LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Stakeholders in Zambia on Wednesday urged
President Edgar Lungu to ensure that former ministers pay back
money in salaries and other allowances they accrued when they
illegally occupied their offices as he embarks on his five-year
On Aug. 8 this year,
the Constitutional Court ordered the ministers and their
deputies to vacate their offices after they had remained in
offices following the dissolution of parliament in May. The
court also ordered them to pay back money they had accrued in
salaries and allowances during the period.
co-chairperson of the Zambia Elections Information Center (ZEIC),
said Lungu should ensure that the former ministers and their
deputies paid back the money they accrued.
He expressed concern
that despite the ruling by the court, none of the former
ministers and their deputies have returned the money owed,
adding that disregarding the court ruling would be setting a bad
precedent, according to a statement.
The government, he
said, needed to tighten its fiscal spending especially during
the time the country was facing harsh economic situations and
that the government should demonstrate its commitment to proper
utilization of public resources by ensuring that the money was
an electoral and governance expert, said it was unfortunate that
the government has remained mute over the issue.
He said it was
unfortunate that the government has not even disclosed how much
money the former ministers and the deputies should pay back
since the court’s ruling and has since challenged the Secretary
to the Treasury to reveal the total amount involved.
According to him,
the money owed belongs to Zambians and that the government
should not be secretive about it.
spokesperson of the opposition Forum for Democracy and
Development (FDD), said the issue should not be allowed to die a
natural death, and that the government should ensure that the
money was paid back because it would go a long way in financing
development projects, reported Zambia’s QFM radio.