Michael Kaingu has ordered staff at Mwandi District Council to vacate the house they are renting because it belongs to an opposition member.
UPND Mwandi ward councillor Clement Mulonda, the owner of the house which the council is using as offices, said Kaingu, who is Mwandi MMD member of parliament and higher education minister, during a council meeting held on Wednesday ordered that the local authority should find an alternative place instead of renting a house from an opposition member.
“After the creation of Mwandi as a district, the council opted for my house to be used as an office. All the necessary procedure and documentation was done. The council paid for three months as agreed and they moved in on 1st December 2015,” Mulonda explained.
“But during the council meeting held on 16th December, the MP (Kaingu) said there is no way an opposition member, who is a UPND councillor, can benefit when their (PF) members can’t rent a house to the opposition.”
He further said Kaingu then ordered the council to look for another house which also does not belong to an opposition member and that if they fail to find one in Mwandi, they should find one in Sesheke district.
“Sesheke is about 65km from Mwandi district and commuters pay K40, meaning people from Mwandi council will be spending K80 per day on transport alone,” said Mulonda.
Kaingu could not be reached on his mobile phone was unreachable by press time.