2013 budget another set of lies, MMD won’t pass it, says Nevers Mumba


Nevers Mumba campaigning in Mufumbwe

With all the 90 day PF promises abandoned, it is now official that President Sata and the PF are liars and the 2013 budget is another set of lies, says MMD leader Nevers Mumba.

Commenting on the 2013 budget, Mumba said telling lies is the PFs new brand name.  He said they lied to Zambians to provide certain goods and services within 90 days in exchange for power to govern.

‘The Zambians delivered on the transaction, but the President and the PF abrogated their side of the deal.  They are now governing by deceit, and can only remain in power if the Zambian people choose not to take class action through the courts of law against the PF for assuming power through deceptive means, and false pretence, Mumba said on Tuesday.

‘We therefore, can only analyse their 2013 budget in view of who they are.  If they lied their way to State House, is this budget another set of lies meant to keep them in office?

The MMD through party president Mumba said the structure of the Budget has not changed.

Mumba said regardless of all the attempts made by the PF at distancing itself from the MMD legacy, even the pronouncement that this (2013) is the first PF budget are all just typical dishonest talk and claims by the PF.

‘First, the structure of the Budget has not changed, it is exactly the structure that the MMD has been using in the last few years necessitated by the allocation pattern set by the fifth National development Plan, the Sixth National development Plan and the Vision 2030. The Macro Economic parameters are exactly the same (These are not the parameters that the PF were indicating would be the case once they come into government),’ he said.

‘Secondly,’ said Mumba, ‘the trajectory of budget allocation to the key social sector of Health and Education are identical to the direction the MMD has been taking in the last few budget. Robust and greater allocation to these sectors both in terms of absolute figures on an annualized basis as well as a greater portion as percentage of both GDP and total budget allocation.

‘Thirdly, same trajectory in terms of greater allocations towards the economic sectors such as general Infrastructure, tourism, energy, roads and rail.

‘All these are key pillars of the MMD policy which the PF gave the impression they would either change or dramatically accelerate.  None of this has happened. Instead a worrying trend to make the free market less attractive and to discourage innovation and investment by taking away tax incentives which almost everyone in the regions gives- Maybe with the exception of Zimbabwe

Mumba said there is a dangerous attempt in the 2013 budget presentation to erase the budget implementation of the PF for the last 365 days  beginning from the time they took office and even disavowing their own budget as presented in 2011.

He said the 2012 budget was a budget read and presented by a PF Minister of Finance and the assumption is that a Cabinet meeting was held and they took ownership whatever ideas that may have originated from the MMD. If they have failed to implement them, they should just say so rather than attempting to do away with 365 days when they promised results in 90 days.

He explained that a typical example is in relation to JOB creation which was the most significant promise.

‘In the 2013 budget, there is absolute no reference as to the number of jobs created in 2012. A million jobs were promised in five years and no indication of 200,000 jobs in 2012. So how do we believe that they will create 200,000 Jobs in 2013?

‘Then, this reference to 550 000 jobs in this or that sector with the next four to five years is deceptive and tantamount to giving themselves an extra year which has not been given to them by an electoral mandate. There are only four more years left and one year which has not been accounted for in terms of Job creation, has already been spent. Zambians should be careful to watch this scheme with great concern,’ he said.

Mumba observed that in accordance to the PF talk, the most important sector for creating jobs and putting more money in people’s pockets is the Agriculture sector and tourism sector.

But he observed that the actual allocation to these sectors, the amounts provided for are dismal and therefore create a disproportionate relationship between the promise and the actual allocation.  He said the agriculture sector and the Tourism sector, from the perspective of budget allocation, does not indicate prioritization.

‘In fact, in as far as agriculture goes, the amount provided does not even purchase a third of the Maize crop. This means that farmers should next year be prepared to sell their produce to brief case business men. This has its own implications. There is no plausible explanation as to how the Agriculture sector and the tourism sector will produce an estimated 700,000 jobs. The jobs figures clearly were put in as an afterthought,‘ he said.

Mumba explained that budget is tool for implementing long term policy, strategy and programmes which are based on your planning framework

But, he said ‘from the budget address, we were told that an industrial policy will be introduced in 2013 which will explain how a million jobs will be created. The only problem with this is that, the budget to reflect this policy framework will only be realistically possible in the 2014 budget. A budget follows a policy framework.

