Speaker establishes a prima facie case on UPND petition

Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini says parliament through the committee of supply will address the petition lodged by the United Party for National Development over the allocation of K1.4 billion for the construction of the Fifth Republican President’s house.

Mr Matibini told Parliament yesterday that on November 15, 2012, the UPND for and on behalf of the people of Zambia, presented a petition over the allocation of the said money which they said was contrary to the law.

He said Kabompo Member of Parliament Ambrose Lufuma  presented a petition on behalf of his party that it was wrong for government to allocate K 1.4 billion in the 2013 budget  to a sitting Head of State.

Mr Matibini further told Parliament that according to Cap 15 of the national constitution, the petitioners contend that the benefits under the said Act accrue to former president and not a sitting president.

He also stated that the petitioners also argues that this position is evident from the fact that the former president must meet certain conditions set out in the Act  eligible to receive the benefits.

The Speaker stated that the petitioners therefore urge the house not to approve the allocation of K1.4 billion for the construction of the Fifth Republican President’s retirement house.

Mr Matibini noted that the budgetary allocation referred to in the petition is provided for under the budget for Head 51, under the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication

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