RAINBOW Party leader Wynter Kabimba says ministers will have to pay for the illegal salaries and other benefits they are accruing in office after the dissolution of Parliament.
Speaking on Power FM’s ‘The Contender’ programme yesterday, Kabimba said it was unconstitutional for ministers to stay on in office after the dissolution of Parliament.
“I am sure even President Edgar Lungu knows. The Constitution says cabinet shall be drawn from Parliament so the prerequisite to your becoming cabinet minister is that you are either an elected member of parliament or appointed member of parliament. Therefore, once Parliament is dissolved, and you are no longer a member of parliament, you cannot return a cabinet portfolio,” Kabimba said.
“We know why they are doing that. They are doing that because they want to have access to public resources; motor vehicles, allowances and all the privileges and power that cabinet ministers enjoy. But that expenditure that they are going to incur from the date of the dissolution of Parliament up to the time when they will be kicked out of power on August 11 by the Rainbow Party, I want to say that that expenditure will be termed to be unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional.”
Kabimba said it was clear that if any civil servant incurred unlawful expenditure, they were supposed to pay back from their pockets.
He hoped that cabinet ministers were ready to pay back the money from their pockets after they leave office.
And Kabimba said all the PF ministers and their deputies were unpopular in the constituencies.
“I have gone round the country and I have traversed the country. They are extremely unpopular, they are totally disconnected, the people are discontented about them and I am happy myself to hear that the PF is readopting most of them because they have been praise singing President Lungu. It will be an interesting phenomena to see in the field what these ministers will be saying to the Zambians and urging them to vote for them. I want to see what will happen,” Kabimba said.
And Kabimba said the Electoral Commission of Zambia was not handling electoral issues in a manner that they were supposed to.
He said a democratic election needed to be transparent and to provide a level playing field to all the participants, including stakeholders.
“There is an issue that foreigners from our neighbouring countries have been registered to vote. They have been given firstly
green national registration cards and have been registered as voters. That issue is firstly unconstitutional and it is also a matter of national security. This issue has been exposed. I would have expected myself that ECZ and the registrar general who issues NRCs would be responding to the concerns of stakeholders however unfounded that they think they are,” Kabimba said.