The National Democratic Congress says calls by State House to open an inquiry into the privatization of public enterprises undertaken by the MMD regime are unnecessary and untimely.
Party Secretary General Mwenya Musenge says the probe into the sale of state Parastatals will not yield any results and such an inquiry into the matter will merely be an academic excise and a waste of public resources.
Mr. Musenge said colossal sums of money that could be spent on such an inquiry could be diverted to needy areas such as the Health and Educational sectors.
“Moreover, we feel most of the documents in the privatization of state firms cannot be traced. It is now almost twenty years after the MMD Government concluded the said excise. Worse still, most of the people behind the sale of former Government firms have either died or relocated from Zambia”, Mr. Musenge observed.
He said in a statement that his party feels State House deliberately wants to dent the image and reputation of certain persons linked to the privatization of government assets adding that all this is meant to disparage the image of a well-known opposition political figure.
Mr. Musenge said this witch-hunt being promoted by state house is petty and extremely preposterous.
He said it is unfortunate that such cheap talk is coming from the Presidency, undoubtedly, the highest office in the land despite Zambia having a lot of urgent matters to resolve.
“State House could do well for instance to discuss the plight of starving villagers in Lumezi district living on raw mangoes. The Presidency can go further to discuss how President Lungu is in fighting corruption in his Cabinet”, Mr. Musenge added.
He said Zambians want to know for instance what Mr. Lungu is doing about the latest Financial Intelligence Report handed over to him by the FIC where several Cabinet Ministers are cited in this dossier.
Mr. Musenge said the country may also want to know how far the probe into the infamous procurement of the fire tenders has reached.
“The Anti-Corruption Commission has been investigating some named Minister over wealth suspiciously acquired. We want to know if President Lungu has received and studied the file presumably handed over to him from the ACC”, He said.
Mr. Musenge added that the Presidential handlers should use this period to organize a meeting with the Zambia Chambers of Mines to discuss the pending job cuts in the extractive sector.
He has since cautioned the Presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda not to use his office to fight proxy political battles and leave them to politicians.
Mr. Musenge said the people of Zambia are not interested to know for instance how President Lungu used the monies he got from the sale of Zambia Cold storage as Mr. Lungu and others in the privatization team of state enterprises did a professional job in whatever undertakings and decisions they made.
He said if those in the privatization team were involved in illicit acts, previous administrations could have probed those linked to the sale of Parastatals.
“As NDC we are not amazed that State House is now using professional bodies such as the Economics Association of Zambia EAZ to discuss the privatization of former state assets. We have fears that the EAZ will soon lose its relevance and respect if they do not thread cautiously”, He said.
He has since called on genuine members of the EAZ to seriously have an introspection of the new EAZ council adding that NDC foresees a situation where the EAZ will soon be a surrogate of the pf looking at the partisan Lines some of its executive members are tolling.