Former Local Government and Housing Minister, Sylvia Masebo, has written to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry local government to request for documents on the controversial procurement of 100 hearses and boats.
Ms. Masebo, who is also Chongwe Member of Parliament says the files and documents should be made available to enable her respond to growing public concern over the purchase of hearses.
President, Rupiah Banda, yesterday authorized Ms Masebo to explain to the nation issues surrounding the ordering and procurement of the hearses.
Ms. Masebo said she could only clarify that the hearses were purchased at US9 000 per unit and not US29 000 per unit as being alleged once relevant documents are made available.
She said this in a letter addressed to Local Government and Housing Permanent Secretary, Coillard Chibbonta, copied to President Rupiah Banda, Vice president George Kunda, Local Government and Housing Minster Ben Tentamashimba, Secretary to the Cabinet Joshua Kanganja and made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Ms Masebo complained that she has been made to explain details of the transactions even when there is a serving minister and support staff as well as documents to clarify the transaction without her involvement.
She also cited the Keep Zambia Clean and Health programme, Trucks and the Construction at Lusaka Girls School as other issues that she is been asked to explain to the public