Katele weighs in on calls for a Chikwanda tribunal

Former Finance Minister Katele Kalumba
Former Finance Minister Katele Kalumba

Former Finance Minister Katele Kalumba has advised people calling for the establishment of a tribunal to investigate Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda’s alleged dealings with the mines to use available legal avenues as opposed to making unattainable public statements through the media.

Dr. Katele says he particularly finds it disturbing that people in the country have the tendency of making public utterances about individuals when there are legal avenues that can be followed to secure the needed information and establish informed opinions.

He has told Qfm News that even though he does not know Mr. Chikwanda’s estate and how the controversy about his alleged dealings with the mines has arisen, if there is any complainant among people calling for the setting up of the tribunal, the rule of law should be followed.

Dr. Kalumba notes that the country has legal avenues such as the Parliamentary Ethics and Code of conduct committee that can investigate any suspected wrong doing by a Minister.

He says this means that before this avenue is sought, there should be a complainant to seek a judicial position of a tribunal under the Parliamentary code of Conduct.

The Former Finance Minister says the seeking of this judicial position should however be genuine and done on the basis of knowledge of any misconduct by an individual who is being complained against.

He has stressed that this provision of the law should however not be used to do behind the scene type of politics to malign a particular individual.
( Friday 05th September 2014 )