Q&A with a former Politian in Secret – Gloria Koko – Lusaka times
Today I met with a staff member in the government to ask their
thoughts of what is taking place in Zambia and President Sata’s
government. He or she would only speak if their identity would be
shielded and in this interview I refer only to them as MR.
GK: Tell me the first image that comes to mind when I say
MR: Fear… yes fear I am afraid of a police state.
MR: Read the news you are a journalist. The headlines “Sata
Chopping Heads” “Sata Firing” “Sata Accusing” There seem like
there is no due process only action to remove an arrest.
GK: Is Mr. Banda a criminal.
MR: What politician is not?
GK: A safe answer.
MR: In Tumfweko the former Vice president George Kunda stated he
fears a police state.
GK: You agree that the 90 days have been a disaster?
MR: Absolutely! President Sata has three approaches to government
Fire – Arrest – Replace. He has sacked good people in the
government and replaced with his people without questions.
GK: The mines?
MR: People claim abuse and nothing changes.
GK: The gold scandal?
MR: A deliberate act to destroy a good man’s reputation.
GK: Mr. Banda?
MR: No Dr Buzaianu.
Philanthropist Nicolae Buzaianu
GK: The Swiss Businessman Nicolae Buzaianu?
MR: I think President had bad information when he spoke about
those involved in the scandal.
GK: But the President did apologize.
GK: Speaking of apologies Mr. Kunda stated that President Sata
should apologize to the people of Zambia. Why?
MR: Mr. Kunda explained it, President Sata got elected on a claim
that he would straighten out Zambia’s troubles in 90 days. Where
is the change?
GK: Expecting change in 90 days is unrealistic, should we truly
hold him accountable.
MR: Yes, absolutely. Make no promises you cannot keep.
GK: Any parting words?
MR: Bob Marley, “Stand up for your right and don’t give up the
GK: A musical quote, my favorite.