CHIEF Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has assured the nation that he will issue a comprehensive statement on the public financial contribution to the funeral of President Michael Sata who died last year in October.
Mr Kambwili, who is Minister of Information and Broadcasting services said after ascertaining the details from the next Cabinet meeting on how much money Government raised from the general public as contributions to the State funeral, he would issue a statement.
He however said he was not privy to the money collected and that the issue has not been tabled in Cabinet
The minister said in an interview yesterday that since the people have queried the money, he would find out from the Cabinet.
“I must say that I have never been privy to how much was collected or any information about the money that was collected during president Sata’s funeral.
“But what I can do is that I will raise it in Cabinet so that we can discuss it because it has never come to Cabinet, it has never been tabled in Cabinet. Now that people have queried I will take it to the next Cabinet meeting and we will get back to the people on the details of how the money was used and how much was collected if any,” he said.
Mr Kambwili said the query by the public about how much money was received and how it was spent was an eye opener to the Government.
“It is an eye opener, we will look into it and then I will give a comprehensive statement. Otherwise, I don’t know how much was collected and I don’t even know on what account was it deposited. I don’t even know who was in charge of that account,” Mr Kambwili said.
He, however, said there was no proof the money was misused until he was availed with such details.
Mr Kambwili said the only things he knew was that Secretary to the Cabinet Rowland Msiska announced the opening of an account for the people to deposit money to contribute towards the State funeral of the president.
“There is no proof that the money was misappropriated…maybe, there was no money donated unless I have details on how much money.
‘‘What I know is that the Secretary to the Cabinet announced that there was an account that was opened in order for the people to deposit money to contribute towards that funeral.
“You and I don’t even know whether there was any contribution…so let me find out if any money was donated, and how it was used, that’s when I can answer back,” Mr Kambwili said.