Wina apologises for Chama

Vice-President Inonge Wina before a lecture at Columbia University on 11 March, 2015. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION - Photo Credit CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA -
Vice-President Inonge Wina - Photo Credit CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA -

Vice President Inonge Wina has apologised to the people of Southern province over alleged remarks made by PF Secretary General Davies Chama against the people of Southern Province.

Mrs. Wina who tendered the apology in Parliament on behalf of the Patriotic Front-PF says PF believes in promoting unity among the people of Zambia.

The Vice President apologised to traditional leaders and the people of Southern Province if the words by Mr. Chama caused embarrassment and anger among the Tonga people.

Mrs. Wina says it is unfortunate that while remarks made by the PF Secretary General Davies Chama were directed to a political leader, his remarks raised a lot of concern.

She stressed that President Edgar Lungu met Tonga Chiefs to resolve the matter adding that the President agreed during the meeting with the chiefs that he will engage Mr. Chama over the matter.

Mrs. Wina was responding to a question raised by Mazabuka UPND Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo who wanted to know the outcome of the meeting that President Lungu had with traditional leaders from Southern province aimed at ironing out concerns regarding PF

Secretary General Davies Chama.

This was during the Vice Presidents question time in Parliament on Friday.

And MMD Sinda Member of Parliament Levy Ngoma also wanted to know from the Vice President what disciplinary measures the PF has taken against Mr. Chama.

Mr. Ngoma, who welcomed the Vice President’s apology in the House, however said Mr. Chama is on record of having refused to apologise over his remarks against the people of Southern Province.

But Vice President Inonge Wina says the party has already taken disciplinary measures against Mr. Chama and asked the people of Southern Province to accept the apology.

And Vice President Inonge Wina says government is concerned that most opposition Members of Parliament are hesitant to visit government offices to discuss matters of development.

Mrs. Wina says despite government offices being open to everyone, opposition MPs do not visit the offices to talk about development projects in their areas.

She says national resources are meant for all Zambians regardless of political affiliations.

And Mrs. Wina says there is no corruption in PF as has been alleged by some opposition MPS and some media organizations.

She says it’s unfortunate that some people want to paint a bad picture to the international community that the country is full of corruption.

The Vice President says those with evidence of corruption on President Lungu and his government should report to the law enforcement agencies.

The vice President said this in Katansha ward in Bangweulu constituency during a rally to drum up support for PF candidate Anthony Kasandwe in the August 6th parliamentary by election.