Vice President Inonge Wina has said that it is regrettable the that United Party for National Development (UPND) leadership, particularly Monze Central Member of Parliament Jack Mwiimbu has a low opinion on marketers and poor people trading on the streets.
Ms Wina said that the marketers deserve respect as they are human and constitute a large part of the voting population.
She was responding to Mr Mwiimbu’s debate on the Budget for the Public Service Management Division who lamented that some former marketeers without qualifications are serving as District Commissioners and other key government positions.
Mr Mwimbu said some District Commissioners only had birth certificates as their qualification.
But in response, Mrs Wina said selling in markets should not be used to disparage the qualified poor who also posses wisdom.
Ms Wina said the efficient public service is key to economic prosperity of any nation.
She told parliament yesterday that the Public Service Management Division will in the 2016 National budget continue with its mandate of human resource development in the public service.
Contributing to the debate Ikelenge member of parliament Elijah Muchima the PSMD should be run by civil servants.
Mr Muchima said such civil servant should systematically rise through ranks.
Meanwhile Tourism Minister Jean Kapata was ruled out by Speaker of National Assembly Dr . Patrick Matibini as she rose on the point of order to find out whether it was a requirement that only a Tonga should lead the UPND.