MINISTRY of Local Government and Housing permanent secretary Stanford Msichili yesterday protested over remarks by Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member January Zimba that Kitwe City Council management lacks intellectual capacity.
Mr Zimba, who is Chama North member of Parliament said: “managers at Kitwe City Council have no intellectual capacity to assimilate issues.”
This was when Kitwe City Council town clerk Bornwell Lwanga and Mr Msichili appeared before PAC to respond to audit queries raised in the auditor-general’s 2013 report.
“It is not fair for the Honourable member to say that my officials have no intellectual capacity to understand their roles as managers,” Mr Msichili complained.
But PAC acting chairperson Brian Chituwo defended Mr Zimba’s statement, saying the committee did not insult management at the local authority.
“Surely what contribution did your staff give when preparing your report?” Dr Chituwo asked.
He said it is important for controlling officers to ensure that all questions raised by the committee are answered.
Mr Zimba’s remarks came after Mr Msichili contradicted himself in his response on contracts offered to investors by councils.
Mr Msichili failed to satisfy PAC on the memorandum of understanding and contracts signed by the council, prompting Mr Zimba to utter the words.