UNITED Progressive People leader Saviour Chishimba has sought an explanation on how President Edgar Lungu’s net worth has exponentially increased from K2 million in 2015 to over K27 million currently.
Chishimba states that in explaining the sudden leap in his wealth, President Lungu should also take practical steps to have the ministers he said were depositing huge amounts of cash in their accounts prosecuted.
He stated that President Lungu must put national interest first by helping the treasury to recover the stolen funds from culprits and seize their assets.
“President Edgar Chagwa Lungu informed the nation about the huge amounts of cash that were being deposited into the accounts of his own ministers, but he has not taken any practical steps to prosecute the culprits and seize their assets,” Chishimba stated in a statement. “Every thief must pay back. Our considered view is that the President must put national interests first by helping the treasury to recover the stolen funds and assets. We also seek an explanation on how the net worthiness of Comrade Edgar Chagwa Lungu himself has exponentially increased from K2 million in 2015 to over K27 million currently. There should not be any sacred cows and this is the reason why UPP shall not condone a debate which narrows the crusade to the President alone – every thief must pay back.”
Chishimba further urged Zambians to join UPP’s demand for the Auditor General to forensically audit the Road Development Agency (RDA), local authorities and ministries.
He stated that UPP was alarmed by the evidence, covering the period 2011 to 2016, which revealed that over K150 billion (US$15 billion) had been plundered by current and former cabinet and deputy ministers.
“A public bank account shall soon be opened to demand justice through lawsuits,” Chishimba said. “The evidence, covering the period 2011 to 2016, reveals that over K150 billion (US$15 billion) has been plundered by current and former cabinet and deputy ministers, put together. They (former and current ministers) must also refund the salaries and allowances that were drawn when they remained in office unconstitutionally. To facilitate this process, we shall be writing the second letter to the Auditor General with a time-bound ultimatum for a comprehensive forensic audit of RDA, local authorities and ministries for the period 2011 to 2016. Undue delays will trigger our seeking an order of mandamus from Court which will compel the Auditor General to undertake the audit.”
Chishimba said although whistle-blowers, among them his party, the Post Newspaper, Komboni Radio had been targets of persecution, he urged Zambians to join the ‘BringBackOurMoney’ crusade.
The UPP leader explained that the country needed a new beginning, which called for accountability.
He said the crusade sweeps across all the senior members of opposition political parties who either served in government or had dealings with government.
“The #BringBackOurMoney! Crusade is against all thieves who have over the years transformed government into a cash cow. The high indebtedness and economic hardships that Zambians are being subjected to stem from corruption by a selfish PF leadership. UPP was the first to blow the whistle on plunder of public resources and we have paid a heavy price including an illegal detention for 7 days and 7 nights,” said Chishimba.
“The media has also paid a price, especially The Post, MUVI TV, Komboni Radio and others that were shut down at the hands of the repressive PF regime. We need a cleansing in our nation.”