Why GBM differed with Sata
Zambians must now begin to ask why Geoffrey Mwamba commonly known as GBM differed with late President Michael Sata.
I refuse to believe that the difference arose out of GBM commitment to the Chitimukulu. Those who followed the background will remember that President Sata spoke to GBM who was in Kasama while Cabinet was meeting in Lusaka. The phone as we were told was put on loudspeakers for all the other people in Cabinet to hear.
President Sata was not very civil in his language because no Cabinet minister should miss a meeting without seeking permission from the President. Cabinet meetings are a priority of any Government and any minister who misses must do so with a very good reason.
In my own view and perception and if truth were to be told, you will find that GBM resigned because Sata shouted at him for missing a Cabinet meeting. In anger and humiliation at being shouted at in the presence of all ministers it must have hurt his ego to arrive at the decision of resigning.
The excuse that GBM was visiting Chief Chitimukulu is a lame one because even the chief is a man of orders who understands the hierarchy of instructions and would not have asked GBM to disregard that order.
The attempt to blame Chitimukulu for his resignation is not correct and must not be used to bring the royal family into disrepute.
How can GBM who disagreed with President Sata now be the flag bearer of the same Sata he despised by resigning from his Government?
The answer lies in GBM’s personality and temperament. He is not the sort of person to share confidence with, let alone put in leadership, because he will not only spew vulgar language when frustrated but cannot be taken into confidence.
HH and his colleagues will learn the hard way, just as Mr. Sata also learnt the hard way that GBM is not a man to respect convention, order and propriety. He respects his money and the prestige it gives him to buy loyalty and support.
If UPND makes the mistake of ruffling his feathers, they will also be subjected to the same language that has been published on social media and perhaps even worse.
I am very shocked that GBM can aspire for national leadership given the level of his language and lack of intellect.
I am not surprised that he differed with late Prsident Michael Sata.
4th mobile phone company
It is argued that where there is competition, a consumer benefits unlike where there is monopoly in business. When ZAMTEL then PTC enjoyed monopoly as the sole provider of telecommunications, its services were pathetic to say the least.
There was the issue of crossed lines, abnormal fees, no dialing tone etc.
With the coming on board of Telecel and Celtel, now MTN and Airtel respectively, customers thought things would change for the better, but alas, it has become even worse.
Some of these service providers have failed customers in many areas. Most of them having more promotions which benefit nobody apart from inconveniencing us.
That Government wants to bring on board a fourth provider raises the question whether telecommunication would improve? Definitely not!
What Government must do is make telecommunication utility companies work according to laid down procedures.
Therefore, a fourth mobile provider will not add any value but just join the band wagon of poor service providers.
After all, it is said that when you go to Rome, do what the Romans do!
Chongwe school needs help
Just after Independence, many secondary boarding schools were built kilometers away from the residential and or town areas. This was done to avoid pupils absconding lessons to go drinking or shopping as well as protect school property from vandalism and theft. However, as population increases, demand for land has made these schools easily accessible by foot. The schools are now surrounded by residential plots which have put the schools under threat of many vices. I write in reference to Chongwe Secondary School which was built in 1973 in a remote area but this is not the case now.
The school is prone to vandalism and thieves have found a field day to steal with impunity.
Villagers on the hand can trespass at any time of the day and pupils can easily sneak out of the school premises to go drinking, smoking or do all sorts of unthinkable things simply because the school has no wall.
To curb this, the management at this school has embarked on a project to construct a perimeter wall to surround the school. Once completed, it is hoped that the school as well as teachers’ property will be safe and will also be easy to monitor pupil movements at night. In the long run results will improve. It is said that a journey of one thousand miles begins with one step and the school in this economic crunch has managed to fence off at least a quarter of the school.
It is now up to the corporate world to do their corporate social responsibility. We have NATSAVE and Finance Banks whose customer base is teachers who can come to the aid of this school.
Local businessmen can also partner with the school and advertise on the wall to expand their business.
This work must not be left to teachers alone, after all the school belongs to the community.
Concerned Chongwe resident.