VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has told parliament that youths protesting against corruption and other vices are being misled by politicians.
Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Monze Central UPND member of parliament Jack Mwiimbu cautioned Vice-President Wina against trivialising problems at the national registration office in Monze district.
Responding to a question from Livingstone UPND member of parliament Mathews Jere, who wanted the government’s confirmation that the Honeybee contract was signed with the Ministry of Health before the company was incorporated in Zambia, Vice-President Wina accused opposition parties of carrying out a sustained campaign against government.
Jere observed that one of the reasons youths protested earlier in the week was the rampant corruption in the country.
“The member should know that some of our young people are misled and misinformed by politicians. And this is not a new thing; it is part of a programme of some political parties to discredit this government. And this has been sustained from 2016 to today; and it will continue for as far as I see, to paint this government as a corrupt government. And this is not the only campaign young people are being persuaded to go in the bush,” said Vice-President Wina during the Vice-President’s question time, as opposition members of parliament interjected with murmurs. “Honourable members, I don’t know why some people object to my saying what I’m saying because that is the truth of the matter. The young people are being told stories that cannot be verified, including some issues of corrupt activities. When these cases have been proved, then we cannot expect this government not to condemn. But just to take actions on the basis of perception, on the basis of misinformation, it is to mislead our people, especially the youth. Mr Speaker, this government will not condone corruption, and this is a fact, yes.”
And Mwiimbu told Vice-President Wina to take problems related to the issuance of national registration cards seriously.
This was after Vice-President Wina gave a casual response to Bweengwa UPND member of parliament Michelo Kasauta who complained of serious “segregation” from the government when issuing national registration cards.
Kasauta asked Vice-President Wina why the Ministry of Home Affairs had given instruction to issue national registration cards in Monze, 30 days after application.
“You honour, the Vice-President, what honourable Kasauta has raised is a serious issue. It is happening even in other places in Southern Province. Now that you know, what will you do since these are instructions from headquarters?” asked Mwiimbu.
In response, Vice-President Wina said, “I do not believe that the Ministry of Home Affairs can instruct its officials in the district not to issue NRCs”.
“I have explained earlier that if there was non-availability of these materials in a given registration office, perhaps a person would be told to come when these materials are available,’’ said Vice-President Wina.