Zambia, IMF not in discussion yet-Wina

VICE-President Inonge Wina yesterday told Parliament that Government has not yet engaged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in discussions on the macroeconomic management of Zambia.

Ms Wina said once Cabinet had decided on the IMF roadmap, the country would be informed.

Responding to Mufulira Central PF Member of Parliament Evans Chibanda, the Vice-President said Government had not entered into discussions with the IMF.

Ms Wina said currently the Minister of Finance Felix Mutati was in Washington attending the regular annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank.

“So when Cabinet has decided on the roadmap on how to engage IMF, the country is going to be informed. At the moment, there are no discussions on the matter,” Ms Wina clarified.

And Ms Wina said the Government’s role was to maintain law and order in the country, adding that any individual found wanting would be punished.

The Vice President was responding to a question raised by Kabompo UPND Member of Parliament Ambrose Lufuma who accused the police of beating and brutalising a director of Komboni radio station.

The Kabompo lawmaker also accused police officers of being PF cadres.

“May I know why the fourth estate is being intimidated? Is it because you want to silence the opposition political parties?” Mr Lufuma asked.

But Ms Wina said there was no PF police, adding that the police officers belonged to the State and the Government of the Republic of Zambia.

She said to insinuate that the PF police beat up journalists was irresponsible.

Ms Wina said the story which Mr Lufuma raised in Parliament had been turned around because she was informed that it was actually a journalist at Komboni radio who attacked a police officer.

She said the Patriotic Front (PF) government was committed to upholding the rule of law.

“Mr Speaker, if individuals want to break the law with impunity, then there is no reason why they should not be punished. Mr Speaker, the Government’s role is to maintain law and order in the country,” Ms Wina said.

She said acts of lawlessness should not be condoned and State security would take action on anybody who broke the law.