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DEC, DPP impasse a political tiff – Kabimba

By SILUMESI MALUMO

THE impasse between Director of Public Prosecutions Lilian Siyuni and Drug Enforcement Commission Director General Mary Chirwa is a political battle because they are both inclined to different political parties, Economic Front party president, Wynter Kabimba, has said.

Mr Kabimba said the two are appointed by different political leaders, therefore, they cannot move in the same lane.

He said if the two were all appointed by President Hakainde Hichilema the current situation would not have been there.

He said for people appointed by a political leader, it is obvious that their loyalty is to the appointing authority.

Mr Kabimba indicated that in this case, Ms Siyunis and Ms Chirwa each owed their loyalty to  different political leaders. Mr Kabimba said Ms Chirwa feels to be more powerful because she is appointed by a sitting President.

“This myth which we have lived with that people in the civil service are non-political is not true.

“When you are appointed in a higher office it is obvious that you have been working with the political party in power.

“All elected Presidents identify people they want to work with and these have been working with the political party for a long time. So all people in civil service are inclined to a political party whose leader gave them a job,” Mr Kabimba said.

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