K1.5 b for Sata’s wife: MPs Walk out parliament

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Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) today walked out of the House to the surprise of ruling Patriotic Front (PF) members in protest over the allocation of K1.5 billion to president Michael Sata’s wife  in 2013 national Budget.

But the following traitors, in addition to MMD MPs serving in the PF regime,  remained in the house: MMD Keembe MP Ronnie Shikapwasha, MMD Chipangali MP Vincent Mwale, MMD Mpongwe MP Gabriel Namulambe and Kasenengwa MP Victoria Kalima.

This happened when United Party for National Development (UPND) Monze MP Jack Mwiimbu rose on a point of order to get clarification whether Government had created office of the First Lady in view of K1.5 billion allocation.

UPND Kalomo MP Request Request Muntanga also wondered why Government could allocate such huge funds when there was no office of the First Lady in existence.

But Vice President Guy Scott told the House in response that the allocation of the funds did not mean Government had created the office of the First Lady in the country.

Dr Scott explained that First Ladies from across several countries were allocated with resources and that the Zambian First Lady was committed to assisting in areas of improving health services.

“First Ladies are supported in many countries and there is no office what we have is Cabinet office,” Dr Scott said

It was at this point that the opposition MPs stood up and walked out of the House leaving MMD appointed Deputy Ministers with PF members.

“Why walking out…they should be around in the House and listen to their questions,”Dr Scott said

The walk out of the MPs however, never interrupted business in the House as deliberations conducted by Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini went on smoothly.

The opposition MPs assembled at the Parliament building public foyer where they held a caucus meeting.

When contacted for a comment, MMD Chief Whip who is also party Nalikwanda MP Geoffrey Lungwangwa said they would call for a press briefing within the course of the day to issue a comprehensive statement.

But speaking in an exclusive interview, Dr Scott wondered why the MPs could abruptly walk out instead of listening to their favourite questions.

“Why walking out…they should be around in the House and listen to their questions,”Dr Scott said

The MPs after a long stay outside, however started trooping inside the House one by one after the mid-morning tea break

Meanwhile, the Zambia Direct Democraacy Movement (ZDDM) today presented a petition to Dr Matibini in protest of allocation of the
K1.5 billion to the First Lady.

Presenting the petition signed by ZDDM president Edwin Sakala and his vice Joshua Kafumbo to Mr Pande at the entrance of the main gate to
Parliament, the duo stated that the office of the First Lady never constitutionally existed.

“Our understanding and that of our membership is that the office of the First Lady does not constitutionally exist hence does not qualify to be allocated such funds as there is no justification to support it hence our Hon August House is in the wrong to vote for the allocation,” the duo said

They appealed to Mr Pande to lobby the Parliamentarians to revisit the bill and that the office of the First Lady should be formally constitutionalised before funds were allotted to it.

In another development, ZDDM raised concerned on continued stay in office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mutembo Nchito and why Parliament ratified him as they alleged that he had some criminal cases in courts such as K14 billion owed to then Zambian Airways where he was a director.

In receiving the petition, Mr Pande who was accompanied by MMD Kasenengwa MP Victoria Kalima and UPND Mbabala MP Ephraim Bbelemu, assured the duo that he would deliver it to Dr Matibini saying they had raised issues of national matter

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136 Responses to K1.5 b for Sata’s wife: MPs Walk out parliament

  1. That is the meaning of Chimbwi no plan

    Southern watchman - December 2, 2012


    T.H - December 1, 2012

  3. I tell you this Scott guy has turned out to be a huge disappointment! One would have hoped he’d bring a touch of class to Parliament (him being white and all). What’s embarrassing is to hear him talk the African politico-speak! White trash, anyone?

    Sumerian - December 1, 2012

  4. Mr. President, The People who voted you in power have rejected this motion. Please listen to peoples request. It does not pay to be adamant. The first lady should also understand that she is not entitled to government funds, period.

    tswana - December 1, 2012

  5. The teacher asked…class, who is the minister of health? The class answered, ”kaseba but she doesn’t have an office in the constitution due to mis apropriation of funds by the government”

    ROOTCAUSE - December 1, 2012

  6. Guy Scot said.”There is no office”. Why then allocate funds to a non-existent office? I think the PF are acting like fools: why not create the office first and do things the correct way? These guys act like dunderheads. When challenged, there answer is:”they are better bcoz they lost the elections”. We are tired of this Kabimbi/PF answer. This is taking Zambians for granted. Wait and see.

    Michael Chilufya Mumembe - December 1, 2012

  7. The contention that Sata is being open by making an allocation for his wife amounts to the most demented thinking I have ever heard. Even for stinking thieving northern alliance janjaweed baboons, this is very low.

    khumalo Mzilikazi - December 1, 2012

    • Explain your points before you fire a salvo of unprintables, otherwise you will have just proved a point that you are not a serious commentator. First ladies in this country will always expend money on Government expense. How should such expenditure be provided for? Would you and your MP support establishment of a First Lady Office to which funds could be allocated in the budget?

