THE Democratic Governance and Human Rights Advocates (DEGHA) has spoken out so strongly against former first-lady Christian Kaseba over the manner she has conducted herself concerning accommodation.
DEGHA president Gerald Mutelo said that in fact, Government has spent colossal sums of money on the former first family in ensuring that they lead a comfortable life as permanent accommodation was being sought.
Mr Mutelo said was commenting on the issue of accommodation surrounding the former first-lady where she is said to have been evicted from Eight Reedbuck Lodge.
He said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the K2.2 million is a huge amount which could have otherwise been spent on other need areas such as poverty alleviation.
Mr Mutelo said his organization was at pains to comprehend the conduct by Dr Kaseba to have turned down alternative accommodation made available to her by Government in preference to a rented expensive lodge.
“This nation needs resources to go towards poverty alleviation and if Dr Kaseba was considerate enough, she should have accepted alternative accommodation that was offered to her by Government,” Mr Mutelo said.
The DEGHA president cautioned Dr Kaseba against playing politics in the matter involving her accommodation.
“It it is not fair for her to refuse alternative accommodation that could have helped the nation save some resources for other need areas and in fact she has love for this nation, she has to be reasonable enough to help Government address important issues affecting the general citizenry,” he said.
And Evangelical Youth International president Moses Lungu has appealed to former First Lady Christine Kaseba to strengthen the legacy of late President Sata by not politicising her issue of accommodation.
In an interview with the Daily Mail yesterday, Reverend Lungu said: “The former First Lady must not embarrass President Lungu by making him or the Government appear as though they are not caring.”
Rev Lungu said Dr Kaseba must support the programmes her late husband started by rallying behind President Lungu.
The clergyman said President Lungu has taken a sincere position on the matter by letting Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska respond to allegations that she was evicted from a lodge where Government has paid up to June 30.
“Dr Kaseba is still in Government hands. We believe there is a cartel that is holding her hostage. Let her redeem herself and defend the legacy of her late husband,” he said.