FLASH BACK:Mwanawasa never delegated Mpombo

FORMER vice president George Kunda in January 2011 rubbished claims by former defence minister George Mpombo that president Levy Mwanawasa had appointed him to act as president when he left for Egypt for the African Union (AU) summit.

In his ministerial statement to Parliament, Mr Kunda dispelled assertions that president Mwanawasa had delegated the instruments of power to Mr Mpombo on his last trip to Egypt.

Mr Kunda told Parliament that according to the Government Gazette notice number 307 of 2008, President Mwanawasa delegated the functions of the presidency to then vice-president Rupiah Banda from June 28 to July 2, 2008. Mr Kunda was responding to Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda (PF), who wanted to know whether Dr Mwanawasa legally delegated the functions of the head of State before he left for Egypt on his last trip in 2008, under which Gazette notice the functions were delegated and to whom.

Mr Lubinda had posed the query during the session on questions for oral answer. Mr Kunda said President Mwanawasa did not delegate any functions of head of State to Mr Mpombo and no such Gazette notice existed.