Former Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda says PF Ministers who overstayed in office illegally did so in good faith.
In an interview, Mr Lubinda who is recontesting the Kabwata parliamentary seat on the PF seat said the PF Ministers relied upon their own interpretation of the amended constitution in deciding to continue in their ministerial offices.
He said the Ministers respect the ruling of the constitution court because it is the final arbiter in constitutional matters.
“The issue of Ministers remaining in office after dissolution of Parliament is simply a matter of interpretation. We respect the ruling of the Constitutional Court but that is not to say that we misinterpreted the ruling or that our wrong was wrong. We based our decision to continue in office because we believed that the amended constitution allows us to do,” Mr Lubinda said.
He said former PF Ministers have no problem paying back the money they used during their illegal three month stay in office.
“I for one, I felt staying in office was taking away valuable time needed to spend on my campaigns because I was working so hard, sometimes I would be in the office even after hours whilst my opponents in Kabwata were busy campaigning,” he said.
He said the Ministers are waiting to be briefed on the estimates of the refunds they should make to government following the ruling.
Meanwhile, Former Energy Deputy Minister Charles Zulu has said he vacated the office immediately after dissolution of Parliament.
Mr Zulu who is Patriotic Front(PF) Luangeni constituency aspiring candidate said today that he vacated the office after dissolution of Parliament charging that he was not reporting for work.
“I vacated the office immediately after dissolution of Parliament and I was not even reporting for work,” he said.
Mr Zulu also said he was confident of winning the Parliament seat.
He explained that people were ready to vote for President Edgar Lungu and the PF party in the elections.