President Edgar Lungu has been called upon to show his government’s seriousness in implementing economic austerity measures by firing corrupt government officials.
Economic and Equity Party (EEP) leader Chilufya Tayali has observed that despite introducing austerity measures, the fight against corruption in Zambia does not seem stern enough.
Mr. Tayali states that from the EEP point of view, the manner in which corruption is being fought in the Country is as absorbent as attempting to draw water using a porous vessel.
In an interview with QTV News Mr. Tayali says the EEP does not think government can effectively implement austerity measures when loop holes where public funds are being lost are still open.
Mr. Tayali says his party is of the view that fighting corruption is very important when a government introduces austerity measures.
He says this means that, if for example, the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) commander Eric Chimese is on forced leave for alleged involvement in corrupt activities, President Lungu should go further and fire him.
Mr. Tayali says his party also supports those calling on President Lungu to place his Principal Private Secretary Simon Miti on forced leave.
He says if the concern raised in the recent Magistrate Court ruling that Dr. Miti may have known about the theft of K6.8 million from the Ministry of Health are valid, he should not even be in government.