‘ It is not possible to have a policy framework fit the allocated resources. It means it is an afterthought. If the PF were serious about an industrial policy, and taking into consideration two facts (trying to disavow the 2012 budget as not being their own and their 90 day promise) all effort should have been made to present the JOBS Bill or an Industrial policy or an Investment policy, in 2012 so that it can be effectively cost-ed in the 2013 budget. The fact that this has not been done indicates that they are having trouble framing a convincing and workable industrial policy different from the MMD with key Macroeconomic parameters differing from those held by the last 12 years of MMD growth. They said their policy framework would be different. More than a year later, the second PF budget is still on the basis of MMD unadjusted planning instruments; a direction which they condemned.  This is a total failure in policy direction by the PF and hence a big minus in the 2013 budget process.’

Mumba further observed that even if one assumes that a budget is well prepared, the effectiveness and usefulness is in the implementation of it. If the structure, the Ideas and the parameters set in a budget are yours and one takes full ownership, the chances of effective implementation are very high.

‘However, if ideas are not yours and no responsibility is taken, the chances of effective implementation are very poor. This is the reason there is an attempt to erase the implementation record of 2012 and this is the reason that the 2013 budget is most likely to fail. For the same reasons the 2012 budget is disavowed, the same reasons cam be used for the 2013 budget. No new industrial policy, no jobs bill, just MMD raised money and infrastructure plans as designed by the MMD. No ownership, hence poor chance of success,’ he said.

Mumba concluded by stating that this is not the first time PF is promising the Zambian people millions of jobs.

‘In this case a million jobs within the next four years.  By repeating this promise, the President is hanging himself twice.  The question is why?, he asked.

‘I wish to prove that this is another lie meant to keep Zambians hoping that some miracle will happen, ‘ Mumba said.

He said that the largest category of people in our country today are the youth, who also happen to suffer the most from lack of employment.  Contrary to their expectations the 2013 budget lacks any substance at all regarding how jobs will be created. In the budget, the PF claims they will create at least a million jobs during their first term in office and that in 2013 another 200, 000 new jobs will be created. Agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and construction are expected to create these jobs. ‘Sadly, no credible plan has been outlined on how this will come about. We are therefore left with no choice but to conclude that the number of jobs the PF claim they will create as per budget speech was a mere afterthought which they had to insert in the speech so as to appear to be doing something about job creation,’ said Mumba.

He said the MMD is of the view that the PF government is on a war path to oppress, victimize and compromise the values of democracy for which Zambians fought for in 1991.

The ban on holding political rallies, the assault on democracy by buying off MP’s from the opposition and the abuse of the police in fixing political opponents demands that we take a position meant to resolve these disputes.

He said it is in this light that we have advanced our argument that we shall not be willing to participate in the passing of this budget unless these governance issues are dealt with.

‘ We are also convinced that the constituency development fund should be increased to K5 billion in order to make this budget truly pro poor,’ concluded Mumba.

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49 Responses to "2013 budget another set of lies, MMD won’t pass it, says Nevers Mumba"

  1. The Observer   October 26, 2012 at 06:09

    Then let’s stop voting for Presidents/Governments and allow Civil servants to lead us. Don’t decieve yourself my friend, we are not all as ignorant as u think. Please.

  2. Eston Shiyenge   October 25, 2012 at 07:09

    Nevers Mumba and MMD think that they are going to be very popular for shooting down the Budget, they are wasting peoples time and money. The truth of the matter is that MMD will never ever again come back into power. The buget is not for PF but the nation. This is simple logic which they are failing to reason. The opposition are so dull. They are getting allowances but they don’t want to work. Let them quit because they are all becoming useless. They are delaying development in the wake of opposing PF.

  3. makali one   October 24, 2012 at 07:14

    Nevers Mumba, hilcrest sec school – Failed, CPC instrumentation artisan course- failed, God vocational call failed, Political Party making then running failed and now mmd running signs are very poor sherpard MMD this dull fella will finish off what was left of your party,

    • Kwathu   October 24, 2012 at 12:36

      My friend, I think you cant just understand Nevers Mumba’s analysis. His language is so much above your head and then the only thing you can do is insult him. Its unfortunate.

      • Bauze Zonse   October 24, 2012 at 19:43


  4. sauzande muchinga   October 24, 2012 at 07:10

    Nevers you are the next president of this beautiful country and God is on your side to fulfil the promise given to Zambia. God had to accept the choice taken by Zambians during 2011 election so that they test the bitter pill of their own. You became MMD’s president not by chance but by divine so that you could contest and win the 2016 presidential election.

