Thursday, 27 October 2011


President Michael Sata
President Michael Sata has threatened to revoke the constitution and dissolve parliament if the opposition members of Parliament (MP) continue shooting down bills government is presenting in the house.
The President said his government will then call for a fresh election and tell the Zambian people that the opposition was not interested in fighting corruption.
He explained that the opposition MPs had given his government a first vote of no confidence by shooting down the motion for the constitution of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) stating that his government would not hesitate to dissolve parliament if the MPs continue voting against progressive bills.
Mr. Sata wondered how the opposition Movement for Multi Party Democracy (MMD) and United Party for National Development (UPND) voted against the bill that when most of the proposed names of the committee members were from the opposition.
“How do opposition MPs vote against the motion to constitute members of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) when the committee was dominated by themselves with only one MP from the Patriotic Front,” he asked.
He charged that the opposition MPs voted against the motion because they wanted to protect the removal of immunity of former President Rupiah Banda.
He has however explained that that his government is not in a hurry to remove the immunity of the former Republican President Rupiah Banda.
Mr. Sata said this  when he swore in Secretary to the Treasurer, Fredson Yamba,   Copperbelt Province Permanent Secretary (PS) Christopher Mutembo and Permanent Secretary  in Charge of Administration in the Office of the Vice President Annie Sinyangwe at State House today.
The President has meanwhile observed that the civil service in the country has deteriorated.
He said the civil service which should be the hub of government had gone down over the year owing to the appointment of cadres by the former MMD government into the civil service.
Mr. Sata said the civil service was important in running of government adding that countries like Italy did not have political appointments to man government but was using the civil service.
He expressed concern at some District Commissioners (DCs) on the Copperbelt who he said had continued to boast of government’s fertilizer support programme describing them as being of former president Rupiah Banda.
Mr. Sata has since directed the newly appointed Copperbelt PS to ensure that he deals with such DCs.
He has also directed the PS and the Secretary to the Treasurer to ensure that they fight corruption which he said was disadvantaging a lot of people.
“We want to fight corruption in order for us to take the money to the people,” he said.
He advised them to desist from engaging in any corrupt activities either concerning money or any other things.
The Opposition MPs on Tuesday voted against a motion which was tabled in parliament by Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda to constitute members on the Parliamentary Accounts Committee for the first session of the eleventh national assembly.

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