CHIEF government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili says National Restoration Party (NAREP) president Elias Chipimo has no authority to direct members of Parliament (MPs) to debate issues in a manner that suits him because he has no parliamentary representation.
Mr Kambwili, who is minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said MPs are mature people who know issues to be debated in the House.
He was reacting to calls by Mr Chipimo that MPs should rise as one and demand a proper audit of the Eurobond and other loans that Government has obtained.
“In what capacity is Mr Chipimo directing MPs when he does not even have MPs to represent him in Parliament? Which MP is he going to use?” he asked.
Mr Kambwili said although people have the right to ask Government to account for the Eurobond or any other loans, it is an offence for Mr Chipimo to direct MPs.
“There is no law in Zambia that allows people like Mr Chipimo, who does not even have members in Parliament, to direct MPs on how and what to debate on in Parliament,” he said.
Mr Kambwili said Government is transparent and citizens can go to the Ministry of Finance to get the information they want, including how the Eurobond was utilised
He said Government is transparent and has nothing to hide.
“If Mr Chipimo wants to know how the Eurobond and other loans have been used, he can go to Ministry of Finance and establish that on his own,” he said.
Mr Chipimo said yesterday that Government should give clear policy direction on how the Eurobond has been utilised before acquiring more loans.
He told a press briefing that Government should also give a clear direction as to how the money will be paid back, unlike just issuing statements of commitment of repaying without a proper plan.
Zambia Daily Mail