And conspicuously absent were parliamentarians in the province who by guidelines are supposed to attend the convention but have been unable to attend, some parliamentarians spoken to said they only received the invitation letters at parliament buildings yesterday but could not travel to Kabwe as there is much more serious parliamentary business going on.
Kabwe delegates to constitution making leave meeting after getting allowances
The provincial constitution convention for central province has been described as a scam and most delegates including parliamentarians say the organisation was ill timed hence their absence from the session which began on Monday at Kabwe’s Misuku lodge.
A check at the lodge found the plenary hall with a handful of delegates as most of them chose to leave immediately after getting their lunch and allowances.
A source revealed to the watchdog that the organisers had allegedly inflated the number of delegates from the initial 151 to the 165 that have been said to turn up. How can they say that we are 165 when the honourable MPs are not here, this is a scam which must be put to a halt?” complained one of the delegates, who also disclosed that the manner in which the money was being paid was suspicious.
Chief Chibale’s efforts to remind the convenors of the guidelines regarding parliamentarians yesterday was received with a lukewarm answer that they would be in attendance as the sessions continue.
The inflation of the delegates would translate into a cost of over K30 million Kwacha in allowances only, an action which the source described as wasteful.