I’M ASHAMED…complains Lusambo after civil servants shun Lungu at Ndola airport


COPPERBELT minister Bowman Lusambo says he is ashamed that
civil servants on the Copperbelt have continued to shun
President Edgar Lungu’s arrivals at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe
International Airport. And Lusambo has ordered Copperbelt
acting permanent secretary Joyce Nsamba to distribute the PF
manifesto to all government offices.

On Saturday when President Lungu arrived in Ndola for the
Zambia-Cameroon game, only about three turned up, prompting
President Lungu to ask Lusambo where the civil servants were.
Addressing heads of government department at Cabinet Office
yesterday, Lusambo, who looked disturbed, said some civil
servants would soon be fired.

“And for us as Copperbelt, we are a team and the President
has a vision and we need to support his vision. I’m carrying
Edgar Lungu’s vision. It is embarrassing that the President
is coming to the province and you only find four or five
heads of department at the airport,”

Lusambo complained.

“We are here because the President is there. I told you that we
are a winning team but you have started to disappoint me. I
want to pose a question if there is anyone who does not want to
work here on the Copperbelt, you are free to visit my office. I
will put ink and paper and you will go in the province you

He said he would not “tolerate lawlessness” from civil servants
shunning the President at the airport and that he was shocked
and ashamed that civil servants on the Copperbelt had changed
from what they pledged to do.

“For me, I will not tolerate lawlessness. I will not tolerate
anyone to sabotage His Excellency Edgar Lungu’s vision. It is
very shocking that we are celebrating independence [but] the
heads of government are not there. Only two or three are
there. And you expect me as minister to start organising
people to be part of independence cerebrations? You expect me
to start knocking on your doors that today it’s independence
and you as heads of government should organise so that we
have a colourful event?”

Lusambo wondered.

“When the President is coming, everyone should be at the
airport to show that we support him and his vision. The
President came on Saturday. I was embarrassed. He told me ‘can
you show me the civil servants, where are they?’ After greeting
the politicians, only five or six, and the President questioned
me. So before I’m fired, it’s better we part company and bring
other people who can work.”

He said he was serious about getting people fired if they did
not work.

“I’m very serious on that, very, very serious. Every one of us
here are adults. You want me to start monitoring you? I’m not a
monitor; I’m your colleague to work together with. I don’t want
you to start calling me names. If you allow me to start
inspecting you, most of you will go,” Lusambo said.

“Copperbelt is not me, the DC, PS; Copperbelt is everyone to
contribute. How can Copperbelt be beaten by Central Province
in mobilisation? I work 24/7, cabinet, Parliament and
Saturday I was here. I started off around 02:00 hours when
most of you were sleeping. Me I have powers to choose a
person I want to work with. Everyone here is to push,”

Lusambo said.

He directed the permanent secretary to distribute the PF
manifestoes in all government departments, saying “the PF is in
power and everyone needs to work in line with its manifesto”.

“…I want you PS to find PF manifestoes and give them; all HOD’s
here. I’m here because of PF so we need to push the PF agenda.
If we see you are not worthy, we will part ways,” said Lusambo