STATE House Press Aide Amos Chanda says the reason why president Edgar Lungu took a drastic step to fire Minister Emerine Kabanshi is because he wants all the funds that were embezzled to reach the poor.
Speaking when he called in during a Hot fm breakfast show this morning, Chanda said governent will evakuate the matter and quickly return to the financing of the social cash transfer programme for the poor.
And Chanda said is not true that newspapers and radio stations have caused the firing of Kabanshi but because publicizing the issue has disrupted certain pieces of evidence.
“The president regretted that this matter has taken too long since he ordered an inquiry. It is a regrettable situation which is why we don’t want to believe that there is any malicious intent in those generous donors who have been doing. It is a requirement that we look at the matter objectively,” Chanda said.
He said admitted that government at the moment does not have sufficient resources to finance certain projects.
“Government does not have sufficient resources to run this programme which is why it is working to take corrective measures to clean up the problems so that all these discussions are fore stored,” Chanda said.
“The government does not have sufficient money. Regrettably the poor who are the focus, primary goal for the President, yes there has been inconveniences regrettably which is why decisively and more quicker action was required.”
He also explained why President Lungu had to fire his Minister.
“The goal of taking that drastic action is to make sure that this theft does reach the poor. It is expected that we will quickly evaluate their position and quickly return to the financing of this programme for the poor,” Chanda explained.
And Chanda said it is not true that the media has caused President Lungu’s action.
“It is not true that the newspapers and the radio stations have caused the action but of course they have disrupted certain things. Government will not tell you what those premature announcements you have disrupted but from that point when it was now clear that certain pieces of evidence being protects an no longer be protected because the matter is in the public domain, the President would have to act swiftly as he did,” said Chanda.