15 December 2012

Zambia: I Don't Wield Too Much Power, Says Kabimba

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Wynter Kabimba says he is not wielding too much power as perceived by some critics but is merely discharging duties as required by the PF central committee and President Michael Sata.

Mr Kabimba said people accusing him of wielding too much power in the manner he was performing his duties were misguided as he was merely a conveyor of President Sata's message in his actions.

He said he should not be 'crucified' because the central committee and the Head of State gave blessings to all the actions he took.

Mr Kabimba, who is Justice Minister, was speaking during a graduation ceremony for PF women yesterday that had attended a course in tailoring and design.

"When the President says go and write, as secretary general, I write. So please don't shoot the messenger.

"I don't have too much power other than that which the President and the central committee gives me," he said.

Mr Kabimba said he was just a messenger who sometimes delivered unpleasant messages and that it was the nature of his job.

Recently, Mr Kabimba wrote to Foreign Affairs Minister Given Lubinda, giving him a seven-day ultimatum to exculpate himself on allegations of leaking PF information to online publications.

Mr Lubinda has also been accused of working in collaboration with the opposition MMD and United Party for National Development.

Mr Kabimba said the party had embarked on skills training programmes to supplement Government's efforts in providing entrepreneurial and vocational skills.

He said the programme would soon be rolled out to different parts of the country and that so far, 200 women had graduated in tailoring.

Gender and Child Development Minister Inonge Wina at the same function called on the graduands to remain as determined as the PF Government.

"Women are the most vulnerable in Zambia and the directive from the President is that women must be empowered," Ms Wina said.

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