Official portrait of President Sata is echo from UNIP era

Dear Editor,

The government run Zambia Daily Mail newspaper of Thursday, January 2013 carried an advert from Cabinet Office concerning the official portrait of President Michael Sata

The general public is notified that, the official presidential portrait and cabinet chart have just been printed and are obtainable from ZANIS

The general public is further advised that it is a mandatory requirement to display the official portrait of President Michael Sata in all Public Places, Public Offices, Public Buildings, Government Buildings, Institutions of Learning, Health Centres and Hospitals

Is this a statutory requirement canonised in our Zambian constitution? And what purpose does it serve to the public

I personally consider this a waste of tax payers’ money and an echo form the now old-fashioned   “strong man, father of the nation” political dispensation reminiscent of African political leadership at independence whose over bloated ego only led to their eventual downfall

Daniel Njolomba

Nkana East, Kitwe

COMMENTS

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    That’s wonderful, I never dreamed about Nostradamus inside OR

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    with all this continued realigning of ministries and willfull hiring of people, howmany times are we going to have these cabinet charts printed and will that be at Ukwa or PF’s cost?

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    bigboy 5 years

    ok take it ease now

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    bigboy 5 years

    walya iwe

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    Panda 5 years

    Daniel Njolomba, you are just frustrated, you failed to fucntion as a Metallurgist at Nkana Smelter/Acid Plant. For over 20 years, you failed to make it past Plant Metallurgist level until KMM kicked you out!

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      bufi 5 years

      Your point is irrelevant and idiotic.

      How many things have you failed in life you tribalist. Stupid drunkard.

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    The thinker. 5 years

    Just send those portraits to govt departments and we will display them.if not then empty empty empty walls.

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    MSGE QUEEN 5 years

    IWE CHIKALA WERE DO YOU LIVE??

    THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE STARTING FROM KK, CHILUBA, MWANAWASA, RUPIAH BALYA & NOW HE MC SATA.ALL ZAMBIA PRESIDENTS EVRY SHOP THERE USED TO A PICTURE OF THE PRESIDENT & LISENCE OF TRADE. WHY HAS IT BECOME A PROBLEM DURING HE MC SATA???

    IN SCHOOLS, THE MINES, ETC THIS HAS BEEN THE CASE, SO FIND BETTER NEWS YOU FRUSTRATED IDIOTS!!!

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    London 5 years

    He goes to sleep on duty!

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    sata jnr 5 years

    zambians u are really dull.who doesn’t know that sata is the president?Do u know wat it means when they say mandetory?Ba pf mulelapila.I miss RB and the young first lady

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    Kina Nambota 5 years

    This issue was clearly clarified by the learned State Counsel, The Late George Kunda M.H.S.R.I.P. There is NO legal requirement for any one to display The Zambian President’s Portrait whether “official portrait” or just a portrait.
    Clearly the demand by the current administration, which is unprecedented is an indication of their lack of confidence in themselves. However, in conformity with tradition, there is no harm in displaying an elected Executive President’s portrait in public places/offices. it is a good reminder of ourselves and what we stand for. at every point in our history we deserve the leadership we have as we put them there regardless of our disappointments with their performance or our satisfication for that matter.

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    They Kingdom Come 5 years

    Action to be in public offices/buildings/places and NOT portraits. How can Cabinet Office say its MANDATORY when there is no legal back up? Towards the end of last National Assembly, Given Lubinda was assigned by Sata and PF to ask the Veep Kunda if it was a legal requirement to display portrait for President and Kunda said “NO” and that no one could be penalised for not doing so. These records are there at parliament. What has changed now??? Signs of dictatorship and back to UNIP era!

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    Waswa Meema 5 years

    Aaaah Bakwetu bantu, there is nothing wrong for a country displaying the potrait of its president. Take a drive from Kazungula through Botswana to South AFrica, check the other side, you will find Kharma’s potrait, further the other side you will find Zuma’s potrait everywhere. On this one lets be realistic even if we dont really like Sata.

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      Mutombu Kabunji 5 years

      Waswa Mema, my foot! shutup already,understand the topic b4 u bring in ur Contribution from kizhingezhinge.Why ar u chaps so dull just like Richard Taima. Go & remove ur Tutombela b4 i depot u to nkanyauna. Silly.

