The opposition Forum for Democracy and Development has expressed concern at the lack of professionalism in the way government is being run and has called on the ruling Patriotic Front to separate government business from that of the party.
Speaking in an interview FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza observed that the nation can not continue being updated on the President’s programs from their secretary general when there are people in government who are mandated to do the job.
Mr. Mwanza explained that President Edgar Lungu is a President for all Zambians and not for the PF alone hence the nation should not be treated as if all people were PF cadres by being subjected to statements issued by a “party cadre” who has no mandate under the laws of the land.
“We are getting updates on the President’s programs from a party cadre in the name of Davis Chama who is a party functionally of the PF and has no mandate what so ever to be updating the people on the President’s programs.
“There are constitutionally mandated individuals that have been given the powers to be updating the nation on the programs of the nation, his whereabouts and on the activities of the president,” said Mr. Mwanza.
He further noted that the President has enough stuff at cabinet office to the job hence there is no need for Mr. Choma who he described as a party cadre to continue issuing statements which are supposed to be issued by individuals with the mandate to do so.
And Mr. Mwanza advised politicians in the ruling part to separate government from their party as not doing so leads to the abuse of office by members of the party serving in government who tend to use government resources to do party business.
“Our friends in the PF have to separate government from their party because if don’t separate the two then there is over running in functions and when that happens party officials in government will start abusing state resources.
“We saw what was happening during the just ended elections were government buildings were being used for party business, Ministers where driving government vehicles to go to their party meetings that is what we call abuse of office and it is not right to use government institutions, government buildings and properties to advance the interest of your political party,” Mr. Mwanza said.