PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri
PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri

PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri has refuted media reports that President Edgar Lungu has ordered ministers who remained in office after the dissolution of parliament not to pay back salaries and allowances they got for that period.

Mrs. Phiri said the PF is in support that the money be paid back because it was obtained at the time minsters were supposed to be out of office. She further urged journalists to be professional in their reporting.

Ms. Phiri said journalism is a noble field that does not need to be influenced by individuals pushing personal agendas.

And Mrs Phiri has urged Ephraim Shakafuswa to stop discrediting PF Secretary General Hon Davies Mwila and agitating that a senior member of the Party and prominent lawyer Kelvin Fube Bwalya (KBF) be appointed in his place.

Mrs Mumbiput out the statement below

It has come to my attention that there are some people, in particular, Ephraim Shakafuswa, who has been discrediting PF Secretary General Hon Davies Mwila and agitating that a senior member of the Party and prominent lawyer Kelvin Fube Bwalya (KBF) should be appointed in his stead.

Ephraim Shakafuswa joined PF not a long time ago and may not understand leadership processes in the ruling Party, let me remind him to desist from creating confusion and bringing animosity between Hon Mwila and KBF. The two are good friends and loyal members of the Party.

I also want to remind Ephraim Shakafuswa not to bring KBF’s name into disrepute. He is a respected senior member of the Party and an asset whose good name desperate people should not abuse. It is the same desperate voices that almost succeeded in creating animosity between Hon Jean Kapata and KBF. I ask all genuine PF members not to be misled by those promoting divisions and internal fights. They should not be given another opportunity to do so again.

I therefore ask all members of the Party not to fall prey to deceitful acts aimed at creating confusion in the Party. Our strength is in our unity as a Party. We are all in these positions for such a time as this. Tomorrow others will come and sit where we are.

Lastly, let me mention that all those with ideas and concerns, our doors remain open and we are ready to listen. You are welcome to come through to the Secretariat. That is your secretariat, your office.

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27 COMMENTS

    • Mumbi Phiri – Ministers will pay back the Money—–

      WHEN ??????

      After a Court bailiff starts to seize their property?

      They should have done so IMMEDIATELY after the ConCourt ruling.

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    • The ministers will of course pay back the money into the treasury, and simply withdraw the same money plus more. They control the treasury.

      They must be laughing at us.

      Let us purge these douchebags once and for all.

      God bless Zambia

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    • Mumbi is quite unprofessional? A person who shows weaknesses of PF leadership. She better stay quite than open her mouth with lies. Facts are that Lungu asked them to stay and now caught apart as he does not know what to do. What a weak leader Zambia ever seen.

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  1. Paying cabinet ministers during campaign period and then recovering the same payment raises various questions. These include: where is the government memo or circular that directed and instructed them to park their motor vehicles? Did they get a warning from government reminding then that disobeying administrative regulations was an offence? How much of public resources were misused in this way? Until these and many other questions are addressed, the entire exercise would amount to mockery and abuse of judicial process. There is no need to humiliate or embarrass former cabinet ministers many of whom could do better outside of cabinet than inside it. Italian jurisprudence could help here. When something is not forbidden publicly, then it is permitted. When it is forbidden and not…

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  2. robmwale
    where have you been?Mwagona kuti?In PF there is no system in place.Imagine even Kamba has been given a micrphone to talk on behalf of everyone from the presidency to whoever.

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  3. No ownership, no responsibility from the top.. And you wonder why people do unbelivable thiongs at work and just continue with life as though nothing happened at all..

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  4. Paying back this money is a decision the PF has instructed those affected. It is a straight forward matter that doesn’t deserve space, time and energy of the nation. There are much more important and bigger issues which should be popping up in the media and which the opposition should be concentrating on. Mumbi is quite vivid in her response and her word should be taken for it. To start scrutinising every response and demand evidence is rather tedious and a total waste of time. Why don’t we spend time and energy discussing matters like-reformation of ZP, farmers didn’t have market for last year’s produce because FRA has stopped participating in the marketing exercise, what are we in the private sector doing to help the situation??? The JCC has made some shocking decisions recently,…

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    • @Spaka: I think you are entitled to that information through the Public Protector’s office. No need to raise unnecessary dust, you need to focus on other pending important issues.

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  5. They used the money to campaign and win their parliamentary seats using illigal money and resources which belongs to the government,nulify their seats and prosecute them for using public resources illigally on their advantage.Teachers who forged papers and were geting salaries illigaly are being arested and later prosecuted this is a similar case does it mean that some animals are equal and others are more equal?

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  6. THIS IS SHAMEFUL AND PF NEED TO ACCEPT ITS MISTAKES WHEN PEOPLE LAMENT THAT PF IS A LAW BREAKER. WHETHER OR NOT, ONE DAY PF SHALL MEET THE WATERLOO BEYOND UNDERSTANDING FOR THE MESSES THEY HAVE CREATED .

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  7. if a common man had collected monies he was not entitled, would Mumbi Phiri commented in like manner? Would it require the court to order the common man to pay? would the common man ask for the concourt to review its decisions? Bwane , this is justice for the rich…. Common man, pray to GOD and stay away from breaking the law.
    In Zambia there one law for the rich and another law for the poor. Look at the way hiace bus owners are treated….. There is no regard for them….. Pro poor policy .Even a little minibus investment is at risk under our leadership…….

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  8. Guys let us talk about the fire tender. Those vehicles are valued at $1 million. How much are they insured for? I guess the value should be equal or higher. Does anyone know how much?

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  9. That is the problem with this elaborate modern law – nobody understands it, even lawyers. How does a legal mind like our president and Kbf and others misread the law as to believe the cabinet was right to remain in office after the disolution of the parliament. Even common sense seemed to go against this and it had to take the court to agree with the common sense view that once the mandate expires it expires and people can no longer work or draw salaries from such work.

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  10. Dr Makasa, ignorance of the law is no defence? Every Minister is expected to be familiar with General Orders and Ministerial Orders and Conduct. Second if we just say ‘dedcuct’ from their salaries? Where does that leave us with the recent audit reports and where the chairman Chasaya is agitating that the money ‘simply’ be deducted from the concerned civil servants???/ Leaders ought to be exemplary in their conduct and any leader worth his salt knows you cannot continue to serve once parliament is dissolved. Of course the author of the provision has never won a court case and he is now an ambassador because of his friendship with number 1

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  11. These guys have been found wanting and they have the case to answer. They should be prosecuted for this matter. Lungu knew very much as the lawyer ordered the cartel to be done. He’s a criminal who is deserved to be impeached seriously

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