Contact* .Lusaka Province Chairperson Anderson Banda 0979429612/0977780397
Lusaka Province UPND, we would like to reaffirm our support for President Hakainde Hichilema who has welcomed the idea of instituting a commission of inquiry into the privatization allegations in order to put the issue to rest.
Just like President HH stated, the undertaking is not only a drain on our already depleted national coffers that would lead to further reduction in our reserves which are now at an all-time, historical low of US$1.45 billion or 2 months import cover but a shear waste of time.
UPND Lusaka province reasserts president Hichilema’s stance that there is need for an independent investigations body to carry out the investigation independently and without undue political influence.
We believe that an inquiry into the privatization of Zambia’s paratatals in the 1990s as a stand alone investigation is not enough as there are numerous wrongs that have been perpetuated by the current regime leading to disadvantaging of ordinary citizens.
We have inadequate medical supplies in most health posts across the country, yet no one has ordered for a Commission of Inquiry into the US$1.1 million worth of drugs that went missing from Medical Stores Limited (MSL), as if that is not enough, the issue surrounding the inexpensive US$288, 000 per ambulance still remains an unresolved mystery.
We demand for a commission of inquiry that would also take time to investigate a number of issues which are of grave importance to Zambians, those that have contributed to the downfall of our economy. That commission of inquiry should look into matters that are affecting Zambians today.
Up until now, Zambians are waiting to know who the owner of the 48 and 51 mysterious houses is. We have issues of Mukula smuggling by Mr Lungu’s daughter Tasila; the gost company Honey Bee that was awarded a contract to supply drugs worth millions of dollars; the 10 million in the FIC report and many other fraudulent deals involving a criminal syndicate led by Mr Lungu’s close friend, Valden Findlay.
We also want to challenge the proponents of this inexpensive undertaking that before they even dream of a Commission of Inquiry whose results might not be availed to the public if the findings implicate senior Government big wigs, they should have first thought of the source of financing for the undertaking.
In case Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) president, Andrew Ntewewe, who’s one of the people pushing for the inquiry is not aware, he needs to be reminded that Mr Lungu instituted a Commission of Inquiry into Voting Patterns and Political Violence whose findings have been kept away from the public and whose cost has been treated as both classified and a State secret.
*UPND MEDIA TEAM*