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said gov­ern­ment would not be in­tim­i­dated by those ac­cus­ing them of be­ing cor­rupt.

Mr Kampy­ongo said those who were ac­cus­ing cab­i­net min­is­ters of be­ing cor­rupt would not suc­ceed to bring the rul­ing party down.

“So I am telling you that you won’t bring us down, we know of the few peo­ple who want to bring Chagwa’s sol­diers down but I can as­sure you that we shall fight and we will not fail,” Mr Kampy­ongo said.

He said the Head of State was very se­ri­ous about the fight against cor­rup­tion.

“Mr Speaker, when you see a Pres­i­dent fir­ing one of his own lieu­tenants from Cab­i­net on al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion, what more can he show?

“And I want to say this that here in this Cham­ber we make laws, so when you want to come and ac­cuse this min­is­ter stand­ing here, you have to stand firmly and say ‘this act was abused by this Honourable min­is­ter of this min­istry, in this line’ other than just jump­ing on the anthill and join all those that are not well in­formed,” he said.

Mr Kampy­ongo said there was an Abuse of Of­fice Act which fol­lowed any per­son in case he/she went astray from their area of ju­ris­dic­tion.

“Mr Speaker, the Pres­i­dent did al­lude to the fight against cor­rup­tion in his speech and if there is a leader who is so firm about his stance against cor­rup­tion, I think we all know where the Pres­i­dent stands and hav­ing been here for six years, Mr Speaker I want to put it on record on how dis­ap­pointed I have been to see the hypocrisy that we have at­tached to the is­sues of cor­rup­tion, I was at the back­bench there, pro­gressed to the mid­dle un­til I got here.”

“The de­bate we have heard here of ac­cus­ing those in the front bench…we have even had news­pa­per pre­sen­ta­tions laid on the ta­ble, we had a min­is­ter sit­ting where my el­der brother is sit­ting, ev­ery­day it was ‘no this is a cor­rupt min­is­ter’ from our col­leagues in the UPND, (no he has given him­self con­tracts’ and we had all the pa­pers fly­ing around here. But what hap­pened? The mo­ment he crossed the floor to there, all the cor­rup­tion fin­ished and they all started call­ing him a great leader so he could win a slot,” Mr Kampy­ongo said.

He said for­mer min­is­ter of tourism Sylvia Masebo was ac­cused of cor­rup­tion but when she was on PF side there was no cor­rup­tion.

But the mo­ment she crossed over here, ev­ery­thing changed, the cases in court be­came sol­i­dar­ity.

“It’s not only that Mr Speaker the catalogue is long but what I am say­ing Mr Speaker is that the is­sue of cor­rup­tion is a pol­icy mat­ter and some of us have been per­son­ally ac­cused and have heard things con­cocted,

“That is why I am ask­ing that maybe it has be­come a scheme of re­cruit­ing min­is­ters, when you cross over to the other side and they bom­bard you then the cor­rup­tion starts. But when ev­ery­thing is said and done, some of us will be among the last men and women stand­ing be­cause we know where we stand in serv­ing our peo­ple” Mr Kampy­ongo said

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