Speaker of the National Asembly Patrick Matibini has ordered the Minister of Finance to issue ministerial statement on president Michael Sata’s outbursts that money circulating in Zambia is fake.
This was after MP for Monze Central Jackie Mwiimbu raised a point of order requesting the Leader of the House, Guy Scott, to explain whether all currency notes in Zambia that were not printed by Thomas De La Rue were indeed fake notes as revealed by the President yesterday.
In seeking for an answer, Mwiimbu laid a K50,000 note on the table that was paid to him by Parliament and wanted to know whether as a law abiding citizen, he should continue using such notes.
In the morning, former Finance minister Situmbeko Musokotwane advised Sata to avoid issues careless statements of the Zambian currency as this can cause chaos.
But president Sata maintained that the MMD printed fake money.
George Chellah Sata’ spokesperson issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon as reaction to the advice by Musokotwane:
Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane, the former Minister of Finance under the MMD government has disputed our factual account that the previous regime illegitimately printed money.
Not so surprising, Dr Musokotwane has gone further to describe the facts laid bare by this office as “false, shameful and embarrassing.”
These are very serious charges from a man whose locus standi on this matter and many other oversights unearthed concerning the previous administration, is extremely hard to comprehend.
Dr. Musokotwane seems to be acting like a very useful, but out of control spokesperson of a troubled group seeking to confuse the due process of law with politics.
Nevertheless, his incessant outbursts provide helpful pointers especially to the investigators pursuing the many leads into the wrong-doing that went on under the previous regime. It shall soon dawn on him that there is nothing to defend about the many excesses of the past regime’s unpatriotic conduct.
For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to make it abundantly clear that the biggest and most serious challenge facing Zambia today, whether Dr Musokotwane and his colleagues agree or not, is excessive greedy and corruption.
Under the previous administration which Dr. Musokotwane served with pride, this scourge assumed endemic proportions as authorities turned a blind eye to it for obvious reasons.
No reasonable person privy to the rot that went on under the immediate-past leadership can ignore the deplorable state of affairs under which the MMD left this country. Dr Musokotwane and his colleagues must just own up instead of trivializing the otherwise serious irregularities the new administration continues to encounter as it cleans up Government.
Dr Musokotwane and his colleagues must not panic and resort to half-truths but instead wait for the due process of the law to take its course.
The Republican President, His Excellency Mr Michael Chilufya Sata has repeatedly stated that “this is not a witch-hunt but a legitimate search for the truth.” Let it be known that the President would definitely be the happiest to see that our former leaders are cleared of possible wrong-doing by law enforcement agencies.