IT IS ridiculous to suggest that the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) will accept forged Grade 12 certificates from aspiring candidates from the Patriotic Front (PF) when the council is scrutinising certificates of all candidates irrespective of party affiliation, PF secretary general Davis Chama has said.
Mr Chama said assertions that the PF was having difficulties in finding parliamentary candidates because most of them allegedly did not have Grade 12 certificates were absurd and only coming from people who had become ‘‘politically disgruntled and disoriented’’.
Mr Chama said it was the duty of the ECZ to scrutinise and authenticate the Grade 12 certificates of aspiring candidates for verification and it was therefore absurd that the council would accept forged certificates from politicians from the ruling party.
He said in an interview that ‘‘even the notorious examining centres in Matero’’ that allegedly manufacture Grade 12 certificates would not be able to fool the ECZ and that politicians who attempted to present forged certificates should be ready to face the consequences of their actions.
Mr Chama was reacting to Matero member of Parliament (MP) Miles Sampa who claimed that some Cabinet ministers and other aspiring candidates in the PF did not have Grade 12 certificates and were allegedly attempting to forge the documents.
He said it was not fair to accuse the ECZ of helping politicians acquire fake Grade 12 certificates because such accusations had the potential to damage the integrity of the council.
“It is uncalled for to accuse the Examinations Council of Zambia that it is verifying and authenticating forged Grade 12 certificates from aspiring candidates from the PF. Those issuing such statements have certainly run out of campaign messages and are resorting to lies and cheap propaganda.
‘‘ECZ is a credible examination board and scandalising the institution would only serve to make the qualifications it has been awarding being doubted both locally and abroad. ,” Mr Chama said.
He said some opposition political leaders had been politically battered by the unprecedented infrastructure development programmes the PF under President Edgar Lungu had been implementing and were criticising the PF without the slightest idea of how the country was governed and that most of their political statements were either hollow or extremely ill-informed.