    I know some bloggers have already talked shit about you.However if bloggers will continue writing negative comments against you little do they know that they are provoking God more and more. God is now preparing to give you extra anointing and bless you abundantly. Stay on course and continue the way you are articulating issues. You are in your own class by divine and you are our Joseph to reveal the Zambian dream. You came out of the pit and you are now in Potiphar’s house were you are being called names and you are very close to the throne. Remain disciplined and continue obeying God.

  5. Pesonde   October 24, 2012 at 07:01

    Why r u calling Nevers an Idiot for speaking the truth? You r big fools yourselves infact big Idiots. Sata is bound to fail let me just say has failed drastically please learn to read between the lines. Wat r u gonna earn in supporting liers, idiots full of deceit, womanizers, political thiefs, pretenders…I think Nevers is right we should turn to the courts of law and chalenge the legallity of this parthetic fools governance.

  6. THE SAINT   October 24, 2012 at 06:28

    Well argued.
    Very well argued.
    Very, very well argued.

  7. mmk   October 24, 2012 at 05:31

    go on nevers. don’t listen to failures.

  8. mammule   October 23, 2012 at 20:27

    mr nevers tel the pipo what mmd is going 2 do for mufumbwe people not just attacking the pf.

  9. ZSBS   October 23, 2012 at 19:35

    Technocrats does not formulate policies, the party in power give policy direction, the technocrats refine and implement these policies.

    • Kopala Swagg   October 23, 2012 at 23:23

      Mwebe boi..

  10. Zvee   October 23, 2012 at 19:13

    ANEVERS MUMBA NI AKAWALALA. He is a lier who run away from his party. CHENJELANI AZAKUBELANI. Any change from PF vote for HH or Milupi

  11. Peter   October 23, 2012 at 19:08

    My advice to u,,learn to read btwn lines.wat President Munba has done is to analyse the specific few sectors in a mature and civil manner.
    If u think u have a better understanding regarding the budget here is wat u do if u are sensible…present your own analysis here!
    Ifyabwatabwatafye tefyo bane,we are talking serious issues and wat u do is just to ice-cold noise.
    Aweeee!kwateniko isukulu!

  12. Roby fast   October 23, 2012 at 18:33

    Who is this nevs mumba? Now I belive is an idiot,even were PF has done well he critises. Let the charp grow.

  13. chilufya CJ   October 23, 2012 at 17:55

    Our Zambian MPs must grow walking out does not show leadership,we do not have leaders in Zambia who have Zambia AT HEART,our school boys looks more leaders than our MPs next time we must know our MPs are.

  14. ZERO IN   October 23, 2012 at 16:30


  15. ZERO IN   October 23, 2012 at 16:28

    watchdog what a powerful news team that you have continues and welldone.

  16. andyzim   October 23, 2012 at 16:07

    Disolve Parliament so that new MPS can debate the Budget.

  17. Our Dear Leader Sata   October 23, 2012 at 15:32

    Sorry Pastor Mumba but you are an idiot….

  18. umuntu   October 23, 2012 at 15:06

    Seriously speaking, Nevers says that the PF has copied the budget (interms of presentation and allocation) from MMD, If this is the case, then why reject a budget which is MMD carbon copy? This doesn’t make sense. The budget must be argured within the context of its content. If we they delay passing the budget, its the people of Zambia who will suffer, medicine will not be available for people in hospitals as well as several other things. The budget must not be used as a tool to settle scores!!!! This is lack of direction indeed!!!!!

    • The Observer   October 26, 2012 at 06:03

      If you did indeed understand the critique, it was that the budget supports the policy. What the current government has done is copy and paste previous structure, whila attempting to add specific PF agenda as an after thought, thus making it less likely to achieve the required result. PF won by announcing promises, and they are trying to use a budget to deliver particular promises, but truth is that MMD policies were set and geared towards achieving goals through to 2030.

      The PF are mixing and matching, and as such it is not infact the “same” budget.

  19. kanchule mano   October 23, 2012 at 14:53

    May i conquer with town dweller. The man abandoned his flock as well as his party called……..shit i have even forgotten.Do you think he will lead a party bigger than his abandoned party, come on guys. The Bible has a story about talents,even small responsibilities will strengthen you for bigger ones. Now if you can’t manage a squard, can you manage a platoon.

    Please go back to the kirk.

  20. Maano   October 23, 2012 at 14:46

    Pathetic Failures!

  21. blackbull   October 23, 2012 at 14:19

    if you kill by the sward then you will die by the same pf came into power by lies and they want to continue lying its not possible they must go, go ,go with their lies.

  22. com   October 23, 2012 at 14:04

    Hahaha you wont pass the budget

  23. Mo taim   October 23, 2012 at 13:55

    This man Nevers has lost it.High time he went back to the pulpit.

