By Eagles Reporter
The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) says the ‘Operation Recovery’ programme being championed by United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema should start with his offshore accounts and his transactions during the privatization process.
PF Media Director Sunday Chanda said the party will be more than glad to be part of this ‘Operation Recovery’ starting with the revelations made by the Paradise Papers some time back.
In 2017, Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was identified as one of the 120 politicians across the world that have used tax havens for tax dodging purposes.
The Paradise Papers, numbering 13.4-million leaked documents from Appleby’s offices in Mauritius, revealed how the rich evaded millions of dollars in tax and kept questionable business decisions under wraps.
The UPND leader this week posted on twitter that if elected in office in 2021, he will embark on a programme he will call ‘Operation Recovery’ aimed at recovering the lost money.
Speaking when he featured on Radio Phoenix’s Let the People Talk Programme on Tuesday, Mr. Chanda said the process will also help in recovering the monies saved in offshore accounts by some individuals who participated in the Privatization Process in the 1990s.
The PF Media Director emphasized that this will further help the country in understanding exactly what transpired during the privatization process.
He said the UPND leader should be the last person to talk about questionable transactions due to his involvement in the privatization process.
Mr. Chanda has also encouraged stakeholders to consider making their submissions on the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Bill Number 10, to the Select Committee.
He wondered why some Civil Society Organizations and some political parties are on rampage disregarding the NDF when they had an opportunity to contribute to constitutional refinement.
He pointed out that there are some progressive recommendations made by the NDF such as the mixed member proportional system of governance which will promote representation of various interest groups in society such as women and differently-abled citizens.
Mr. Chanda stated that such proposals if adopted, will help marginalized citizens such as the disabled to be part of the governance system.
“Let me make it very clear here Luchi (Presenter), even us in the PF we have not said yes to everything. There are some of the recommendations that we are not comfortable with and that is why we want to take advantage of the Select Committee to make submissions. So all stakeholders at this point are encouraged to do the same with those submissions they are not comfortable with. Then we leave it to parliament as it is mandated to make and amend laws of Zambia,” he said.
Mr. Chanda further stated that it was said by many stakeholders that the constitution had lacunas and that this is the more reason why the PF Government decided to refine the document.