…. Like Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini
By Fulman Mukobeko
Former Deputy Minister in the Fredrick Chiluba regime Alfred Ndhlovu has branded President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini as political novices hence their poor judgment on serious political issues.
Speaking in an interview with Kitwe Times in Lusaka recently, Ndhlovu said both President Lungu and Dr Matibini are political amateurs and upstarts.
He said President Lungu is a beginner in politics as he did not participate in the re-introduction of multiparty politics in Zambia.
Ndhlovu who campaigned vigorously for President Lungu in the last elections said President Lungu’s name only popped-up in the Zambian political sphere when the PF won the 2011 elections.
He added that what pains him a lot is the fact that despite having no political experience, the Zambian leader is surrounded by political novices like Dr Matibini
“The problem we are facing is arising from the fact that President Lungu is not an experienced politician. Go and write that Ndhlovu said Lungu has no political experience. He was not there in 1990-91 when we were fighting for multiparty democracy in Zambia. The only attributes we know about him is that of being Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice President, Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Justice and now President of the Republic of Zambia. What is painful is that he is surrounded by men who lack political experience,” Ndhlovu lamented.
He added that it is political inexperienced that made the Head of State to sign a “fraud” people call national constitution.
Meanwhile, Ndhlovu said it was political naivety that caused the Speaker of the National Assembly to direct the Inspector General of Police and Director of Public Prosecution to investigate United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema following his remarks that he is a PF cadre.
The Former Deputy Minister argued that it is arbitrary for the Speaker to call for the investigation of Hichilema who is already facing incarceration.
“The position of speaker of the national assembly must be held by someone who has political experience. Dr Matibini has no such qualification. His background is law and not politics. Look, all the Speakers who have been there before him have had had political experience and only relinquished their party affiliation upon their election. Wisely Nyirenda, Robinson Nabulyato and Amuusa Mwanamwamba you can name them. They had political experience,” Ndhlovu stated, “We have a Speaker who is politically inexperience and this is why he is making poor judgments. Dr Matibini ordered the DPP and the IG to investigate Hichilema’s statement. How can someone who has been to school call for the investigations of someone who is already in incarceration?” Ndhlovu wondered