UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has directed the Party National Chairman Mutale Nalumango to immediately write to Agriculture and Tourism Permanent Secretaries Julius Shawa and Liya Mutale respectively to stop the sale of NRDC and Chichele lodge or face personal legal consequences.
Addressing the media at the party secretariat on Wednesday, Mr Hichilema said the insatiable appetite for corruption and illegalities by the PF has reached alarming levels which needed to be curtailed.
Mr. Hichilema said there is need for the country to rise and protect its abundant natural resources from the PF appetite for personal enrichment adding that there is need for the UPND to take stock of all natural resources on behalf of Zambians.
He said the PF’s intention to sale off the country’s historical and natural resources would disadvantage the UPND when it forms government as the country would be in disarray hence his directive to the party secretariat to immediately write to the Ministries of Tourism and Agriculture to stop the rot.
“I am giving Deputy SG and National Chairman up to 17:00hrs tomorrow. Write a letter to Shawa (PS Agriculture) as the controlling officer to immediately stop the sale of the historical NRDC. That is our college and any attempts to corruptly sale it to AVIC International should be met with anger from the public. Chairman, I am not asking you, it’s a directive. Follow it up with secretariat and make sure this is done before end of business tomorrow. If no action is taken by Shawa, the UPND will follow that with legal action. No more just talking now. We have to be action oriented and stop this nonsense”, he said.
He further claimed that government has through Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo confirmed his earlier statement that the PF was selling off national parks and other natural resources.
President Hichilema said Mr. Kasolo has confirmed that the PF is selling off Chichele presidential lodge in Mfuwe’s Luangwa national park.
“In today’s Mast Newspaper, Kasolo is quoted as saying the government is placing Chichele Lodge on a temporal sale. This is laughable. When I revealed this information two weeks ago, the PF and its surrogates said i was lying. We don’t just talk without research. Here it is now. They have confirmed. These people will finish our resources with their appetite for quick money. National Chairman and your team, before 17:00 hrs tomorrow, write to PS Tourism (Liya Mutale) to stop this ‘temporal’ sale of Chichele lodge or face legal action.” said Mr. Hichilema.
He said UPND lawyers worked hard during the treason and petition cases and are available again on behalf of Zambians to take the PF to court on its sale of national assets.
Mr. Hichilema also said Zambia cannot have a group of people that prides in shoddy deals.