With first lady Christine Kaseba-Sata having deserted Stated House due to marital dispute with President Michael Sata, government last Friday assigned Sata’s daughter Mumba and vice-president Guy Scott’s wife, Charlotte to officiate at the cancer awareness function in Muchinga provinc
And the Watchdog now understands that part of the differences in the first couple arose from a report concocted by the OP controlled by Inutut Suba sent to Mr. Sata alleging that the first lady was having an extra-marital affair with a junior medical doctor at UTH.
The report of the alleged affair is so serious that it involves some parternity issues.
First lady Dr. Christine, who has been championing the fight against cancer disease ran-away from State House on 1st November around 04 hours after fighting with president Sata over the president’s relationship with Inutu Suba.
President Sata and Suba have a son. Inutu Suba was recently promoted to Permanent Secretary for Special Duties at Cabinet Office. She is in charge of operations of the OP, the first time the Special Branch have a PS.
Several family elders and influential people to the first family have been spending days and nights at State House to try and reconcile Mr. Sata and the wife because of the potential embarrassment to the highest office but so far have failed.
One businessman who wanted to act as go between was told by Sata to just go back his business.
The first last’s whereabouts are not clear, but sources indicated that she may have travelled to her home area in Serenje, Central province.
The same day Dr. Kaseba run-away, 65 PF compromised MPs voted in favour of allocating K1.5 billion to the non-existent first lady’s office against 43 opposition MPs who voted against the move.
In supporting the illegal allocation, ceremonial Vice-President Guy Scott said there are no illegalities in allocating money to the First Lady’s office as the PF government wanted to enhance transparency in financial allocations and expenditure.
Debating the budget, Kalomo MP Request Muntanga (UPND) said allocating funds to the First Lady’s office would drag the office-holder into politics.
He said the First Lady’s office cannot be allocated funds because there is no structure to support and wondered how the money will be accounted for.
“How is she going to be supervised? This is the first time this is happening in the history of Zambia,” he said.
Senga Hill MP Kapembwa Simbao (MMD) said parliamentarians have nothing against the First Lady but what they opposed is the allocation of money without an establishment for the office.
Mafinga MP Catherine Namugala (MMD) said the office of the First Lady is not a constitutional office.
Ms Namugala said allocating funds to an office that does not exist constitutionally, is tantamount to creating “a slush fund.’’
With the beneficiary having run-away from such a huge allocation, it is not clear who will benefit from this tax-payers money.