by NATION REPORTER
PFLP presidential candidate Mototoi Kavuaya said the party should stop promoting revenge for the purge of civil service professionals based on the perception that they are associated with opposition political parties.
Mr Kafuaya accused President Hichilema of retiring in the national interest five senior Zambian Army officers including Brigadier Generals Oliva Mubita, Brigadier General Galvin Silomba, Brigadier General Moffat Mwale and Colonel Ivan Simukuku.
Senior officers of the Zambia Army allegedly retired in the national interest on 2 November 2022 contrary to his pledge that no civil servant would be dismissed, retired in the national interest or dismissed on the basis of political affiliation and ethnicity.
Mr. Kavuaia said this when it appeared on Hot FM on Hot FM that the UPND management had embarked on a crusade of revenge and victimization and were retiring, firing and dismissing hundreds of citizens from the civil service on the grounds that they were employed by the Palestinian police department. .
It is inhuman and immoral that the UPND government is putting civil servants on forced leave and some have fallen ill but the leadership does not care what the citizens are going through, said Mr. Kavuaia.
He said most of the purged civil servants served the country diligently and rose through the ranks but were now purged for political and tribal reasons.
More than 100 civil servants had been repatriated and were taking their salaries away, Mr Kafwaya said, but their positions were given to citizens deemed politically correct.
Recently, five generals retired. But you cannot be content to retire officers who have served in the Zambia Army with diligence and patriotism for any other reason than political. President Hichilema calls for the reinstatement of those who were politically retired, but on the other hand he is doing the same thing, purging citizens in the civil service some of whom have just reached the zenith of their careers after serving only 28 years,” said Mr. Kifaya.
Mr. Kafwaya said it was important to separate the civil service from political intimidation because they were afraid to even act out of intimidation.
Kfuaya also said he would rally behind whoever the Popular Front elects at the congress in March next year, from whom the former ruling party is expected to choose a successor to ex-president Edgar Lungu.
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