All MPs free to dis­trib­ute pres­i­den­tial por­trait books-Cha­likosa

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By SI­MON MUNTEMBA

PAR­LIA­MEN­TAR­I­ANS re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions are free to visit the Pa­tri­otic Front (PF) sec­re­tar­iat to col­lect school books branded with Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu’s por­trait to help the vul­ner­a­ble pupils in their re­spec­tive con­stituen­cies, Min­is­ter in the Of­fice of the Vice Pres­i­dent, Sylvia Cha­likosa told par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

Ms Cha­likosa said dis­tri­bu­tion of the books does not con­sti­tute a po­lit­i­cal cam­paign adding that other po­lit­i­cal par­ties were at lib­erty to dis­trib­ute the ma­te­ri­als to schools if they so wish.

Ms Cha­likosa was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from Chip­ili Con­stituency MP, Jewis Chabi who asked the Vice Pres­i­dent, whether the dis­tri­bu­tion of books branded with Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu’s por­trait does not con­sti­tute a po­lit­i­cal cam­paign and whether other po­lit­i­cal par­ties are at lib­erty to dis­trib­ute sim­i­lar ma­te­ri­als to schools.

She said the ex­er­cise was a per­sonal pro­ject which was in­tended to help vul­ner­a­ble pupils and not a po­lit­i­cal move.

And re­spond­ing to UPND Kembe MP, Princes Ka­sune Zulu who wanted to find out from the Min­is­ter whether or not the pupils were al­lowed to cover the books, Ms Cha­likosa said what mat­tered were chil­dren to have the books to write in adding that cov­er­ing was not an is­sue.

“What re­ally mat­ters for them is just the books to write in. We do cover our books any­way. So, they are at lib­erty to do so if they so wish,” Ms Cha­likosa said.

She added that the books are read­ily avail­able at the PF sec­re­tar­iat for the MPs to pick up any­time for dis­tri­bu­tions in their re­spec­tive con­stituen­cies.

Ms Cha­likosa

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