NAREP blueprint cheaper-Chipimo

The National Restoration Party (NAREP) says the Zambian government is currently spending too much money running an oversized Cabinet and deputies compared to what is required in the implementation of the nine-month-long interim government Blueprint.

NAREP president Elias Chipimo said people should not be frightened about the cost of implementing the proposed interim government because it was nothing compared to what the country was spending on its day-to-day running of the country’s affairs under the PF government.

He said it was unfortunate that some people have misunderstood the intentions of the Blueprint and were spreading falsehoods against the objectives of an interim government.

“It is actually more costly to carry on with our daily expenses today than what we would require to fund the undertakings of the NAREP Blueprint.

“What we need now is a platform to sell the idea of the Blueprint to the people, to discuss the matter with the various stakeholders including the different political parties, civil society organisations (CSOs), the business community and for people to deliberate,” he said.

Mr Chipimo was speaking yesterday during the Millennium Radio morning programme, The Interview, where he explained that the Blueprint was not suggesting early elections, but rather calling for a united opposition front in 2016.

He said there was no need for people to get apprehensive about the Blueprint suggestion before they clearly understood what it was all about and its benefits to the governance system in the country.

Mr Chipimo said the Blueprint demanded for the country’s opposition and other stakeholders was aimed at picking out a non-partisan person to be elected as the interim Republican President for the prescribed nine-month period within which a cabinet shall be appointed outside parliament.

“We can find people who are not members of Parliament to run cabinet for the nine months period, who will assist the interim president to put things in place before another election that puts in place a new Republican President for a full term,” he said.

NAREP has proposed a system of governance which includes an election that votes in an interim cabinet and president for a period of nine months to iron out legal impediments in the constitution after which the county should hold official general elections.