Power and Politics

Kalaba cites bias in appointment of pro-UPND former vice presidents as special envoys


Harry Kalaba, the Citizens First (CF) party leader, has welcomed President Hakainde Hichilema’s decision to engage former Vice Presidents as Special Envoys.

He made these comments in a statement issued in Lusaka on Friday, responding to the announcement that all former Vice Presidents had been engaged as Special Envoys.

However, Kalaba advised the President to present this initiative before Parliament to ensure that the benefits accruing to former Vice Presidents were properly managed and do not result in them having to pay back to the state.

Kalaba cited the case of former ministers who had to refund their salaries after accruing them wrongly.

“The terms of accruing these benefits should also be clear, just like it is for the Office of the former Republican President,” he said.

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Kalaba also expressed concern that the “special envoy appointments” and functional missions seemed to favour two former Vice Presidents, Enock Kavindele and Dr. Nevers Mumba, who have been issuing statements indicating their alignment with the UPND.

“If they are special envoys and earning 80 percent of an incumbent Vice President’s salary, should they be this active in politics?” Kalaba questioned.

He called for an all-inclusive, impartial and more comprehensive approach to awarding benefits, extending the same consideration to other leaders who have served the nation with honor and distinction but do not currently enjoy any benefits.

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