Power and Politics

Govt welcomes proposals for provision of allowances to ex-Vice presidents


The government has welcomed Citizens First’s proposal to bring the issue of providing allowances for the subsistence needs of former vice presidents before parliament.

Government Chief Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa, stated that the government was open to such recommendations to improve the welfare of the country.

Speaking during a press briefing in Lusaka on Monday, Mweetwa said the decision to provide allowances for former vice presidents would need to be made by the cabinet to support them in precarious situations.

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“Given that after they left office they were left to fend for themselves,” he added.

Mweetwa encouraged politicians to acknowledge government’s right actions and to speak up on overlooked issues, promoting constructive political discourse.

“Not every day, as a leader, should you be calling yourself a snake, violent, or sly, and engaging in negativity,” Mweetwa remarked.

He also criticised the political approach of former President Edgar Lungu, stating it was unhealthy for the country.

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