MMD is very petty, says Sata
By Patson Chilemba
Post newspaper, Wednesday February 20, 2008 [03:00]
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) president Michael Sata has said the MMD is very petty. And local government and housing minister Syliva Masebo yesterday urged Sata to grow up and start behaving like a man of his age. Reacting to Tetamashimba’s statement that if it was good for him to bar Dr Kenneth Kaunda then it must be good for him to also be barred from contesting the presidency, Sata yesterday said it was retrogressive that MMD was too pre-occupied with stopping him from contesting the presidency when there were a lot of pressing national issues that needed urgent attention.
Sata urged MMD not to hide their inefficiency in Dr Kaunda. He said MMD was desperately trying to bar him because they knew he would defeat them in the 2011 elections.
“Sata is not worth the K400 billion this MMD is spending bribing people at NCC just to include in the draft constitution barring Sata to stand in 2011 and beyond,” he said.
Sata claimed the constitution the MMD government was enacting will be a sham and not worth the paper it will be written on.
“It’s good they have made their intentions clearly and they are using NCC as a rubber stamp and every person attending NCC will be accountable to the Zambian people,” he said.
And Sata said Tetamashimba was not worthy to be minister or deputy because he has a very low IQ. He said Tetamashimba’s dullness had made it very difficult for President Levy Mwanawasa to promote him to the position of Cabinet minister. He said the only position that would suit Tetamashimba was that of councillor for Mufumbwe in North-Western Province.
“Kabinga Pande who joined politics later than him is a full Cabinet minister. Even Kenneth Konga who is also from North-Western Province is a full Cabinet minister,” he said.
And commenting on Sata’s allegation that she was using a government vehicle for campaigns in Kanyama, Masebo said Sata was an old man who was not ashamed to tell lies.
“I find his allegation to be very foolish. This old man thrives on lies and it looks like he wedded to lies because he cannot do anything without telling lies,” Masebo said. “That vehicle belongs to Sylvia Masebo and not the government. And it is not difficult for anyone to establish who owns what vehicle because records are there for anyone to see whether that is a government vehicle or not.
The problem is Sata wants to pretend that he knows too much when he knows nothing but misinformation. I used the same vehicle for campaigns during the 2006 election and you members of the press took pictures of it with loud speakers mounted on it. Now Sata should mislead the electorate in Kanyama that I am using a government vehicle. I am not that cheap. And Sata is complaining when I have the police as my bodyguards.
When he was local government minister, his driver was from the army and carrying an AK47 rifle. Now, don’t I need security and protection? As a man in that ministry, Sata had an armed driver from the army so is it wrong that as a woman in that ministry, I am being protected by police officers? It looks like he cannot do his politics without mentioning Masebo. Wherever Sata is, his topical is Masebo. What have I done against this old man? ”
Masebo called upon Sata to start behaving like a grown up who cherishes the truth as opposed to embracing and using lies as means of survival.
“ But he always behaves like a 12-year-old boy. I am only comforted by the fact that Zambia will never have a Sata for president,” said Masebo.