Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema yesterday told journalists that he has never privatized anything in Zambia and that it was the MMD Government under the leadership of Late President Fredrick Chiluba, Levy Mwanawasa and Rupiah Banda that privatisaton took place.
Responding to a question from Journalists on calls for the setting up of a Commission of Inquiry on Privatization, the UPND leader said that he has never been in cabinet and accused the Patriotic Front (PF) Government of privatizing national assets such as Zambian land and ZAFFICO assets, based on the definition of Privatization as stated in the Privatization Act of 1992.
Mr Hichilema went on to say that the one who sells national assets and signs for the agreement is the Minister of Finance and the Attorney General.
“The one who sells assets ultimately on behalf of the citizens is the Minister of Finance. Was HH a Minister of Finance, ever? No. Who else signs? The Attorney General? Was HH ever an Attorney General? No”
The UPND leader said that he was never part of the Government and was never responsible for part of the decisions made during the privatization.
Mr Hichilema went on to say that if the Inquiry route is followed all Lawyers, Estate Agents, Engineers and many other could be indicted and questioned why his name would be among those to be indicted.
Asked directly if he welcomed the inquiry, Mr Hichilema said that inquiry should include current issues like Fire Tenders and Ambulances bought at inflated prices and Roads being built an exorbitant cost.
“Let those who want the Inquiry start the Inquiry, but don’t hide the corruption that is going on and hide behind the privatization,” Mr Hichilema said
Below is the full interview starting on his response on call from Privatization starting at 4:00 minute mark