We all go into govt to eat-Munkombwe

When swearing-in his ministers and permanent secretaries on tuesday, President Michael Sata ordered them to travel extensively instead of sitting in offices. This fits well with Mr. Munkombwe, Richwell Siamunene, Gabriel Namulambe, Stephen Masumba, and other senior government officials because they draw huge travel allowances for themselves, drivers, fuels, and entourage. Mr. Sata is possibly running the largest cabinet in Africa and since they have all been ordered to move, one wonders what resources will remain for service delivery.

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By Moses Kuwema

Newly-appointed Southern Province minister Daniel Munkombwe says he will continue serving in government even at the age of 90 as long as God gives him life and wisdom to explain and interpret things.

And Munkombwe says he has continued to serve in all governments because he is rated as an old useful man.

Meanwhile, Munkombwe says everybody is now adopting his philosophy of politics of benefits.

In an interview, Munkombwe said if he could convince people at 90 years, he would continue to offer his services.

“Since we cannot say who is dying when, because it is only God who determines when to take, it is not an individual. Those individuals who wish us ill may go earlier than us. It is wrong to wish or expect an old man to die earlier because those who wish others to die early may die early instead,” said 81-year-old Munkombwe when asked how long he intends to serve in government.

Asked if politics of benefits were at play following his appointment in government, Munkombwe responded: : “There is nobody who is not using my philosophy of politics of benefits. There is nobody who goes into parliament naked, we go to parliament because of allowances. There is no more patriotism. Patriotism was only there when we were fighting colonialists, so everybody is adopting my philosophy of politics of benefits. I know people will say Munkombwe has gone into government because he wants to eat but who does not want to eat?”

On Novermber 13, 2005, Munkombwe who was then Southern Province MMD chairman told the late Levy Mwanawasa in Mamba that politics of patriotism were over because what was at play then were politics of benefits.

Source: Post newspaper: Thursday, April, 2013

COMMENTS

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    zodiac 4 years

    OLD DANIEL IS BEING SINCERE. REMOVE ALL THE ALLOWANCES AND SEE HOW MANY WILL REMAIN IN CABINET, LET ALONE PARLIAMENT.

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    J.B 4 years

    Ôld Munkombwe has explained the reasons behind the defections that has rocked our country, and one thing is clear that someone is promising them heaven on earth for ditching their parties. Therefore no matter how we complain on miss use off tax payers money, nothing will be done.

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    shangalilwa 4 years

    Fellow Zambians, Munkombwe is being very fair to us coz he’s only saying waht every other politician does in Zambia. Apart from Super Ken, en by my standards Late Levy, which politician has a heart for the country today? Nobody. All go in there to eat en that’s what they are doing

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    Nshamonako 4 years

    BIG MISTAKE TO VOTE IN THESE PF – GONGAAAAAAAAAAS

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    this is the reason why in developed nations one must have a certain amount of money for them to qualify for certain positions.this man is supposed to be in government to represent the people espesially the under prevalaged voiceless and he has the guts to openly bost of being in govt to eat.where does he get the courage to speak so carelessly without any concious.to me it sounds like we are dealing with a canning oppotunist who can do anything for money even leak a rich mans vomit if it called for such,amazingly enough the PF find him useful,i really cant understand.my question is what do they want to use him for because to me he is just another finished rag unpopular even amoung his tribes mates.such an embarancement of a man

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    munkombwe u are encouraging stealing are u saying in those supreme time of yours you were not eating what kind of eating now IS NOT corruption shame oldies u are evening alerting young one, IN PF FIGHTING CORRUPITON MEANS EATING, THE OLD MUNKOMBWE KNOWS THE MEANING

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    ZAMBEZI EXPRESS 4 years

    The truth hurts but thats the whole truth nad nothing but the truth.NO ONE IS IN GOVT.TODAY BECAUSE OF PATRIOTISM.Tha’s the reason why Sata has a family forest.Kulya bebele!

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    oscar choza 4 years

    patriotism does not end.

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    et values 4 years

    Look at the Caliber of the PF ministers – Foolish statements, and tax payers are just listening

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    BAFANA BAFANA-ULTRAN TEX YOUTH 4 years

    THE FOOL TO REMEMBER AT LEAST IN THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY!

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    BAFANA BAFANA-ULTRAN TEX YOUTH 4 years

    HE IS SAYING EXACTLY WHAT HE DOES…MR SIKANYELA THE DAO OF CHOMA PAID HIM CATTLE TO HAVE THAT POSITION!

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    BAFANA BAFANA-ULTRAN TEX YOUTH 4 years

    TWALELWA AMUBWA ALIMWI KUMUSANZA !

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    BAFANA BAFANA-ULTRAN TEX YOUTH 4 years

    SHAME ! WE ARE STRUGGLING TO GET ANSWERS TO OUR ENDLESS POVERTY IN AFRICA AND THIS IDIOT JUST COMES OUT LIKE THAT.DONCHI KUBEBE MINISTERS WILL NEVER COME TO ANYTHING GOOD!CAREFUL BEMBAS THIS MAN WILL PUT HIS DCS VERY SOON … MR SIKANYELA -CHOMA DAO PAID HIM CATTLE TO BE WHERE HE IS AS DAO IN CHOMA…SAD TO DEVELOPMENT.THE IDIOT IS RIGHT BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT HE DOESS!