      Specta - December 1, 2012

  8. The shall neva be a president like Mwanawasa. when pipo cry he would listen.

    pilato - December 1, 2012

  9. Imwe Bantu I mentioned last week that if Kaseba desparately need this money,let her ask her husband to push a bill in parliament for CREATION of FIRST LADY’s Office first.What PF govt is doing is just putting a CART before a HORSE.We know State House fuctions-be it First lady’s travels or whatever are budgeted under STATE HOUSE vault.So those idiots who are supporting this illegal allocation do not know what they are doing now.As for Kaseba she better decline this allocation as she doesn’t have an office called FIRST LADY’s office in our constitution.Besides that, all the staff that assist her as she gallavants around zambia and the world are already on GRZ payroll.We know Kaseba has a habit of carrying excess laggage(relatives)as she travels around the world and wants part of this money to pay them(relatives and friends)as Perdium/allowances.That is illegal madam .Zambians are aware that last time she travelled to Brazil,Kaseba carried her younger sister with her-Fred Yamba’s wife at govt expense.Then the other time she travelled to Europe she also carried this Ka luanshya Mayor -Nathan Bwalya Chanda at govt expense also.Please Madam Kaseba keep away from unnecessary problems after 2016.I rest my case.

    The Eyes of an Eagle - December 1, 2012

    • Even the creation of such stupid office such as the office of the first lady should not be tolerated. They will just be conduit for thieving and corruption. Imwe bantu let her form ka ngo so that well wishers can fund her and it will be chewed without any fuss. Why the PF is insisting on giving her hot money is what I don’t understand. That money burns baba

      Umkonto We Sizwe - December 1, 2012

  10. after tea taking they started trooping in meanig boycot was motivated by hunger period (hp)

    Hot dog (galu yo tentha) - November 30, 2012

  11. ok

    Hot dog (galu yo tentha) - November 30, 2012

  12. come 2016

    Politics - November 30, 2012

  13. mwanasha ne sha

    low battery - November 30, 2012

  14. I miss Levy, he had no time with stupidity! Just bcoz bakusova yakumbuyo ati “I will give u 1.5 Billion”

    Mzilikazi - November 30, 2012

  15. i would like to hear from our professors, that is Hasungule and Ndulo being constitutional lawyers, why are they so quite, ni chani chavuta. Please say something may be some people will listen to you.

    miss zambia - November 30, 2012

    • Where are those vociferous champions of the voiceless? Dr. Roger Chongwe, where are you? Its time all you guys stood up to be counted!

      patriot - December 1, 2012


        THINKU - December 1, 2012

  16. Why do you care anyway, it’s the donors who shuld be screaming about this. This is donor’s money and not tax revuenue. Zambia doesn’t have that much tax revenue to make a balanced budget.

    Zimbwi no brain - November 30, 2012

  17. Just wondering…where does the money come from when first ladies in African meet? I recall kaseba being elected vice chairperson. So if the meeting is in Cairo, who will pay for that? Sata’s pocket money? Of from the president’s dicretonary funds/zamtrop? Will abuse of public funds cease if certain costs are hiden under his allocation. Maybe govt should just move that 1.5billion to tge same account and tgese shameless horrible MP’S will stop dunning away from debates! Just debate xont run away!

    enlightened - November 30, 2012

    • Kaseba is not the first lady zambia has ever had you fool! Many First lady’s have been to those so called meetings and none of them where allocated such ridiculus sums of tax payers money! Dnt be an idiot you fool

      Vigilant Citizen (I AM BITTER) - November 30, 2012

  18. Is it going to be audited?

    Cry my beloved country - November 30, 2012

  19. Soon after tea break they walked back in ninshi bakuuta.

    Nomba ninshi? - November 30, 2012


      man of the people - November 30, 2012

  20. So many scums it’s becoming quite a challenge to keep track. We have had 4 previous first ladies & nobody heard of this. So why now?

    shi mpundu Nshiwamya - November 30, 2012

    • The previous 4 first ladies used to spend your tax Kwachas, the difference is that first lady’s probable expenditure has now being brought into public domain

      A benny! - November 30, 2012

      • i agree with, how was maureen and others moving around the world? This is the bad part of being honesty so that you know that movements are government funded. Where do you think money comes from for their travels?
        People be appreciative,dont just be hichilemised for nothing. He wont take zambia anywhere!!
        Just cheap talk,talk and shit.

        kanchule mano - November 30, 2012

  21. When we tell you that Zambia has retards in government we mean it. How can a vic-president say, “First Ladies are supported in many countries and there is no office what we have is Cabinet office,” as a reason for allocating money to Kaseba. If Scott cannot even understand that you only allocate money to an established government office, then the country is in real trouble.

