Government to amend procurement law

Minister Vincent Mwale reacting after the referee announced the results (technical draw)

Government says that it is in the process of amending the procurement law to cut down on unnecessary expenditure and promote transparency.

Local Government Minister, Vincent Mwale says that government has realized that it is spending more on procurements because suppliers tend to inflate prices, when they are dealing with government.

Mr. Mwale says that the amended law, will clearly stop procurement officers from buying anything that is 10 percent higher than the normal price.

He stated that the decision to amend the law does not arise from the procurement of fire tenders and ambulances but the whole procurement system in government.

He was speaking during a political hour programme on Breeze FM.

And Mr. Mwale says that it is difficult to dialogue with the UPND, United Party for National Development because the party has refused to recognise President Edgar Lungu as head of state.

He says that until the UPND accepts President Lungu as head of state, government will not bother to engage in any dialogue.

Mr. Mwale stated that President Lungu has been recognised by all Zambians and the international community, but wondered why the UPND wants to continue politicking.

And Mr. Mwale says that the UPND should forget about impeaching President Lungu because he has not breached the constitution.

He accused the UPND of wanting to get into power using the back door instead of waiting for the 2021 general elections to get the mandate from all Zambians.