Government Officials Must Be Prohibited From Accepting Gifts

By Prince Invoice M. Kaping’a Political/Social Analyst

Easter weekend was ablaze with information of International Affairs Minister Stanley Kakubo visiting Sinoma Cement with a view to “ordering pockets of cement and premix cement,” as he places it on his Fb web page, whereby some unscrupulous people surreptitiously zoomed in on him and took images of him and offloaded the identical on social media.

This instantly elicited a backlash from plenty of people, for or in opposition to:

“Hon. minister; you shouldn’t be informal, cease visiting these corporations, you can also make an order with a cellphone name, or you may have despatched your venture supervisor,” Shadrick Malulu, an expatriate UPND sympathizer primarily based in South Africa weighed in. “You would have refused the present too.”

A Kitwe primarily based ward councilor, Davies Kasengele had this to say, “You went for a mission which the Chinese language weren’t joyful about; and for them to cease you from persevering with troubling them, they set a lure of cameras in order that after this strain, they shouldn’t be internet hosting you once more.”

“How small was the calendar to slot in a small bag?” puzzled Thomas Sipalo, a distinguished comic. “If there have been no pics concerned, have been you continue to going to elucidate to the plenty what you’ve defined?”

Because the minister endured such relentless bashing, there have been nonetheless some people that instantly sprung to his protection.

“Olo wenze na briefcase, ask them ni briefcase yanyoko,”Matomola Likwanya, a senior UPND provincial official puzzled.

Hilda Mutanuka additional suggested the minister as follows; “Sir, cease proving your level. Persons are nonetheless gonna say what fits them; it’s no completely different from the particular person throwing stone at a barking canine!”

One might argue that persons are entitled to their very own opinions in a democracy however it’s after all value contemplating the intense questions that Democratic Celebration chief Harry Kalaba who served as International Affairs minister for 4 years raised. He quips, “It’s unprecedented for a Minister of International Affairs to work together with an envoy exterior his workplace alone. It’s beneath his workplace. And the minister ought to give a greater clarification than the one he has given.”

He goes on to ponder:

  1. How was the Minister shopping for cement on a vacation?
  2. Why ought to an organization give a calendar to the Minister in mid-April?
  3. Why ought to the Ambassador meet the Minister when he was doing personal errands?

Gears Initiative Zambia Govt Director, McDonald Chipenzi appears to sum all of it when he weighs in and advises ministers within the new daybreak authorities to keep away from conditions that compromise President Hakainde Hichilema’s stance on the struggle in opposition to corruption.

In fact, Hon. Kakubo strikes us as a good fellow who can’t even harm a fry. It’s a pity he discovered himself in such a state of affairs as there wasn’t something seemingly untoward about the identical. To keep away from such conditions in future, we must always merely enact a regulation prohibiting lavishing of presidency officers with items!

This identical democracy we appear to profess is borrowed from the USA of America, we will cite typical examples from former US President, Barack Obama’s ebook – A Promised Land.

On a state go to to Saudi Arabia earlier than his well-known Cairo speech, Obama discovered himself a ‘good’ visitor of the Saudi monarchy. As he retired to King Abdullah’s advanced, he was shocked to search out himself in a room adorned with monumental items!

He describes one of many items as thus, “a necklace half the size of a bicycle chain, encrusted with what seemed to be a whole lot of hundreds of {dollars}’ value of rubies and diamonds – together with an identical ring and earrings.”

Considered one of his officers defined that others within the delegation had equally discovered circumstances with costly watches ready for them within the rooms.

Apparently, no person instructed the Saudis about their stringent prohibition on items. We ought to coach our guests about such to keep away from the Kakubo case, shifting ahead!

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