ACTIONAID Zambia says the failure by the ministers that stayed in office in 2016 to pay back after a Constitutional Court ruling is a violation of the rule of law, which they have sworn to abide by.
Country director Nachula Ziba said ActionAid looked forward to seeing ministers that stayed in office in 2016 after the dissolution of Parliament pay back accrued salaries and allowances.
Ziba said the Constitutional Court ruled that ministers were to vacate office with immediate effect and repay all the monies after the dissolution of Parliament in 2016.
She said it had been almost three years since the ruling and ActionAid hoped that the leaders would have a moral conviction to pay back the money.
“Therefore, the failure by the ministers to pay back after a court ruling was a violation of the rule of law, which the ministers have sworn to abide by. It is imperative that the ministers pay back the salaries and allowances they accrued based on the Constitutional Court ruling,” said Ziba.
“Additionally, in the current context of deteriorating economic conditions, we appeal to the moral conscience of the ministers to pay back the monies which in a small way could go a long way in addressing the current financial stress Zambia is experiencing. Under the current economic malaise, government needs every penny to improve its financial base and meet service delivery obligations in line with citizens expectations.”