After sensing an imminent defeat in 2021, the PF has embarked on many strategies to ensure that “victory” is sealed in 2021.
Census 2020 is one of the projects that has been identified to sustain the rigging strategy. The Central Statistical Office is being manipulated by the Permanent Secretary (PS) for Ministry of National Development Planning, Chola Chabala, aka CJ! CJ is married to a relative to Inonge Wina (we will discuss her UNZA degree later and her connection with UNZA Registrar) and is being used by the system as a conduit for corruption as well as the main manipulator for the 2020 Census Project. He is big headed fellow owing to this connection and thinks he knows it all and feels untouchable. Using his association with the Veep, he made sure that he elbowed everyone out of the PS position in this strategic ministry. More credible people like Dr. Buleti Nsemukila have to be shunted in far off places like Luapula and Eastern Provinces to keep them off from the Lusaka corridors of power. We are told that CJ hates Nsemukila with a lot of passion and those he perceives to be Nsemukila allies have been blacklisted, leaving him with some zombies who masquerade as professionals when they have nothing to show for their claim.
How is CJ manipulating the 2020 Census? In many ways but so far his strategy is to keep away experienced/qualified professionals from this PF Project. He started by surrendering one John Kalumbi who was Director of CSO between 2010 and 2017! Mr. Kalumbi, with other credible professionals, successfully executed the 2010 Census. Kalumbi was surrendered to Cabinet Office for querying the diversion of K4 million last year, which was meant for the census mapping exercise. CJ misled parliament last year, through Margaret Mwanakatwe, when she reported that mapping exercise for Census 2020 had commenced!
CJ has also appointed an IT person to be 2020 Census Manager! As much as we have respect for this manager, he is not the right person to be in that position because the task he has been given is not his area of specialization and we cannot experiment with census at this stage. A sister to Garry Nkombo (UPND MP for Mazabuka) who deputized Dr. Richard Banda (her hubby) in 2010 has been sidelined all because she is Tonga and related to this UPND bigwig. Her hubby has since been taken to Infrastructure Ministry to waste some time there as the crooks screw up the 2020 census. According to CJ, the UPND would have an upper hand if the sister to Garry led the census; but how is this possible this time around? Why didn’t UPND win the 2011 Elections having had this couple related to Garry manage the 2010 Census? Why is CJ keeping away professionals from the 2020 Census?
Last month he recommended the removal of the Acting Director alongside deputy directors in preference for new comers. The Director is to be replace by “God knows who” PF allied name from Bank of Zambia! Inside sources have revealed that CJ wants to use 2020 to divert resources to the ruling party or to himself (remember the “ubomba mwibala” slogan) as well as to inflate figures for the tribally perceived PF strongholds. This is in tandem with Lungu’s continued hallucinations about the Tonga-do not underestimate what Lungu has been saying. It is part of this grand scheme and the opposition must heed to this advice. Tribalism and violence are beneficial to Lungu/PF and they will ride on it as long as they remain in power.
Further, CJ has usurped the powers of the various Census Committees. We all know that 2000 and 2010 Censuses were well executed owing to the census committee system. For example, the Planning and Methodology Technical Committee, which is an integral committee of the census was in 2000 and 2010 led by credible UNZA Dons, Dr. Buleti Nsemukila and Dr. Namuunda Mutombo, respectively. How does the whole lot of a PS reduce himself to editing questionnaires and yet we have a lot of professionals who can lead this process? Is CJ going to analyze census data?
We are appealing to the opposition and all Zambians to watch out for the 2020 census manipulation, which has reached top gear. We also want to remind CJ and the PF government that the United Nations nullified the 1963 Nigeria Census because of malpractices such as what CJ and his tandem of crooks are planning to do. CJ, as former student of Demography knows this but we have a duty to remind him in case he has forgotten. A census must adhere to certain standards or else it will be nullified. The United Nations (UN) System is here in Zambia and they are watching all the census maneuvers of this brutal regime under the humble leadership of Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Remember there is also the UN Statistical Division in New York that is competent enough to detect problems in case the Zambian professionals are cowed into silence.
To the Secretary to Cabinet, Dr. Simon Miti; stop the rot going on at MNDP/CSO. As former PS at that ministry, you have the power to put this strategic ministry in order. You actually know, together with Dr. Auxilia Ponga, how toxic this Chabala is. Save the country from this disastrous trajectory. We are not campaigning for any individual here but we are merely appealing to you to restore order at CSO and the ministry at large. As long as you allow the manipulation that is going on, be assured that you will go down in the history books as that SC who failed to run Census 2020.
The ball is in your hands sir!