The MMD says it supports UPND president Hakainde Hichilema’s advise to Members of Parliament not to support the allocation of K 1.4 billion in this year’s budget for the construction of President Michael Sata’s retirement house because it is illegal and immoral.
MMD Deputy National Secretary Mr. Chembe Nyangu said it was immoral for Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda to allocate such an amount of money for the construction of a house for a sitting President when that of the late Presidents Fredrick Chiluba and Levy Mwanawasa have not even been constructed.
Mr. Nyangu said it was a clear sign that the PF was very insensitive to other people’s plight and feelings.
He wondered how the Mwanawasa and Chiluba families would feel to see their late relatives housing projects not starting while that of the sitting president is going on.
Mr. Nyangu said it is therefore important to support Mr. Hichilema’s advise for MP’s not support the allocation noting that the MMD will also instruct it’s MP’s to support the move.
He said it was such issues that prompted MMD’s Nevers Mumba to say his party will not support the budget if governance issues are not resolved.
According to the law, the acquisition or construction of the former head of state’s house can only take place within a period of two years after leaving office.