NAREP ticks off UPND

UPND sen­ti­ments on ZCID base­less... op­po­si­tion party also re­ceives Gov’t fund­ing, says Chip­imo

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

CLAIMS by the UPND that the Zam­bia Cen­tre for In­ter-Party Di­a­logue (ZCID) can­not be trusted be­cause it re­ceives Gov­ern­ment fund­ing are base­less, says NAREP pres­i­dent Elias Chip­imo Ju­nior.

Mr Chip­imo said the UPND was a big­ger re­cip­i­ent of gov­ern­ment fund­ing as its Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and city, mu­nic­i­pal and dis­trict coun­cil mem­bers earned a reg­u­lar monthly in­come which is paid by the gov­ern­ment from the hard earned in­come of tax­pay­ers and other cit­i­zens.

He told jour­nal­ists in Lusaka yes­ter­day at a press con­fer­ence dubbed “Here we go again” that if the cur­rent big­gest op­po­si­tion party had a prob­lem work­ing with any­one funded by gov­ern­ment then they ac­tu­ally had a prob­lem work­ing with them­selves.

He said every month, ap­prox­i­mately K200 is de­ducted from each serv­ing UPND coun­cil mem­ber and re­mit­ted to the UPND cof­fers.

Mr Chip­imo said with about 800 coun­cil mem­bers, that gives the UPND a colos­sal monthly in­come of K160, 000 ex­clud­ing con­tri­bu­tions from its MPs.

“We do not be­lieve there is any merit what­so­ever in the claim by the UPND spokesper­son that the Zam­bia Cen­tre for In­ter-Party Di­a­logue can­not be trusted be­cause they re­ceive gov­ern­ment fund­ing for if that was the case, that very rea­son should cause us not to trust the UPND,” he said.

Mr Chip­imo said the na­tional di­a­logue was not a mat­ter ex­clu­sive to the rul­ing PF and UPND but the ab­sence of the two par­ties was cen­tral to the vi­o­lence and an­i­mos­ity that has been per­pet­u­ated over the last years. He prod­ded the PF to be the first to reach out to their bit­ter ri­vals and agree terms of peace.

Mr Chip­imo ap­plauded the de­ci­sion by Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu to de­lay the tabling of amend­ments to the repub­li­can Con­sti­tu­tion, say­ing this should be wel­comed by all stake­hold­ers.

Mr Chip­imo how­ever al­leged that cit­i­zens would be sub­jected to fur­ther taxes in form of new mo­tor ve­hi­cle num­ber plates pegged at K500.

He claimed the deal had been crafted in se­crecy be­tween Gov­ern­ment and In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity So­lu­tions (IMS).

Mr. Chip­imo said the cost and ex­pen­di­ture was un­jus­ti­fied and that if the deal was al­lowed to pro­ceed it would mean that the 17-year con­ces­sion would make own­ers of the im­ple­ment­ing agency in ex­cess of $400 mil­lion af­ter only two years based on the regis­tra­tion of eight mil­lion ve­hi­cles.

He said the party was re­li­ably in­formed that the PF has hatched an­other money-mak­ing scheme to com­pel mini bus driv­ers to buy bins for their pas­sen­gers to throw garbage in at a cost of K130 per bin.

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