ADD president Charles Milupi has said President Michael Sata was too insensitive to the Zambian people by appointing justice minister Wynter Kabimba as acting vice-president amid serious corruption allegations he is facing.
Meanwhile, Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) leader Edith Nawakwi says President Michael Sata’s defence of Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba who is under probe by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) is a clear indication that the minister is above the law.
Milupi noted that even in the absence of vice-president Guy Scott, Sata could have appointed a dignified and credible person to act in that position instead of somebody who has no respect for constitutional offices such as the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
“The PF is too sensitive to what Zambians think. The people chose to fall for fake promises of the PF leaders and now they can see their true colours. It is up to the Zambians to judge the behavior of PF leaders,” the Alliance for Democracy and Development leader said.
Kabimba, as acting vice-president, officiated at the opening ceremony of the Zone Six Games at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium on Friday.
In the absence of vice-president Scott who is attending a SADC heads of state summit in Tanzania, Dar-es-Salaam on behalf of President Sata, Kabimba has been appointed to act even though many civil society organisations, political leaders and ordinary Zambians watched with shame how the PF Secretary General tried to interfere with the course of justice in corruption investigations against him.
In the past week, Kabimba has been embroiled in a wave of controversy after hiring a bus load of Patriotic Front (PF) cadres to accompany him when he appeared for interrogations for alleged corrupt activities in an oil deal at the ACC offices.
Kabimba is alleged to have solicited kick backs after pressuring the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) to award an oil supply deal to Trafigura Oil.
Instead of condemning Kabimba’s unruly behavior, President Sata urged the ACC to stop embarrassing his ministers in public making it clear the PF corruption campaign is only for window dressing.
Ms. Nawakwi says it is unfortunate that even the order of protocol puts Mr. Kabimba, as PF Secretary General above the Speaker of the National Assembly.
She says ACC Officers are only trying to perform public duties on behalf of the Zambian people should be allowed to operate independently.
The FDD leader adds that any public officer suspected of corrupt activities should be subjected to investigations by the ACC and that the anti graft body need not to seek permission carryout their mandate.
She says justice should be seen to be done in the corruption crusade the PF government has embarked on.
On Thursday, President Michael Sata urged the ACC not to investigate his ministers through the media.
He further said the ACC should seek his permission before investigating senior members of the ruling Patriotic Front party.