to the commodity.

We should not go back to the UNIP coupon programmes.

Secondly the Government must seriously look into oil procurement. It is beyond comprehension that pump prices are below cost. How can this be at a time when  prices are at their lowest?

Something is very wrong.

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