We’re not buy­ing coun­cil­lors - Veep

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By KALOBWE BWALYA

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.

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