•The Open Society Foundation (OSF) has expressed shocked that government spent close to K500, 000 on Police operations in Chief Chitimukulu area between October 2013 and January 2014.
Foundation Executive Director Sunday Chanda said it is unjustifiable for government to spend colossal sums of money on an operation which he termed as unnecessary.
Mr Chanda has since described the situation as disappointing.
On Wednesday, Home Affairs Deputy Minister Steven Kampyongo told Parliament that government spent close to K500, 000 on Police operations during the time 219 Police officers were deployed in Chief Chitimukulu in Mungwi between October 2013 and January 2014.
Mr Kampyongo, who is also Shiwa Ng’andu Member of Parliament said of the K499, 207 spent on the operations, about 235, 852 was spent on allowances for Police officers, while K155, 769 was spent on fuel, with K28, 058 going towards motor vehicle repairs.
The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has added its voice in condemning the expenditure of close to K500, 000 on Police operations in Chief Chitimukulu area between October 2013 and January 2014.
UPND Northern Province Information and Publicity Secretary Edward Musonda described the move as unnecessary and wasteful expenditure.
Mr Musonda has since challenged government to justify the operation and what it achieved.
But, Home Affairs Deputy Minister Steven Kampyongo said calls to justify the expenditure on operations in Chitimukulu are unnecessary.
Mr Kampyongo, who is also Shiwa Ng’andu Member of Parliament, charged that ALL police operations cost money.