We’re not buying councillors - Veep
THE Patriotic Front is not buying opposition councilors who are crossing over to the ruling party, says Vice President Inonge Wina And Ms Wina says anybody doubting that the refunded DFID money was lying in a Zanaco account before being returned on request should engage the bank. Ms Wina said those opting to join the PF were doing so on their own after realising that the party in government had a solid future. She also refuted claims the PF government was inducing local government by-elections by enticing opposition councillors to resign and join the ruling party The Vice President has since called on Zambians to be patriotic because patriotism went beyond party affiliation. Ms Wina was responding to questions during the Vice President’s question time in Parliament yesterday. She urged Zambians to help grow the economy by adding value to the goods and services they produced. And Ms Wina said the government was aware and making strides to strengthen the local currency which had sharply depreciated against the major foreign currencies like the US Dollar and British Pound. She said this in response to PF Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube who wanted to find out what has led to the weakening of the Kwacha against major currencies and what measures government was undertaking to arrest the situation. Regarding the DFID funds, Ms Wina said the matter was still under investigation and results will be made public. She was responding to a question from Mazabuka Central MP Garry Nkombo who wanted to know when the Vice President would deliver the ministerial statement on the DFID funds. “There is no way money can be stolen and found the following day sitting in a bank. It is just that the person who raised the alarm that the money which was misappropriated, misplaced was not from DFID. If you want to obtain any information on the money which was deposited you are free to engage Zanaco,” she said. “The case is still under investigation and when results are done the information will be made public,” she said. Meanwhile, Ms Wina said Kenyan law Professor Patrick Lumumba was denied entry into Zambia for security reasons, adding however that Government was not mandated to divulge security reasons to the public. She however clarified that Prof Lumumba was merely denied entry and not deported from Zambia and the government was not bound to give reason as to why entry was denied to him.
Those opting to join the PF were doing so on their own accord and after realising that the party in government had a solid future.