A strong opposition would have kicked us out – Sata

Zambia’s President Michael Sata has said a strong opposition could have kicked out his government because his Ministers and Members of Parliament have failed to explain programmes and achievements of his administration.

Speaking at State House on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 during a swearing-in ceremony of two cabinet Ministers, President charged that all his MPs and Ministers were too quite. He told them that there are luck that there is no strong opposition in Zambia. He swore in Mwansa Kapeya and Harry Kalaba as Ministers of Information and Lands respectively.

He said if the opposition was as strong as he was when in opposition his PF MPs would have been more responsive and proactive in explaining to the people on what government had done and doing to improve their lives.

President Sata who was so critical of government the 10 years he was in opposition, said if it was him the current administration could not have stood the pressure. He said his government has recorded a number of success in the last two years which MPs could have been explaining to the public.

The President wondered that despite providing Ministers and MPs all logistics for their work they have not lived upto his expectation. He said his Ministers have offices, transport and communication facilities but were failing to reach out.

But on Monday when addressing a joined Cabinet and Central Committee meeting, President Sata threatened to dissolve Parliament and prompt fresh elections accusing his Ministers of being too quite to respond to opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema who he says was pounding his government right, left and centre. He said the opposition leader was busy attacking government but Ministers were just quite.

“Who do you think will answer for you,” President Sata asked the Ministers.