By Major Francis Kamanga (rtd)
I have had sight of the editorials (comments) on the appointment of Service Chiefs by the current Commander-In-Chief.
It made very interesting reading indeed. I totally agree with these gentlemen with a pinch of salt, of cause. I served under Gen. M. Masheke when he was Army Commander. We had our good and bad times, perfectly normal. It is true that when The Commander-In-Chief puts anything in the public media it is down graded to non restricted matter thereforre anybody can read and comment on it anywhere for that matter. Gen Masheke must have been quoted out of context if I may be allowed to assume. Its important for Gen. Masheke to engage his brain first before he puts his mouth in gear.
The President has a number of factors to consider before appointing anyone to such highly sensitive positions. And when he does the relevant security wings have made a thorough search. We therefore should think twice before we make these running commentaries. I am mindful of the fact that these gentlemen were merely expressing their constitutional right to comment on very important national issues.
Would I be wrong to insinuate that these are very senior retired “Generals” (you will soon find out why I have put the ranks in inverted comers). My F…n’ foot for f…k sake. HOW MUCH SERVICE AND WHAT COURSES DID THEY DO. DID THEY SERVE BEFORE THEY WERE PROMOTED TO THE GENERALS RANKS? HOW WELL COOKED WERE THEY TO MERIT THE RAPID RISE? AS FOR GEN. M MASHEKE, DID YOU SERVE AS A MAJOR GENERAL? THEY WERE TRAINED IN THE UK WHERE THE AMOUNT OF SERVICE YOU PUT IN HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOUR NEXT RANK.
I KNOW TOO WELL THAT A LT. COLONEL DOES JUMP THE RANK OF COLONEL FOR THE SIMPLE REASON TO THAT OF BRIG. GEN. ARE COMMAND RANKS AND THE OTHER IS USUALLY FOR THOSE GOING INTO ADMINISTRATION. All this is for the appointing Authority.
Whether we should call the Appointing Authority names or not is debatable. If you may allow me Bwana Editor:-
General M. Masheke.
I would like him to answer the following questions.
1. WHERE DID YOU TRAIN AS AN OFFICER CADET?
2. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST RANK 2Lt or LT? (PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY?
3. WHICH UNITS DID YOU SERVE IN? (ADMIN.OR FIGHTING UNITS)
4. HOW MANY YEARS DID YOU SERVE IN THESE POSITIONS?
5 DID YOU COMMAND ANY FIGHTING UNIT AT ALL? LET ALONE WHICH OPERATIONS AND AREAS DID YOU GO TO IN YOUR TIME?
6. HOW MANY YEARS SERVICE DID YOU PUT IN WHEN YOU WERE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER GENERAL?
7. WAS THERE ANY MEDIA COMMENT FROM FORMER SERVICE PERSONNEL?
8. FROM PLATOON COMMANDER TO YOUR GENERALSHIP WHAT COURSES DID YOU ATTEND AND WHERE? (I KNOW YOU WERE A KAMUCHEKA SO NOT THOSE COURSES BUT THOSE THAT COMMAND PERSONNEL HAVE TO UNDER GO)
Gen M Masheke will agree with himself first then me that he was just too raw to have been promoted to those ranks and he was not trained enough to take up the appointments. If he can question HE R. B. Banda’s actions should I also question Dr. K. D. Kaunda’s actions? No,No, No, No, No.
In his time we saw the Zambia Army go down in its history (TO THE DOGS). e.g.
1. Promotion Examinations disappeared.
2. Quartermaster Commissioned Officers (Q. Commissions) went past Majors ranks (some to Colonel others Lt. Colonels and they commanded infantry Units). Those of us who were there in the system know what a disaster we went through.
2. You my fellow countrymen and women can you please rewind, in whose time did you see day in day out Soldiers in torn combat uniforms wearing PATA-PATAS in town and everywhere.
3. Tribalism was rife 40-50% of Officers who went for training abroad were his tribesmen.
4. In 1982/3 a good number of Officer Cadets were put on Cease Training pending dismissal for being found wanting/indiscilplined, they were re-instated a few days before Pass Out Day, his young brother was one of them, MHSRIP, am sure he has turned in his grave.
5. He may deliberately chose not to remember no one dared say anything list you were fired, even those who were thought of “he wanted to say…..” he was called GEN. ZOZI ARE ZOZE ME AM ANAZA.
General M. Masheke was head of Military Intelligence then Army Commander he knows how and why he recommended Brig. General G. Miyanda for retirement at a time many of us saw G Miyanda as a potential Officer and indeed he was. Am sure Ba Miyanda didn’t mean to support MM but for political reasons.
For those of you who are aspiring for the presidency please be mind full of your comments sooner or later you will be caught up in this web.
My brothers and sisters where was the IG during the CHAWAMA BYE ELECTIONS in 2001 WHEN Hon Samukonga was campaign and was later dully elected MP for that Constituency, when bus loads of MMD Carders were off loaded in Chawama and FDD cardes were matcheted? Has anyone been prosecuted to date? Who commandeered those youths into Chawama smoking? What was he in the system?
Let us start a new chapter not to remind each other of our wrong doings.
How many Rhodesian former Seller Scouts, Army Personnel, The Smith team are being prosecuted today for war crimes or crimes against humanity? None at all. The players are quiet eating Zimbabwe’s wealth in the mean time we are at each others throats.
G K M WHERE & what were you when state secrets were being shown on TV? Why didn’t you resign at list to save your face?
I congratulate those who have been promoted and appointed you have gotten there with the training and experience required of you. Which ZOZI ARE ZOZI didn’t have at all. Please save the country deligently and prepare for your exit from now on. When the new team comes in they too will appoint, promote and above all there own men and women they see to have the loyalty to them first and foremost whether from the dead, retirement or within the serving rank and file. I implore you to learn to go walking buy news papers, go shopping kapenta at Soweto Market. Learn to Que in Shoprite, the Banks, take a Bus ride to your homes, go spend days and nights at your home villages and be a Soldiers Soldier. You know where you have come from and the distance you have covered.
KAPOLO SAKWIYA AKAKWIYA ADZADYANJI ANZANGA.
The author, Maj. Francis K. K. kamanga (Rtd),
is Former MP for Lumezi Constituency.
Served in The Zambia Army DEC. 1972 to Apr. 2003.
Member of Parliament Lumezi 1996 to 2001,
One of the 22 MPs expelled by the MMD in 2001