Veteran politician Nasan Msoni has advised president Michael Sata and his PF to prioritize politics to benefit Zambians instead of engaging in fruitless and protracted pursuit of perceived political enemies real or imaginary .
Msoni told the Watchdog that insisting on lifting the immunity of former president Rupiah Banda is certainly not an immediate priority for most Zambians.
‘This government and its ministers should stop personalizing issues of president Banda and should instead focus its energies on fulfilling its campaign promises. It’s now over 16 months that the PF government has been in power and clearly there is nothing to show for it.’
He said Sata has lamentably failed to hold even something that looks like a press conference to help give the country direction let alone even taking questions from journalist during his regular infamous swearing ceremonies at state house.
‘We can only assume that the man has no answers but what is even shocking is his continued insistence on lifting president Banda’s immunity ,which however could be his own down fall as Rupiah Banda appears to have been vindicated going by the dismal and poor performance of his PF regime. The credibility of those accusing and intending to prosecute Rupiah of wrong doing are themselves known hypocrites. Nothing at this stage can take away the fact or eat at Rupiah’s current international standing and credibility as undisputed African statesman second only to Nelson Mandela and koffi Anani.
‘It’s obvious that reactionary elements within the PF government view the newly found firm and international acceptability and statesmanship of Rupiah as a source of political discomfort and threat thus by pursuing him with tramped-up charges and allegations of corruption they feel they can stop that by destroying his credibility and achievement at the earliest opportunity.’
Msoni said these visible petty and shallow jealousies should never be supported and bankrolled by using state resources under the guise of fighting corruption.
‘Truth be told the level of corruption and dodgy deals in the PF government is alarming as family cartels have emerged exploiting the infamous single sourcing at the very sensitive seat of government. It is therefore hypocrisy on the part of PF leaders in government to ignore the very corruption and crime they’re claiming to be fighting actually taking place right under their nose but rushing to dig the achieves for alleged past corruption allegations at great cost for purposes of a political witch-hunt.
‘This circus of pursuing individuals who have held the office of president for alleged corruption surly at some point must come to un end. It is now incumbent upon Zambians to reject this culture of impunity and vendetta as a norm from being perpetuated against our esteemed men and women who will have held this noble office from being destroyed by their successors.’