GOVERNMENT has dismissed as mischievous allegations by FDD president Edith Nawakwi that the country is headed for a K5 billion budgetary deficit.
In a statement issued to the media, acting Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Fackson Shamenda said Ms Nawakwi’s allegations are “symptomatic of a frustrated and failed politician who wants to use lies to gain cheap political mileage”.
“Ms Nawakwi once served as Minister of Finance under the MMD government when corruption and general mismanagement of the country thrived, which this government is now working hard to reverse,” Mr Shamenda said.
He said the FDD leader should not pretend to have answers to the management of the country’s economy.
Below is the full statement
Republic of Zambia
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services
STATEMENT BY HON. FACKSON SHAMENDA, MP, MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON ALLEGATIONS BY FDD LEADER EDITH NAWAKWI
Government wishes to dismiss as mischievous, the allegation by FDD leader Ms Edith Nawakwi that the country is headed for a K5 billion budgetary deficit.
This allegation is symptomatic of a frustrated and failed politician who wants to use lies to gain cheap political mileage.
Ms Nawakwi once served as Minister of Finance under the MMD Government when corruption and general mismanagement of the country’s economy thrived, which this Government is now working hard to reverse.
She should, therefore, not pretend to have answers to the management of the country’s economy now which she failed to provide then.
On by-elections, Ms Nawakwi who at one time served as a Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, should desist from cheap politicking on an issue she ought to be well familiar with.
The current Constitution provides that a by-election is held within 90 days when a vacancy occurs for an elected Member of Parliament.
By-elections are therefore a constitutional expenditure and obligation. The current Constitution gives a Member of Parliament freedom to resign and join another political party.
As a democratic and law abiding leadership, this Government cannot stop anyone from defecting from one party to another. It is their democratic right to do so.
And defections have not gone one way. Both the ruling and opposition have had their fair share of loss or gain of defectors. Why should it be right for the opposition to receive defectors and wrong for the ruling party to do so? This is undemocratic.
And the fact that FDD is not receiving defectors does not mean that the practice must be demonized.
Ms Nawakwi is, therefore, urged to concentrate on rebuiding her crumbled political party instead of peddling falsehoods she cannot substantiate.
This Government reiterates its commitment to good governance, the rule of law and prudent management of public resources for the betterment of the Zambian people.
Hon. Fackson Shamenda, MP
ACTING MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON
10th August, 013.