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    AT LEAST THE OLD MAN SAYS THE TRUTH, THAT MANY BOOTLICKERS HAVE FAILED TO COME OUT IN THE OPEN.

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    He must be fired at once if he really uttered those words. He has forgotten a ka DONCH KUBEBA already.

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    Leah Shati 4 years

    What irresponsible utterances from a senior citizen, shame on you Mr. Munkombwe.

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    KHUTA 4 years

    you see now what PF have brought for us!!!these people will end up bringing talibans in our country in the name of development

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    msana wanzili 4 years

    The only comforting thing a about all this is that he’s Tonga so tribalists with at least half a brain will pipe it down a bit for once. Please don’t disown the old man he’s one of you. I hope when he gets fired it won’t be because ‘ oh because he’s Tonga oh blah blah blah’. NOW, WHO IS THE MONKEY IN THE MAIZE FIELD, HUH. ?

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    Blago 4 years

    The current PF political culture is really a shame. By the time I Sata is done, Zambia will be 30 years backwards.

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    Mwana Wakwathu 4 years

    This is the most honesty politician Zambia has ever had. More especialy when you think of why many pipo are defecting to the ruling PF.

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      CHAMBOLI H5 KITWE 4 years

      HE IS JST AN OLD STUPID IDIOT.

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    dumbo 4 years

    People look at the people who were in power in 1964 they are the same people in power today.These guys were UNIP then MMD and are now PF.Mark my words Rupiah Banda will not go to jail,the ruling elite look after one another.

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    Crazymatrix 4 years

    An old man, but very useful fool. What are you telling Siulapwa and other useful fools…. Mr. Old Man?

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      Ukwa-Dead Bodies My Redbull 4 years

      Also include Cosmo Mumba. The useful idiot of the moment

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    Crazymatrix 4 years

    A very useful full.

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    when people are aged in employment they are retired by implication they are tired but why should we be ruled by old stupid useless munkombwe who is jst a casanover politian and has no direction in his life i even wonder if he has a farm becaose he is supose to be resting.

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    Howling Wofl 4 years

    What is the old man doing in that photo? Kissing the old lady on camera?

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    Ignorance 4 years

    Munkombwe is an honest old man, i can also engage him…………..

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    tripoli 4 years

    SAD

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    Mzee Hekima 4 years

    The old man may be right come to think of it what about all the opposition MPs who have accepted the positions in government as deputy ministers its is the same politics of benefits. Daniel i think you are right many are in politics not for patriotism but the belly.

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    Rubbish!

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    I think Munkombwe is right at least to our un principled politicians

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    Slu 4 years

    Its time African youths woke up from their slumber, imagine at 81 one is appointed to serve in Government! From the time I knew my grandfather Mr. Munkombwe, he has lived all his life in politics and I am really surprised to hear that he is going into government to eat. I am able to feed myself, but I am not employed by government and will still be able to feed and eat when government will create a space for me. Its time we enacted laws for our leaders, hence they really take us for granted. We vote for change not this cheap and mediocre talk from old men who only want to eat at the expense of development as evidenced by the statement by my grandfather “There is nobody who is not using my philosophy of politics of benefits. There is nobody who goes into parliament naked, we go to parliament because of allowances. There is no more patriotism. Patriotism was only there when we were fighting colonialists, so everybody is adopting my philosophy of politics of benefits. I know people will say Munkombwe has gone into government because he wants to eat but who does not want to eat?” That politics of patriotism were over because what was at play then were politics of benefits.

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    Slu 4 years

    Its time African youth woke up from their slumber, imagine at 81 one is appointed to serve in Government! From the time I knew my grandfather Mr. Munkombwe, he has lived all his life in politics and I am really surprised to hear that he is going into government to eat. I am able to feed myself, but I am not employed by government and will still be able to feed and eat when government will create a space for me. Its time we enacted laws for our leaders, hence they really take us for granted. We vote for change not this cheap and mediocre talk from old men who only want to eat at the expense of development as evidenced by the statement by my grandfather “There is nobody who is not using my philosophy of politics of benefits. There is nobody who goes into parliament naked, we go to parliament because of allowances. There is no more patriotism. Patriotism was only there when we were fighting colonialists, so everybody is adopting my philosophy of politics of benefits. I know people will say Munkombwe has gone into government because he wants to eat but who does not want to eat?” That politics of patriotism were over because what was at play then were politics of benefits.

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    PF cadre 4 years

    just asking will this ever do anything right?????????

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    man 4 years

    Is Munkombwe not right because sacrifice is for ordinary citizens and not politicians in govt?

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    Mr.President SATA should fire Munkombwe even on phone. Unless SATA agrees with Munkombwe he should fire this old man. How can Munkombwe reveal it openly like that. This is bullshit!!!

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    mj 4 years

    @advocate that shows how hate u v got on the big man…

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    Katiiti 4 years

    you are a let down sir, can you sort out the land issues in chief singani.The chies and some headmen are busy sharing land.Be a useful idiot on this one.

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    Advocate 4 years

    A typical example of a shameless reasonable old idiot of no value to society and not worthy missing even if dead.A confirmed live human garbage.