PARLIAMENT heard yesterday that a tribunal should have been established to recommend to the president on whether former Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director-general Patrick Kayukwa should be dismissed or not.
Issuing his maiden speech and commenting on the president’s address to the House yesterday, Monze Member of Parliament (MP) Jack Mwiimbu (UPND) said it was saddening that President Michael Sata had continued to disregard the law on some key decisions he was making.
“Within one month, violations of the law have been done by the Patriotic Front. For instance, the removal of the ACC director-general which was incorrect, inconsistent and against the law. “A tribunal should have been set up to recommend to the president,” Mr Mwiimbu said.
He told the House that it was sad that the president had nominated 10 MPs to the House when such was not supposed to be the case, and that he also abolished the position of secretary to the Treasury without following the law. “It is your duty therefore as ministers to give correct advice to the President and I am appealing to you to be doing so,” Mr Mwiimbu said, in reference to ministers in the House.
Mr Mwiimbu also told the House that UPND would hold the PF Government accountable to the many promises the president made during election campaigns such as the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement, and delivering a sound Constitution within 90 days.
He denounced sentiments against the perceived alliance between UPND and the MMD, saying his party would also enter into such pacts with the ruling party on issues affecting the Zambian people.
“I want to state categorically that the PF is envious of the perceived alliance but I can assure them that we shall too have an alliance with them on the increase of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to K5 billion; we shall have an alliance with them on the issue a good Constitution being given to our people and many other issues affecting our people,” Mr Mwiimbu said.
Solwezi East MP Richard Taima (MMD) also cautioned the president against making policy pronouncements that could be detrimental to the governance of the country, such as the release of prisoners that were jailed for poaching offences.
Mr Taima alleged that because of the pronouncement that people should not be jailed at the expense of killing animals, some residents in Mpika were now harassing Zambia Wildlife Authority officers.
He also called for the increment of CDF to K5 billion, saying the MMD government had led the way by raising the fund from the initial K30 million to the current K720 million.