The Constitutional Court has ruled that Ministers and their Deputies are in office illegally following the dissolution of Parliament.
The Ministers and their Deputies have been ordered to pay back all the salaries and other allowances they illegally accrued.
The Constitutional Court delivered the land mark ruling shortly adding that President Edgar Lungu was wrong to maintain the Ministers in office after the dissolution of Parliament.
The court has further ruled that the PF ministers must vacate office with immediate effect and must repay back all the monies such as allowances and salaries they have been getting since Parliament was dissolved.
In June, the Constitutional Court has refused to grant the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) an interlocutory injunction restraining Cabinet ministers and deputy ministers from continuing in office and receiving their emoluments.
In this case, LAZ had petitioned the Constitutional Court to declare that continued stay of ministers and deputy ministers in office after dissolution of Parliament is illegal and that they should pay back any monies they will be paid as a result.
The association had applied for an interim relief restraining the ministers from holding themselves as such or purporting to occupy the said offices.
And commenting on the latest ruling, UPND President Hakainde Hichilema said it is gratifying to note that the Constitutional court has ruled that the PF Ministers have been holding onto public offices illegally.
In a statement, Mr Hichilema said the action by the Ministers and their Deputies amounts to day light robbery by an outgoing government from the People.
Below is Mr Hichilema’s full statement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE NEWS EDITOR
PF MINISTERS MUST PAY BACK WITHOUT FAIL.
It is gratifying to note that the Constitutional court has ruled that the PF Ministers have been holding onto public offices illegally.
However, we can only describe such an act by PF as day light robbery by an outgoing government from the People.
In the first place, we advised that it was illegal for any PF Minister to remain abusing public resources when the constitution does not allow to do so but as usual they declined.
We can only further describe such corrupt conduct by President Edgar Lungu and his ministers as theft.
In line with that, we demand that all the PF Ministers pay back what they have accumulated over their illegal stay in office with immediate effect and as ruled by constitutional court.
We have always been advising on cutting excessive government expenditures in order to channel resources to other needy sectors but President Edgar Lungu and his PF have been not so, a true reflection of a greedy Leadership.
This ruling however, also sends a signal that President Lungu and his ministers have no interest in serving Zambians but himself.
However, we would like to state that if they do not pay as ruled by the court, once in government we will ensure that they pay back because that is tax payers money.
We also call on the Zambians to vote out President Edgar Lungu and his ministers for stealing in day light.
We also want to reaffirm our commitment towards cutting down government expenditures once in government because by so doing needy sectors will be chartered for.
Our government, by God’s grace and courtesy of the People of Zambia, will focus on lowering the cost of living, creating better jobs, quality education and health among others.
This will be done through our vision for our Country which is a united, prosperous and equitable Zambia.