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      Shu Shu Shu 5 years

      Mudala, lets be original. Why should we always copy from others?

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    They are now making in mandatory for Zambians to be reminded of how they were duped. It just keeps getting worse …eh

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    Really, i dont see anything wrong in displaying the portrait of the sitting president in all public places. It has happened before to all our past presidents. it must not be blamed on anybody. Zambians we need to learn to be patriotic for our country. I know that in some quarters, they do not see anything good in the current leadership. In the past non of these newspapers saw anything wrong portraits being displayed in public places. The current president also deserves it. It is his time!

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      Mamen 5 years

      It was never mandatory. Only during Kaunda was it mandatory. Further more it has no legal backing and it is not synonymous with patriotism.

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    M.M. 5 years

    Well, it has always been done, but is it a necessity? Surely, that does not bring about the much needed development. How sure are we that now our Cabinet has reached stability? What more with the impending sacking of Lubinda, more could be coming? Tax payers’ money at work!

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    chachine 5 years

    can someone help here! does it mean sata’s portrait which is currently displayed in all public offices and some tuntembas is not official

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    Ulemu ni Wabwino 5 years

    There is nothing wrong with having a presidential portrait but the zeal to mount it by a given height is disgusting. Some govt offices are so small that this requirement will cannot work! They are ututemba offices!

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    Makuli 5 years

    You guys, how you waste tax payers time to read unnecessary blogs!

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    tonga bull 5 years

    Its not a strange thing to have a presidential portrait neither is it waste of tax payers’ money. All nations do this. Some of these anti-PF sentiments are retrogressive. Pick a leaf frm the whites who always want the best for their nations. There is no need to portray zambia like we are under political siege just because Sata has made some mistakes. Let’s just correct the mess.

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      concernedcitizen 5 years

      what do you mean by all nations? are all nations poor like Zambia?
      Is it an excuse to do wrong just because another country is doing it?
      Do we always have to copy the worst? calculate how much money will go into printing that ugly face? Mr Sata is wasting his little energy on agendas that will take Zambia no where, by now he should realize that the grave yard is calling louder more than ever instead of him repenting his decided to be led astray by selfish men like Kenneth Kaunda who were caught pants down in 1991. Mr sata had a chance to be great but now his cemented his fate in the history of Zambia as the most brutal, oppressive and uneducated president. Sata you may succeed in taking us backwards but one day we will move forward, you are just a man not a GOD.

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        faith 5 years

        Imisula ka kolwe ne chipato we buta mputi lya mupamba niwe uletuka ba wiso naba wisokulu, wafyelwefye ku chinama teku muntu we chiwelewele we. Like it or not ba Sata baleteeka, is loved by millions if not by you idiot and deserves respect just like any other President we have had so have a life, fool!

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    karlos the jackel 5 years

    Someone explain to me the rational of displaying the presidents picture every where! Who in zambia doent know who MCS is? Does it mean that if sumthing is done in another country,then it shud apply here tooo? Y not revisit the public order act,reduce fuel prices,etc,etc,since these issues are well managed in other countries? Bottom line is we have our priorities wrong! Take 4 instance the presidents meeting yesterday with the millers! Was really that the best solution to achieve the desired outcome? RB and his predecessors managed to provide m/meal at affordable price without selling millers subsidised maize. So wat economic factors have changed now and wat guarantee does the presido have that the stipulated prices agreed with the millers will be same.

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    That cabinet chart will have to be changed every two weeks….a lot of tax money into printing and reprinting.

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    Triangle 5 years

    Yaba another post from a dull blogger. Next

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    katuta katuta 5 years

    Mr. Sata is our President of our great nation. I dont always agree with what he does or says but the truth remains he is the president. The sooner you accept it the better. His picture WILL be in all the buildings just like the past presidents.

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    kampyongo 5 years

    cheap criticism!!

