MWILA NTAMBI, Trade Fair, Ndola
PRESIDENT Lungu will not tolerate deceitful people, especially on the Copperbelt, who are using his name and those of high
ranking government officials to extort money from unsuspecting contractors and individuals.
And President Lungu has called for a speedy inquiry into the events that led to a confrontation between Kitwe City Council police and a female street vendor who later died.
On June 16, council police officers had a confrontation with 29-year-old street vendor Anita Nakamba, who was detained for assault but she died six days after being released.
Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda told a media briefing here yesterday that the head of State does not and will not send anyone to solicit for money on his behalf.
Mr Chanda said some people are using the name of the ruling party to extort money from individuals and corporations purporting to have been sent by President Lungu, Vice-President Inonge Wina and other high ranking government officials.
“The President would like to sternly warn that such acts of criminal behaviour will not be tolerated. Contractors are advised not to succumb to solicitation of money from people with criminal intent,” he said.
He advised contractors and individuals being approached by those soliciting for money in the name of the President and other government officials to feel free to contact him or any State House officials for verification.
And President Lungu regrets the unfortunate death of Ms Nakamba and has castigated politicians trying to use the incident to cause confusion in Kitwe.
A post-mortem conducted on Ms Nakamba has revealed that she died of a partial stroke which arose from high blood pressure. Ms Nakamba was also two months pregnant.
President Lungu has since called for a speedy inquiry into the matter and has advised council police to exercise maximum restraint and avoid using excessive force when dealing with vendors.
Police have opened a criminal inquiry against two politicians who allegedly incited mourners to riot and engage in acts of lawlessness in Kitwe.
Mr Chanda said the behaviour of such politicians is shameful and embarrassing.
Meanwhile, Mr Chanda said Zambia continues to be a free, liberal and open society which respects the rule of law and separation of powers contrary to assertions that the country has degenerated into a dictatorship.
He also dispelled international media reports that Zambia wants to pull out of the International Criminal Court.
Mr Chanda said that Minister of Justice Given Lubinda will soon issue a ministerial statement in Parliament on the matter.