UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) President Hichilema says President Sata has betrayed his electoral campaign vow on restoration of 1964 Barotseland Agreement once the Patriotic Front (PF) took over the reins of power.
Meanwhile, Hichilema is pleased that pronouncements that President Sata will oversee the enactment of people driven constitution is a step in the right direction.
Hichilema is amused that instead of letting ministers appoint of disband statutory bodies the 5th Republican President was indiscriminately chasing appointed executives for the Zambia Revenue Authority and Energy Regulation Board to name but two.
Further, Hichilema is worried that President Sata is appointing Commissions of Inquiries as a measured of political appeasement to individuals and sectarian interests that supported the PF ahead of the Tuesday 20th September 2011 tripartite elections.
“It is not a sign of prudential usage of public resources to create commissions that have no substance and economic value. I hold a view that these commissions of inquiry are meant to divert attention from the core issues of sticking to the said commitment to honour the 1964 Barotseland Agreement. I expected the President to implement his political of electioneering message of restoring the Barotseland Agreement but alas, the PF leader is now buying time by creating a commission to probe what he already knows,” Hichilema argued on Costa Mwansa’s Muvi Television ‘The Assignment Programme’ on Sunday 16th October 2011.
Hakainde fondly revered as HH fears that Zambia is bound to slip into the One Party era.
Commissions must not become sourced of political appeasement.
“Allowances must not be the motivating factor. In my view those being appointed to various commissions by President Sata seem to be reaping political favours. These public bodies must not be seen as structures creating jobs and allowances for boys and girls. We must not use commissions to reward those that support a party in power. They must not be petty,” Hichilema cried foul.
HH says he equally hates corruption arguing that the vice frustrates efforts to empower the Zambian people.
“We must root it out. Corruption makes it difficult for the people to access goods and services which are a basis for good livelihoods,” Hichilema said.
Hakainde Hichilema says harmony between labour and capital must be guaranteed as a measure of sustainable development.
HH fears that lack of mutual of tripartite relations, labour or capital and oversight role of the Government could be eroded.
“Government must protect both labour and capital as either party could suffer. Jobs and economy and other stakeholders would suffer once any tripartite forced is neglected. We need a good labour and investment environment. There is a danger to in issuing political campaign messages that deceived the electorate like the Patriotic Front (PF),” prayed Hichilema.
Meanwhile, Hichilema expressed delight following pronouncements by President Sata that the PF Government would enact a broad-based and inclusive constitution within three months (90 days).
“It is good that the President restated a resolve to enact a people driven Republican Constitution within 90 days,” Hichilema said.
Officiating at the Opening of the First Session of the Eleventh National Assembly of Zambia on Friday, October 14th 2011 President Sata, reiterated a commitment towards a comprehensive review of the Republican Constitution.
“We are going to ensure that a people driven Constitution is enacted Sata told the auditorium which included First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba Speaker of the National Assembly Judge Dr Patrick Matibini and Clerk of the National Assembly, Doris Mwiinga and Chairperson of Committee Mkondo Lungu.