LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has challenged people alleging that the Patriotic Front (PF) has engaged Timor Consulting, an Israeli-based company to manipulate the 2016 general elections in favour of the ruling party to provide evidence.
â€œThere is no relationship between Timor Consulting company and the PF government. Neither does this company have any relationship with State House nor the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
â€œReports that the PF has engaged this company are a fabrication aimed at misleading Zambians,â€™â€™ Mrs Wina told Parliament yesterday.
The Vice-President was responding to a question by Chongwe Member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Masebo (PF) who wanted to know whether Timor Consulting has a role to play in the 2016 general elections slated for August 11, 2016.
Mrs Wina said Timor Consulting is not known to the PF.
She said if PF wanted to contract a consultancy firm, it would have done so a long time ago.
Mrs Wina said Government would be grateful if information about Timor Consulting is provided.
But in a supplementary question, Sinda MP Levy Ngoma (MMD) asked if Timor Consulting exists in Zambia.
Mrs Wina responded that Zambians should not be misled by speculations being perpetrated by online media.
â€œThere is merely hearsay, and that is what I can say. I know not this particular company. I do not think the PF needs to import a consultant to win an election.
â€œWe have done it before, we did it without government resources and we won. What makes people think the PF needs such a company?â€™â€™ Mrs Wina said.
The Vice-President told the House that such allegations have potential to undermine the integrity of the PF and its members.
The Vice-President is disappointed that online speculation is being taken as truth.
And Monze Central MP Jack Mwiimbu (UPND) alleged that a former secretary-general of the PF was quoted as saying that a Kenyan organisation helped the ruling party to win elections.
But Mrs Wina responded that she is not aware of such claims by a former PF secretary-general.
â€œPlease bring evidence. So that we know these companies that are alleged to be dealing with Timor Consulting,â€™â€™ Mrs Wina said.
LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka