HAKAINDE Hichilema has told Zambians says he and his party will stop the alleged theft going on in the PF government. And Chishimba Kambwili says President Edgar Lungu is “a shameless corrupt man” encouraging theft of public resources.
Meanwhile, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, popularly know as GBM, says the ‘ubomba mwibala, alya mwibala’ idiom can only be used to justify theft at a place of work.
President Lungu on Saturday told government and PF officials on Saturday night during the fundraising dinner for the ruling party’s convention centre’s construction that “ubomba mwibala alya mwibala [a field worker eats from the same field]”, a Bemba idiom.
President Lungu, however, cautioned that “but tabatila kulila nembuto pamo” (don’t eat together with seeds).
“…there is a saying I used two days ago and I will use it again, uubomba mwibala alya mwibala but tabatila kulya nembuto kumo,” said President Lungu amidst applause from those in attendance.
Commenting on President Lungu’s statement which has attracted widespread reactions on social media, with many Zambians wondering why the Head of State made such a statement that was open to varied interpretations, Hichilema, the UPND president, accused President Lungu of being preoccupied with self-aggrandizement.
He said his statement on Saturday night in Kitwe was a confirmation of the “his corruption and public theft”.
“When a so-called leader is corrupt, they do not care about the suffering masses, their preoccupation is to steal from government and steal more and more to enrich themselves. And as such, sentiments made by Mr Edgar Lungu of PF that ‘Uubomba mwibala, alya mwibala’ are a confirmation of his corruption and public theft but we will stop him [President Lungu] from stealing anymore, soon,”
He said President Lungu’s statement clearly demonstrated that he would leave the government of Zambia bankrupt.
“Clearly, watching and listening to the man, he literally says he will leave the government of Zambia bankrupt. Who says a thing like that? Only a man whose preoccupation is self-aggrandizement using public resources. Public resources meant to alleviate poverty in our country are being diverted to individuals. Is this the kind of government our country needs to progress?” Hichilema asked. “We have always known that our country is in the hands of corrupt individuals but what we didn’t fathom was the level of impunity with which corruption is being encouraged.”
He vowed to take decisive actions to stop President Lungu and his government from further depleting the country’s reserves.
“In view of that and by virtue of this statement, we wish to state that we shall take decisive actions to stop Mr. Lungu from further depleting our country’s resources. If it means writing to international institutions that are fighting corruption and plunder of public resources, we shall do so in order to protect our country’s properties from being individualised. Fellow citizens, time to unite and act is now, let’s save our country’s economy and democracy for our future generations. Mr Lungu and his corrupt associates must know that ‘umulandu taubola’,”