SATA Tells His Education Minister John Phiri ‘You Look like A Bandit’

SATA Tells His Education Minister John Phiri ‘You Look like A Bandit’

Education minister John Phiri looks like a bandit according to Sata
President Michael Sata has likened education minister John Phiri to a bandit because of his totally shaven head.

Totally shaved heads gained popularity among men in the 1980s and since then, the hair cut has been adopted by many people. Though haircuts have evolved over the years, the clean shaven head has become a permanent feature for some people.

Some historical facts show that short hair or totally shaven head was a sign of bondage and slavery. It therefore, followed that when people in authority demanded that a man keep or cut his hair or shave his face, the purpose in doing so was to require the clipped man to openly demonstrate his obedience and subservience to them.

This assertion implied that every place where haircuts were imposed was a sign of enforced conformity and obedience.

Speaking at a swearing ceremony for members of the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) at State House on Thursday, President Sata wondered why Phiri and some members of the Commission had totally shaved their heads.

He said the Ministry of Education and the TSC needed serious people since they were dealing with young people who were involved in exam leakages and many other vices.

President Sata asked Phiri why he had totally shaved his head and asked him whether he feared to expose his grey hair.

He said he did not like Phiri’s haircut as he looked like a bandit and urged him to maintain his natural hair.

55 Responses to "SATA Tells His Education Minister John Phiri ‘You Look like A Bandit’"

  1. Mporokoso   December 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Kekekeke! Comedy of …..

  2. Tonga Bull   December 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Micheal Sata Nyoko Chilufyanya is a mental case. Chainama people please get this man before he starts eating from dustbins and sewages.

    • shoko   December 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Mwana watch out

    • Umwina Nkana   December 7, 2012 at 11:43 am

      we need to have respect for our leaders please!

    • bits   December 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      I think you are ok yourself. Never say that to leaders, you are shortening your lifetime

    • logan   December 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      you should have respect for the president

  3. shoko   December 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Ha ha ha

  4. Poe   December 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

    must have been meant as a joke, was the president serious?

  5. Top Shushu   December 7, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Why make a fussy about that…SATA and PHIRI are tribal cousins!!!!

    • kazeze   December 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Clearly a government of jokers, for jokers, by jokers.

      • Ken   December 7, 2012 at 11:35 am

        We love it. No need to frown all time. It killed one former president while seated next to his enermy.

      • Entity   December 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        nothing wrong with jokes though

  6. FS   December 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

    This is not headline news please. Those are Tribal cousins

  7. Umwina Nkana   December 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

    The observation by H.E. MCS makes sense to people of his background – police officers and prison guards!!!!!!!

    Before him, we’ve so far had a teacher, a trade unionist, a lawyer, and a diplomat. Who next?

    • kazeze   December 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

      It will be better to have an economist after the kapokola.

      • Ken   December 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

        We have an Engineer next. Watch this space.

        • Ponyo ponyo   December 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm

          It IS A LAWYER AGAIN

  8. Democrat   December 7, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Sata is a humurous person. He always takes advantage of his tribal cousins. Ba Phiri next time leave some hairs pliz not ukubeya umutwe washala kwati litako. Hahahahaha….

    • Umwina Nkana   December 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Diplomat … allow me to just say, you’re mad! Wansekesha sana!

  9. jolijo   December 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

    man of action mdala

  10. ma mulena   December 7, 2012 at 11:43 am

    nipa cimbuya naimwe.

  11. mufune   December 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    chimbuya mwebantu!!!!

  12. Man -Abel   December 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    He was having a light moment…..kekeke.

  13. Minister Without Portfolio   December 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Chimbuya baleseka ba Sata naba Phiri

  14. james   December 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Lol satan looks like a baboon and he tells he looks like a bandit.

  15. Paswepabe   December 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Tribal cousin between the Bemba’s and Esterners is actually the best in Zambia therefore, this is purely cousinship.

  16. Ba medza   December 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    No fussy about it except for f**kers like tonga bulumutwe. Why owez against our president iwe chik***

  17. Kulekwamyo Kapyololo   December 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Calling anyone a bandit before cameras is not cousinship. You bet even if Sata was caught “sampling” Mrs Banda, some people here will claim he was just chimbuyaling, helping his brother’s wife unwind.

