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Allocating public resources to office of first lady is theft -FDD

Headlines Allocating public resources to office of first lady is theft -FDD

The Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has said  the allocation of 1.5million Kwacha in the National Budget to a nonexistent “Office of the First Lady ”  is not only fraudulent but also institutionalized theft of public resources.

 FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said the Office of the First Lady is an imaginary office which does not legally exist.

Mr Mwanza said allocating public funds to an office which does not exist is theft of the highest order.

He explained that Article 265 of the Republican Constitution clearly stipulates that only public offices, State organs, and State institutions are entitled to state funding.

“The so called “office of the first lady” is an imaginary office which does not legally exist and it is theft of the highest order to allocate public funds to an office which is not only illegal but actually does not exist,” he said.

Mwanza quoted Article 265 of the Republican Constitution which says only public offices, state organs and state institutions are entitled to state funding adding that Any other entity which  does not fall in this category is not entitled to receive state funds.

He said A public office means an office whose emoluments and expenses are a charge on the Consolidated Fund or other prescribed public fund and includes a State Office, Constitutional Office, and an office in the public service, including that of the member of the commission.

“Clearly the “office of the first lady” does not fall under any of the aforementioned categories. In short the office of the first lady is illegal and does not deserve to be funded by taxpayers,” Mr Mwanza said.

He added that  there are no financial regulations that guides how that 1.5 million should be used.

 “That money can neither be accounted for nor audited. The First Lady has the mono authority to spend the money in any way she wants so how will the public benefit from such a fraudulent allocation?”  the FDD Spokesperson noted

“You cannot be dispensing public money like Masuku or Malubeni. There should be order and clear financial guidelines to ensure accountability and prudence. Parliament has a solemn duty to ensure prudence, transparency and accountability in the manner public resources are allocated and managed,” he said.

Parliament last week approved the allocation of 1.5million Kwacha to the office of the First Lady. The trend of allocating resources to the “Office of First Lady” started under late President Micheal Sata who instructed then Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda to allocate funds to his wife Dr Christine Kaseba.

3 COMMENTS

  1. The PF govt gets away with day light robbery because the population is brainwashed into believing govt is always right. The people are not public spirited and don’t question anything the govt does. They sincerely believe the first is entitled to tax payers money. If the first lady wants to make a mark on Zambian society she should set up a non-profit organisation and mobilise funds from donors, not sponge on govt money.

  2. Good observation and well said. The First Lady is doing a good job in her programs but she should have access to our money. She has to ask for donations. She has to fight tooth and nail to generate income for her programs. The government shouldn’t make it that easy by just giving it to her. I agree that it is theft. We don’t know she is going to do with the money and we won’t know what is in the account. Tasila will be building houses like kambwili. She has to give back the money so it can go to other projects such as building schools and health centers in rural areas especially dundumwezi.

    • A person who has no record of doing GOOD can not suddenly be good because tribalism put them in state house,lets just give chance to slow learners to wake up to the reality of poor leadership and may be then we shall do what is right.I have been shocked with bemba accusations of tongas being tribal when all evidence on the ground points at them,even more sad they have now even recruited easterners to their agenda,just 5yrs ago when they ganged up against banda who was clearly comparatively better than sata we saw no chimbuya it has just come as a convenient way for them to keep power by proxy.Power without performance cant last long.All the lies of the past 5yrs have expired at a cost to the nation of USD 9billion,let us see what working lies will be deployed in the next 5yrs I am already…

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