  24. Cobra Deadly   October 23, 2012 at 13:54

    why have u stoped getting my comments

  25. Mpangula Mputyu   October 23, 2012 at 13:40

    Sata calls opposition to work together with the Govt., but in the nite scheminmg to unseat them.
    Shameless Old man

  26. Bob   October 23, 2012 at 13:18

    Nevers has just done a basic comparison and trend analysis of the budget and has spoken what he has observed. Why demonise him as if what he has said is not true?

    • Pankolobwato   October 23, 2012 at 13:28

      Meanwhile, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung resident Director Heiner Naumann has advised the Patriotic Front government to look at international benchmarks and analyze the country’s revenue potential.
      Mr. Naumann says it is surprising to note that half of the country’s budget for next year will be financed by employees in the formal sector through the pay as you earn (PAYE) whereas the corporate tax and VAT will contribute only 25 percent to the budget.
      Mr. Naumann says after comparing with other African countries in the region, Zambia’s income tax seems to be very high.

      • Mubanga   October 23, 2012 at 18:22

        Thanks for this posting!
        PF is really exploiting the formal sector!

  27. Cozmocowjr   October 23, 2012 at 13:14

    You people, why do you forget so easily? You have already forgoten that Sata did promise tha he’ll dissolve parliament if you continue shooting down progresive bills. I wonder how many seats MMD will remain with. Eastern,Muchinga and all the Northen MMD seats ‘ll be taken by PF. My advice to MMD MPs is that you’ll be left in the cold by Mumba. As for Father Pornograiris he stand on the UPND ticket.

  28. Pankolobwato   October 23, 2012 at 13:01

    MPs must walk out and a call for FRESH ELECTIONS sanctioned. we want general elections in 2013 and pf must resign.

  29. Twali Mwebele   October 23, 2012 at 13:00

    Please bloggers, take time to analyse the gist of the matter at hand. You keep going backwards even on important matters like this one. The man has some important observations which need intellectual reactions. l’m now left without option but to believe that some posts are from PF ministers.

    • Pankolobwato   October 23, 2012 at 13:03

      It must be that minister caught browsing the ZWD on his ipad.

    • ZSBS   October 23, 2012 at 19:29

      This article is not for leasy people, but for great thinkers. The man has pin pointed specific issues which this budget was supose to respond to in BLACK AND WHITE, this budget hs no answer for imployment. No road map for imployment and serious development, please!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. ZERO IN   October 23, 2012 at 12:26


  31. Town dweller   October 23, 2012 at 12:11

    LPM:’I have a position for yuuu aaas aaaa a viceee presidentii’

    Nevers: Yes sir thankyou I will take it yaaaaa

    Nevers addressing his party members

    As you all are aware from the press, I have been offered a position as the vice president of Zambia which is a very big position I can not deny.Let us all go back home,our party has disbanded as the sole duty it was formed for as a pseudo party to lobby for a job for me has been accomplished.Goodbye and good luck.Natotela pabwafulisho ubu

    Cadres: grrrrrr@#$%%%

  32. Muzachiona   October 23, 2012 at 11:59

    You are also a liar just like your PF friends. All you are interested in is MONEY.

    • Ibu   October 23, 2012 at 12:17

      Just like sata who lied to the people and ended up being the beneficiary of the ‘more money’ saga. But sata is the greatest of all.

    • Kapotwe Tugiligili   October 23, 2012 at 12:44

      Justify what you are saying muzachiona bukala bobe

      • Muzachiona   October 23, 2012 at 13:32

        I don’t need to justify anything just read what Nevers is saying! He is calling PF liars but as for me am calling them both LIARS. Naiwewine!

  33. mulenga chanda   October 23, 2012 at 11:54

    Let all political parties stand up by give advise to the goverment were they are wrong in order to emprove the econome of the country

    • Ibu   October 23, 2012 at 12:43

      Advise yes but pf chooses which person to advise from. More over sata has never taken anything HH or Nevers has offered. To him (sata), getting advise from these will be like compromising. What he and his ministers only know is to call the two gentlemen BITTER.

  34. ZK   October 23, 2012 at 11:52


  35. henry   October 23, 2012 at 11:39

    Nvers Mumba himself abandoned the call of God for silver and God.God is watching all of us for our actions including pastor Nevers Mumba.

    • Ibu   October 23, 2012 at 12:19

      ‘Silver and God or gold?’ Take your time when writing posts.

    • Kapotwe Tugiligili   October 23, 2012 at 12:43

      henry bukala bobe pabufi wabepa