  18. Kulekwamyo Kapyololo   December 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Koma aPhiri namweo awe sure mwanyanya, katendele kateni mutu mane inge lilete.

    • epsilon   December 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      this cracked me.. katendele inge lilete la mutuba…

  19. Kingizo   December 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    So whats the moral of this story Ba Tumfweko?

  20. Kulekwamyo Kapyololo   December 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    There was a promiscuous muBemba politician that had an meeting in France. He met a woman and that night they had their own meeting. While they were having s.e.x, she was yelling, “TROU FAUX,TROU FAUX.” Zondwe did not know what that meant, but assumed it to be some sort of praise, so Zondwe ni “saka more speed sure”. The next day, he went to play golf with the men he had been meeting with. One of them made a hole in one. He yelled, “TROU FAUX,TROU FAUX !” They looked at him and said, “what do you mean wrong hole?”

  21. UWAKWAMUNUNGA   December 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm


  22. Amsom   December 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    i think the president was very unfair to the minister.
    What is wrong in having bald head….
    I hope our president is not allergic to baldness!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Cumbu munshololwa   December 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Democrat. Ati ba Pili kwati lit a call lya kwa zayelo

  24. Wemfula Isa Isa   December 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    But it’s true he looks like a bandit mwe! In fact like the General in Prison Break.

  25. OS   December 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Mwefipumbumwe like this lunatic@Tonga bull and even this dull and weakered author who wants to make an issue over what was a cousin to cousin encounter. U WANT BA SATA TO BE LIKE YOUR MASONIST ,SATANIST HH WHO DOES NOT EVEN SMILE? TO HELL WITH HIM!

  26. joseph m   December 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Give respect to our beloved president.

  27. Bandit   December 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Always a good idea to select the occasion for foolish jokes. But fools will not discern, anytime all the time they will joke foolishly. Can Sata. Can Sata deal with his crooks in government and for once be seen to be serious. He should not demean our Presidency with his un survy language.

  28. XXX   December 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Am sure Sata was joking!! hahaha i think the man looks like a wizard!

  29. imm   December 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    better a shaved head with intelligence than an unshaven head void of both intelligence and wisdom!

  30. gayman   December 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    that one is his mbuya naimwe ba tumfweko

  31. musa tanyoko   December 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    hahahaahaahaha its rily a funny thing mweeee.sata wansekesha

  32. Zebige   December 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Iwe Sata what is wrong with a potato cut ? Ilyo elyashi nshifwaya ine.

  33. stealth   December 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    may be he was tryng to tell his minister to be a pirate and not a bandit as pf belong to the water boat(pabwato)

  34. Lusoft26   December 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    he also looks like a bandit

  35. chieris   December 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    it is very shameful for the president to be making fallacies in his statements, if in the past shaving completely was associated to theft and criminals it does not follow that they are thieves, lets fight fallacies and reason critically.

  36. Truth2   December 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I think when reporting,you should be able to distinguish what is a joke and which one is not.You do’nt just report to attract readers.You the media has the power to bring war by the way you report certain things.

  37. Uncle Bob   December 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I like the comment. Infact, Dr Phiri should thank the Presido for that observation.

  38. MASTER CHOTA   December 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Ne chimutwe chine nangu tapasoswa, uyu ngani pastor kuti alebafye eka ku church. Ichilukusu

  39. Wanu Ngwee   December 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm


  40. epsilon   December 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Trust me MCS is just a riff ruff..

    Why cant we for once as Zambians settle for educated people to run our country?
    The world has become so complicated for every semi illiterate Jim and Jack to just sprung up and claim the reins of leadership.

    A genuinely earned first degree can be a modest prerequisite.

  41. Malinso   December 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Ichimbuya kwisa? The presido said similar things about nevers mumba’s bald head. He was not sharing a light moment, he was serious. It is clear that he dislikes bald heads.

  42. stevo   December 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    let’s mind our hair cuts comrades. we have to luk representable as leaders.

  43. Amai tilikuseli   January 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm