Vice President George Kunda says African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) spokesperson Amos Chanda and his colleague Tamara Kambikambi were part of the 17 members of the National Governing Council (NGC) due to pressure of the civil society on government to trim the number of staff.
Mr. Kunda also says government deemed it fit and necessary to cut down costs on African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and that government is merely responding to the civic concerns.
The Vice President told Parliament in Lusaka that 17 members have been removed from being members of the NGC and not only the two.
This was during the Vice President’s oral and answer session in Parliament today.
Vice President Kunda was responding to a question by Livingstone Member of Parliament (MP) Sakwiba Sikota who wanted to find out whether is was just two who were removed from the NGC and what criteria was used to reduce on the NGC membership.
” Amos Chanda and Tamara Kambi-Kambi were among the 17 members that were removed from the NGC to streamline the operations of the NGC and make it more effective,” The Vice President said.
He attributed factors leading to the reduction in NGC membership to attendance of meetings by members, the work done so far and also work relevance.
He disclosed that government will continue to monitor operations of the NGC and vowed that the NGC membership shall be reduced further until satisfactory expectations are met.
“It’s not targeting only two people but several NGC members were removed and as government we shall continue to monitor NGC operations to make it more effective,” Vice President Kunda said.
Meanwhile, Vice President George Kunda says government will in the next sitting present a Bill on Disaster Management to Parliament.
He told Parliament that government recognises that disasters in Zambia comes in partial and impartial natures depending on the weight of the calamity.
Mr. Kunda said the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) under his Office will come up with a new legal framework to facilitate the formation of the Bill to be presented in Parliament.
He noted that Kanyama Compound in Lusaka was most hit by disasters during the last rain season hence the coming up with a new legal framework will help address disasters of that nature in that area and from across the nation.
And Vice President George Kunda has said the sale of Zambia Telecommunications (ZAMTEL) is final because government wants to modernise the firm and do away with obsolete equipment.
Mr. Kunda said in Parliament that the optic fibre government has embarked on is the most secure way of controlling connectivity as opposed to the current Band-width which is small.
He said it is in this regard that government is coming up with a legal framework on the operations of International Gate Way currently run by ZAMTEL.
Vice President Kunda was responding to a question by Mbabala MP Emmanuel Hachipuka was wanted to find out why government is not giving out the International Gate Way to private mobile providers; Zain and MTN alleging that ZAMTEL has failed to operate it.