The United Party for National Development has demanded that Government tells the nation how much has been spent on today’s ceremony at National Heroes Stadium where President Edgar Lungu will assent to the constitution bill number 17 of 2015 passed by Parliament.
UPND Chairman for Rural Reconstruction and Development Moono Mapani has told QFM News in a walk-in-interview says it is worrying to note that even the President is failing to adhere to the austerity measures he announced late last year in dealing with excessive government expenditure.
He says without fiscal discipline, it will be almost impossible for the nation to get back on the path of economic recovery.
Mr. Moono says the public ceremony for signing into law the constitution bill is simply a waste of public resources.
He has since called on the government to heed to advice by various stakeholders on the need for fiscal discipline in economic management if the country’s economy is to recover.
However, the Patriotic Front -PF-Media Publicity committee has refuted reports suggesting that the party is spending over K20 000 to ferry cadres from all parts of the country to witness the signing of the constitution bill.
PF-Media and Publicity Committee member Davison Mung’andu says it is wrong for some media houses to accuse the party of ferrying party members at the expense of national development.
Mr. Mung’andu has told ZNBC News in a walk in interview that party members who have been ferried to witness the event have been brought at the expense of well-wishers and donations from the party.
Meanwhile United Progressive People’s Party (UPP) President Savior Chishimba has charged that the impending signing of the Constitution amendment bill is a sham and a farce.
Dr. Chishimba has told a media briefing in Lusaka this morning that it is bogus and an act of insincerity on the part of President Edgar Lungu and Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula who are both lawyers to have the constitution bill signed into law in its present form.
The former PF Kasama central Member of Parliament has charged that the signing ceremony is conceived in evil and that it must be viewed as a stubborn and arrogant imposition of a sectional agenda on the people of Zambia.
And Dr. Chishimba says the Patriotic Front cannot be allowed to continue to allegedly destroy the country.
He states that it is irresponsible for the government to take the nation back to the era of unsustainable debts especially that it is not easy to get debt cancellation.
Dr. Chishimba has since predicted that the ruling party will lamentably lose this year’s tripartite elections because of the evident destruction to the social economic fabric of the nation.