    blago - November 30, 2012

  22. The money is meant to let kaseba forget about Suba other wise she would not be in state house

    Chibwa chamazakala - November 30, 2012

  23. It is 100% wrong,health issues, where is the Ministry of health.ifyabupa,wz thnkn Grand scott being a Muzungu will oppose foolish ideas lyk allocating 1.5 billion to the first lady wen Zambians ar going thru hell.

    muntu - November 30, 2012

  24. it is wrong and we support the walk out.as above bloggers what will stop satana to locate funds to inutu.

    master - November 30, 2012

  25. The first lady should not be allocated these fund and if Dr. Scott is saying she committed to assisting in areas of improving health services my suggestion is let this money be channeled in the Ministry of health which has the mandate to improve health services and if she need money for that let her seek it from the donors and other well wishers. Zambians belatwibila tulelolesha this is a conduit pipe to embezzle public resources

    Wapya Baisa - November 30, 2012

  26. opposition is doing the correct thing- oppose. next it will be sata’s children slash fund.

    himas - November 30, 2012

  27. If it is subjected for audit then it is fine, than not knowing the source of her monies to her organisation.

    Marino - November 30, 2012


    Satire - November 30, 2012

    • Iwe First lady is not a constitutional office. Her job is to look after the Presidents special needs. Not to chew or chop our money. When you were voting for CNP did the ballot paper include his wife’s photo. if the answer is no then why should she chop our money.

      Bullman - November 30, 2012

      • Sorry but you need to quit using tired tactics to defeat alternate arguments and use real facts. There a first ladies round table under COMESA and SADC. If the Zambian first lady participates in the COMESA activities, it will be at Government expense whether you like it or not. So, under which vote should her expenses be? that’s the question here

        Satire - November 30, 2012

        • But there is no such office. Period. Establish the office first and allocate funds then we will agree with you.

          Umkonto We Sizwe - November 30, 2012

          • Spot on, will the creation of such an office be welcome?

            Satire - November 30, 2012

          • Exactly. We don’t need another government office being created for no purpose. For now when she attends the First Ladies round table or any other function for that matter she can use state house funds as she has all along.

            Joseph Mbesuma - December 1, 2012

        • People are suffering in zambia and your’re there talking about sadc round table meetings that wont even help an avarage being just wasting money travelling unneccesarily ataseh

          Vigilant Citizen (I AM BITTER) - November 30, 2012

  29. no matter how they try to justify this unconstitutional office, its not just right. they want to swiddle us like the way Nchito,Mummembe and mahtani are doing to zambians

    wapazed - November 30, 2012

  30. it is a shame to our country. many countries are budgeting for the first lady rather than getting money from the state house account. guys let us be objective and appreciate the little we have. some people they do not see anything good because they suffer from low-self esteem. zambia will be a better place to live by 2020. wether with pf or upnd or mmd or narep

    jackson mubela - November 30, 2012

    • @jackson,no one is saying it is wrong,but if they want to allocate money to office of the first lady it must be in the constitution as a constitutional office the way other countries have done,but for now it is a criminal offence to allocate money to a non exixtant office

      zambian youth - November 30, 2012

    • You start by securing a place on the floor before you start looking for the mat to spread.Simple language,constitutionalize the office first and the look for funds to run it.

      Black Bull. - November 30, 2012

  31. Why can’t this Kaseba idio.t go back to work if she’s bored with State House? Kaseba you’re a medical doctor , go and practice your medicine. Keep away from our money madam marriage breaker! Your so called Catholic Husband with whom you are living in sin recently increased his salary and allowances by 150%. He is also building his retirement home. He does not use his salary for anything. He is basically living with you at taxpayers expense. It seems you two are kleptomanias….you are criminals. Keep those fcuking fingers of yours away from the Nation’s cookie jar! Enough is Enough. As for Guy Scott…..no surprise there! Education was wasted on you! Even Idi Amin had a sidekick….He was also white and of Scottish descent!

    Kgalema - November 30, 2012

  32. i don’t understand why mps shud be debating a straight forward issue. its unconstitutional and hence corruption at full cost

    zoo magani - November 30, 2012

  33. It’s total lawlessness…the K1.5bn allocation to the first lady is unconstitutional…..where are all intellectual politicians & technocrats?….you have betrayed our motherland…

    political analyst - November 30, 2012

  34. mrs sata doesn’t need to get that huge chunk of money..why..should she..?

    taliban - November 30, 2012

  35. Is it true that europians born in Africa are just white in colour but their brains are like that of Africans. Full of wild and primitive thinking unable to distiguish wrong from right as well as being destructive by nature? Science and logic has permanently escaped their senses.What a pity.

    Advocate - November 30, 2012