Kambwili warns union leaders over lies

THE Patriotic Front (PF) does not use public resources in political campaigns and such careless insinuations have the potential to install anger in citizens and cooperating partners which may lead to withholding of aid to Zambia, says Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili 

He said in a statement yesterday that under the multi-party dispensation, the ruling party would not be allowed to use public resources for political campaigns.

Mr Kambwili said such insinuations were unfounded, unfortunate and inordinate.

He was reacting to Allied Workers Union of Zambia president Davy Chiyobe who was quoted in the Post Newspaper alleging that Government had used workers’ salaries for political campaigns ahead of the August 11 general elections.

“Government wishes to state that under the multi-party dispensation, a ruling party cannot be allowed to use public resources in political campaigns. Government further wishes to state that if it was done in the past, the Patriotic Front Government will not and shall never use public funds for partisan programmes.  That is why the statement attributed to Mr Chiyobe was unfortunate, unfounded, and inordinate, “Mr Kambwili said.

Mr Kambwili who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services said that Government raised revenue from taxpayers’ money and also receives money from donors on behalf of the Zambian people and those insinuations of misapplications were distasteful.

He said that he wanted to remind civil servants that that the official pay day was the last day of the month but that in the recent past Government had paid them earlier because funds were sourced earlier. However, due to reduced cash-inflows caused by various economic factors Government was unable to pay salaries earlier than usual.