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    Kelvin Chulu 5 years

    EVEN SMALL LODGES PUT UP PORTRAITS OF THE OWNERS OF THE LODGES OR HOTELS SO WHY CANT WE PUT UP ONE HONESTLY FOR THE PRESIDENT. LETS NOT JUST BLOG FOR THE SAKE OF IT. THATS WHY SOMETIMES DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE LIKE ARE NOT MEANT FOR US AFRICANS. ITS ALIEN

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    double tobela 5 years

    we want a press conference so that he could answer burning questions and not portraits

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    Kelvin Chulu 5 years

    SOMETIMES I BLEED TO READ WHAT ZAMBIANS BLOGGERS POST. IS IT THAT WE ARE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND SPEECH HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ILLITERATES OF FOOLS I NEED PEOPLE’S CONTRIBUTION. THE STATE HAS SAID ALL PUBLIC PLACE MUST HAVE AN OFFICIAL PORTRAIT OF THE PRESIDENT, IS THIS AN ISSUE TO PUT SCORN ON THE HEAD OF STATE HONESTLY? PLEASE SOMETIMES LETS BE OBJECTIVE NOT JUST PARROTING LIKE HEADLESS CHICKENS. IF SOME HOTELS AND LODGES CAN HAVE A PORTRAIT OF THE OWNER LIKE ALL CROSSROADS LODGES WHY CANT WE PUT UP ONE FOR THE PRESIDENT?

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      John B 5 years

      Iwe, put it in your house (including the toilet) if you want

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    Iwe comment

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    Mr Njolomba sure sure what is wrong with you.Is it a harsal to have the president’s portrait in public office.I agree with “CHIKU”

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      John B 5 years

      Is it a harsal? What sort of English is that?

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    DIASPORA 5 years

    UNLESS YOU HAVENT MOVED THATS A TREND WORLD OVER MY BROTHER POTRAIT OF THE HEAD OF STATE IS DISPLAYED IN ALL PUBLIC AND PPRIVATE INSTITUTIONS ZAMBIA INCLUSIVE NO DEBATE ABOUT IT

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      Mundia 5 years

      Yes it is a common phenomenon world over but not mandatory. Tell me which county it is mandatory to have the potrait of the head of state displayed in public places, public Offices, public buildings, government buildings, institutions of Learning, etc.? Since it is mandatory very soon people will be arrested for not displaying Sata’s potrait. These are doings of dictators.

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      CHARLES 5 years

      You are a lier,dont say world over,i leave in the diaspora too but have not seen David Cameroon’s potrait every where you go as you put it.Dont cheat people.

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        Ati diaspora:is camerun a president,muleika fye

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          Mamen 5 years

          He is the British leader. I lived in the USA and never saw the nonsense you seem to support.

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      KumalilaNgoma 5 years

      Moved Everywhere you mean Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe GO Further mambala!!!!!!!!!

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    Bad manners,exit is coming to your door step come 2016. watch out!………….

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    BBC 2 5 years

    We are in for it ….. Lets wait and see, more is yet 2 come.

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    DIASPORA 5 years

    NOTHING WRONG WORLD OVER THATS THE TREND MY BROTHER IN OTHER COUNTRIES YOU CANT CARRY OUT A RECOGNISED BUISNESS WITHOUT THE POTRAIT OF THE HEAD OF STATE BUT SUFFICE TO MENTION THAT IT SHOULD NOT BE MANDATORY IN THIS STUATION

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    One thing me writer, did you make any submissions to the constitution making process if so was this one of them? if not bululu shut that ass-up

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    It is a good idea, guys if u have gone outside Zambia you will agree with me, potraits of the head of state are found almost in all public places including bars. Come to kenya a see what am tolking about.

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      Kunda 5 years

      I have worked in Kenya at Moi University but it not mandotory to display the head of state’s potrait. Do not cheat people!

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        mwamba mutale 5 years

        Walekolopa ifimpusu.if you were working in the offices you would have seen the portrates

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          Thanx ba mutala, that ba kunda ours was not anywhere near nairobi maybe was in masabiti, coz if he had entered any public place in the city he could have the potrait of the president.

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    Please!!!! Next topic.
    Non-topic this one.

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    Rubish.Who will remain on that cabinet chart after 90 days.Reshufles reshuffles! Is Lubinda appearing on that chart?

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    Zambian Zambian 5 years

    Daniel i agree with you,that’s so yesterday this is 2013 we don’t need that kind of do it now imperialist mentality.

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    Nothing wrong he is our president and man of ACTION