Secretary General Stephen Katuka
Secretary General Stephen Katuka

The UPND says the decision by the 64 former Ministers to seek the Court interpretation on the money they need to pay back for illegally staying in office after the desolution of Parliament in 2016 is abuse of the judicial system.

Party Secretary General Stephen Katuka has wondered why the former Ministers have chosen to go back to court on a matter that is clear and straight forward.

Mr Katuka said the Constitutional Court judgement was clear as it ordered them to pay back the emoluments they received while in office.

He has charged that the move is meant to buy time as the PF are determined not to pay back the money.

Justice Minister Given Lubinda announced that the executive is determined to ensure that the judgement of the Constitutional Court on Ministers who remained in office is implemented once the Deputy Registrar of the constitutional Court concludes assessment to establish how much should be paid.
Mr. Lubinda said after the assessment the debt collection department under the Justice Ministry will execute the order to recover the monies.

He told Parliament that he could however not state how long the assessment will take because that is up to the Constitutional court.

 

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Can we also recover fuel and accomdation claimed by these 64 PEPS while campaining for lungu around the country, they were using tax payer funded fuel and paid for accomodation when they should not have been…..

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    • Let the court be categorical and unequivocal on what needs to be paid. These Ministers enjoy alot of emoluments while serving.
      Whoever ruled that they needed to pay was somewhat irresponsible in his judgement.
      I can tell you that that ruling could have been made with a heavy heart.
      Since this issue was contentious(subject to one or two interpretation of the law), a proper, fair and sound judgment was cardinal.
      Nevertheless, a ruling is a ruling but whose is supposed to calculate and determine what ought to be paid.
      Bwana Secretary to the Cabinet start rolling. We do not need the Courts to determine this after all.

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    • THEY SAY THE LAW IS AN ASS (MEANING STUPID OR UNREASONABLE)
      IN THE SAME VEIN THE CON COURT JUDGMENT WAS ASININE (MEANING RIDICULOUS).
      THE FACT THAT THERE IS AN ELECTION DOES NOT MEAN GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN. BESIDES, THE MINISTERS WERE INSTRUCTED TO STAY ON TO PROVIDE A SERVICE
      PETTY OPPOSITION NOTWITHSTANDING, CAN THE JUDGMENT NOT BE APPEALED?

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    • @ Thorn in the Flesh: How much are we talking about?? These ministers make a lot of money from Corruption and their stupid fake trips. The issue here is their mentality to steal and not pay for anything. They should pay back the money so that we invest in alternative energy. You think it’s normal to have power cuts for over 10 hours for ordinary citizens, yet they have power throughout the day?

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  2. Yes even their election to parliament should be declared null and void as they used government resources to campaign, thereby disadvantaging their opponents

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  3. PFoools is a lawless party, even its members are lawless dander heads, take the ka worst president on earth for example, dull as they come and a useless drunk with no vision…. the thieving lawyer wanna be who stole from a widow… fact

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  4. This is a significant number for people who just run their mouths and lie every time. Can some kind whistleblower please release figures? I would love to know how much was plundered mwe…

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  5. By asking to determine how much should be paid , the PF are opening another can of worms…..

    The public will be shocked at how much these people get….

    Especially in these times of dunnuna reverse, show us how much you are enjoying….

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    • Spaka that’s the right thing to do. Those are public funds and so the public should know how much these people illegally earned

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  6. Something is not adding up here.
    Given Lubinda should have been cited for contempt of court immediately he expressed contempt over the court’s ruling but nothing has happened.
    It’s either the Constitutional Court was formed to play games for PF or we have wrong people in this Court.

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  7. I don’t think so. It is callous to suggest impunity. It is foolish to insult innocent individuals. Justice demands that former ministers pay what they are told to pay by the Constitutional Court. Payment is not a simple word. Does payment include travel allowance? Does payment include meal allowance? Does payment include fuel allowance? Does payment include telephone bill? Does payment include air ticket? Does payment include hotel room? Does payment include per diem? Does payment include interest? Is it a cash payment? Is it payment in installments? Is a loan schedule possible? These and other questions can only be provided by Constitutional Court itself. However, the Constitutional Court if at liberty to approach all players in order to reach equitable figures. The act of admission and…

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  8. The act of admission and payment is turning point in the constitutionality of the country. This is not the time to start playing political games. A precedent has been set. Going forward, the Cabinet Minister will know what to do and not to do on the issues of election period.

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  9. I thought the ConCourt is supposed to be a final court just like the Supreme Court.Its rulings are final.
    But in Zambia, you can appeal the ConCourts rulings to the same court. How can a final court revisit its own interpretations of the law.
    This Ministers in office case and the Presidential 3rd term case has just proved that this is just a Kangaroo court under the Executive.
    After 2021,it needs to be disbanded.The Judiciary in Zambia is just a joke.
    MAJOR JUDICIAL REFORMS are needed to clean up the rot.

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  10. Maybe these are the human rights Mr Ambassador Foot or Toe or Leg should be advocating for us, the ministers to pay up what they owe.

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