Account for inquiry funds-HH

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu must release the findings of the commissions of inquiries established by President Michael Sata (late) soon after forming Government in 2011, UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has said.

Mr. Hichilema said Zambians have the right to know the findings of the commissions of inquiries because public funds were used for the investigations.

Upon assuming the presidency, Mr Sata established the Sebastian Zulu Commission of Inquiry to investigate the sale of Zamtel to LapGreen of Libya, while the Kingsley Chanda Commission of Inquiry was tasked to investigate the operations of the Zambia Revenue Authority.

President Sata also established the Wynter Kabimba Commission of Inquiry to investigate the oil procurement under the Energy Regulation Board.

He also established the chongwe commission of inquiry to probe the violence that flared in Western Province over the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.The findings were, however, not made public.

Mr Hichilema demanded that President Lungu should release the findings because public funds were used to set up all the commissions of inquiries.

“We appreciated the repossession of Zamtel but what we need to see is the findings of the commission. We don’t want commissions to be established for political purposes to fix opponents,” he said.

Mr. Hichilema said President Lungu would do Zambia a favour if he made the findings public for the benefit of the nation. ‘There was too much witch-hunt then and what we feel is that the only way forward is taking account of all the allegations made against some individuals. Look at the ERB commission of inquiry, certain individuals were named and have their names messed up by the report which stated that over K2billion was lost in the procurement of oil,” he said.

Mr Hichilema said it would be interesting to know what was contained in the Rodger Chongwe Commission of Inquiry on Barotseland and many other inquiries that President Sata established.

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