I will not re­lent on cor­rup­tion war, vows Kamb­wili

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By KALOBWE BWALYA THIEVES are steal­ing ca­bles and other ap­pli­ances from newly in­stalled so­lar street lights in Lusaka re­sult­ing in some streets be­ing in the dark.

Lusaka Mayor Wil­son Kalumba has since warned that stern ac­tion would be taken against any­one caught steal­ing or van­dal­is­ing the street lights and other pub­lic in­stal­la­tions in the city.

Mr Kalumba said the lo­cal au­thor­ity was aware that some peo­ple were go­ing round the city steal­ing ca­bles and other ap­pli­ances hence plung­ing some streets into dark­ness.

In an in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion, Mr Kalumba charged that the coun­cil would not al­low acts of sab­o­tage to con­tinue and would en­sure cul­prits were brought to book.

He said the au­thor­ity was on alert and had since in­creased the num­ber of se­cu­rity per­son­nel to en­sure that van­dals were brought to book.

“Yes the coun­cil is aware that some peo­ple are van­dal­iz­ing the newly in­stalled so­lar street lights by re­mov­ing ca­bles. But we are work­ing around the clock to en­sure that peo­ple be­hind such acts are ar­rested and put be­hind bars,” said Mr Kalumba.

Mr Kalumba warned that cul­prits would not be treated with kid gloves be­cause they were de­stroy­ing costly pub­lic in­stal­la­tions.

He said ex­plained that the so­lar street lights were for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity and won­dered why peo­ple were de­stroy­ing them.

The street lights in the cap­i­tal city were not only meant to beau­tify the city but for safety rea­sons too, he said.

“As the lo­cal au­thor­ity we happy to have th­ese street lights in our town­ship be­cause it is a big step to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the city and will en­sure that we de­liver be­cause cit­i­zens de­serve the best,” he ob­served. By AN­NIE ZULU

I WILL not re­lent and stop talk­ing un­til the un­prece­dented theft and cor­rup­tion in the Edgar Lungu led Gov­ern­ment comes to an end, Roan Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Chishimba Kamwili has vowed.

Mr Kamb­wili who is for­mer Chief Gov­ern­ment’s Spokesper­son said he would not be in­tim­i­dated, but would stand up for the truth and the bet­ter­ment of the Zam­bian peo­ple.

He ac­cused the Pres­i­dent Lungu of spear­head­ing cor­rup­tion in Gov­ern­ment and pro­tect­ing some cor­rupt min­is­ters and in­di­vid­u­als in Gov­ern­ment.

Mr Kamb­wili was speak­ing when he ad­dressed a press briefing at his res­i­dency in Lusaka yes­ter­day.

“This cru­sade against cor­rup­tion will not end un­til the un­prece­dented plun­der over our re­sources by a few peo­ple in this gov­ern­ment comes to an end. I am ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed that the Head of State who is sup­posed to pro­vide lead­er­ship is the one pro­tect­ing cor­rupt min­is­ters by say­ing that peo­ple are plot­ting against them by mak­ing un­sub­stan­ti­ated al­le­ga­tions,

“If the Pres­i­dent be­lieves that th­ese are un­sub­stan­ti­ated al­le­ga­tions, the best he can do is to al­low for an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into all the is­sues that were raised, in­clud­ing the 42 fire engines and the Ndola-Kitwe dual car­riage­way.

“But Pres­i­dent Lungu is in­volved in this cor­rup­tion, he is the cor­rup­tion num­ber one in this Gov­ern­ment, that is why he is de­fend­ing his min­is­ters and he should not even pre­tend,” Mr Kamb­wili said.

He in­di­cated that he had re­li­able in­for­ma­tion of how some Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials were laun­der­ing the money they were get­ting from deals.

“When I was be­ing told this, my heart bled and up to now my heart is still bleed­ing. I am told they are given cash, when you go to their houses con­duct a search you will find money.

“The money they are col­lect­ing from the deals it is ei­ther they buy ve­hi­cles that is why you see most of them have a lot of posh cars at their houses and they are also buy­ing houses, that is how they are clean­ing this money, be­cause they can’t keep it in their bank ac­counts,” He said.

“The peo­ple of Zam­bia must stand up and say enough is enough, you don’t have to wait for 2021,” he said.

Mean­while, Mr Kamb­wili has also ac­cused Pres­i­dent Lungu of trav­el­ling aim­lessly.

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