NAREP drops its national secretary Kamanga

THE National Restoration Party (NAREP) has with immediate effect dropped its national secretary Jevan Kamanga in its on-going re-organisation.

NAREP Head of Administration and Presidential Assistant David Kapoma made the announcement in Lusaka yesterday and said the party had since appointed Mr Mabvuto Mwanza to act as interim national secretary.

“It is with a sense of regret that I announce the mutual end of a relationship that has spanned a period of over two years of Reverend Jevan Kamanga serving as our National Secretary,

“ The party has since appointed Mr. Mabvuto Mwanza to act as interim National Secretary and all communication to the office of National Secretary should be channelled to him,” said Mr Kapoma

He said as a party undergoing re-organisation, NAREP would continue to strive to meet the leadership demands and expectations of our country.

Mr Kapoma said Zambia was going through great turmoil and uncertainty as it faced crisis of confidence after crisis of confidence in the economic and political areas.

“Many of the challenges are not insurmountable but they need clear vision and determined leadership to steer through the obstacles to development,” he said

Mr Kapoma said as a party, the leadership had taken stock of its failings and believed that problems facing any organisation, if responded to with courage and conviction, could help over the long term to strengthen that which was weak and create a more effective organisation.

“We assure the Zambian electorate, our members and our future generations of our unwavering commitment to the ideals and principles on which NAREP was founded,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kapoma said the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) must be proactive in fighting corrupt allegations in oil procurement instead of waiting for Presidential directives. He said the ACC should move in and start investigating corruption allegations in the procurement of oil which led to shortages in the country a week ago.

“If ACC can move in then we will be seeing that our law enforcement agencies are going to be considered to be efficient as opposed to a situation where they just wait to be told to start investigations, they should learn to act for themselves,” Mr Kapoma said.

He said all officials suspected of corruptly involving themselves in the crude oil procurement should be brought to book so that they can account for their actions which led to the country to experience a fuel shortage.

Last week, President Edgar Lungu ordered law enforcement agencies to probe the fuel crisis that affected parts of the country.  According to Cabinet resolutions released to the media, the President had noted that some individuals deliberately worked to sabotage fuel supply for purposes of financial and political gain.

President Lungu said he had, therefore, taken charge of the matter and would involve all the necessary Government departments and agencies to bring about a definitive end to the recurrent fuel shortage the country experiences.

Mr Kapoma said the decision by President Lungu to have oil procurement process investigated was a good move and was welcome.

“It looks very clear that we got to a point where corruption was rampant in the procurement of fuel and if you compare with other neighbouring countries their fuel is cheap,” he said.

Mr Kapoma said NAREP was hopeful that the investigations would yield positive results and be done in an impartial manner.

He said whoever would be found wanting because of criminal activity in oil procurement must be brought to book and be made accountable for the wrongs which they have done.

“If found, offenders need to be made to realise that criminality in the oil procurement does not only affect them but the Zambian people,” Mr Kapoma said.

He said it was unfortunate that leaders were involving themselves in corruption to the level where the citizens were directly affected.

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