Nevers Mumba distorting facts, says Sata

PRESIDENT Sata says he is glad that MMD president Nevers Mumba agrees and acknowledges that the appointments he (Mr Sata) is making are in line with Zambia’s constitution.
And President Sata is disappointed that Dr Mumba is distorting facts to cause confusion in the country.
The President said this in his response to a letter from Dr Mumba, regarding the appointment of nine opposition members of Parliament to deputy ministerial positions in the Patriotic Front (PF) government.
In a copy of a letter in possession of the Sunday Mail, Dr Mumba says the constitution allows the President to pick ministers from the opposition but that the appointing authority should do this in consultation with the opposition.
“In the event that you feel a particular MMD member of Parliament would be useful to your Government, what we expect is to communicate to the leadership of our party for such consideration, as the constitution does not restrict you in giving jobs to members of Parliament,” Dr Mumba says.
However, reacting to Dr Mumba’s claims that the PF intends to diminish democracy, President Sata said he would never turn his back on Zambians who offer themselves for public service, regardless of their political affiliation.
“It is frankly staggering to envision, let alone think that this dishonesty, deliberate distortion of facts and acute appetite to cause confusion in the governance of this country is emanating from yourself, a well-known man of the collar.
“Let me underline that my Government is determined to preside over the affairs of this country in a reconciliatory and inclusive manner,” President Sata said.
The President also reminded Dr Mumba of the role Government plays in moving the country forward, not to oppose for the sake of opposing which he said would be immoral.
“Zambia is bigger than all of us,” President Sata said, “and the earlier you in the opposition grasped that, the better for our motherland.”
In a letter to President Sata dated July 11, 2012, Dr Mumba charged that the PF government had decided to diminish democracy and opposition by reducing opposition presence in Parliament through unnatural means.
“We are very alarmed at your consistent attempts to dislocate the tenets of democracy by offering deputy ministerial jobs to our members of Parliament without any regard to the leadership of our party.
“We believe that both the PF and Zambia need a healthy and vibrant democracy because it guarantees stability in the nation and instills confidence on the part of investors,” Dr Mumba’s letter reads in part.

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