Reflection: Esther Lungu’s K10, 000 Monthly pledge

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Esther Lungu

The First Lady is quoted to have pledged to give ZAMISE K10,000.00 every month, a move which is a good one as it will help ameliorate problems affecting the training services offered by this school addressing the present and future disability issues in the country.

I quote “I PLEDGE to contribute K10, 000 monthly for a year to Zambia Institution of Special Education (ZAMISE) for its operational costs. I am aware that the college faces a number of challenges in its operations. I have since pledged to be contributing K10, 000 every month until next year, First Lady Esther Lungu has said.”

But the question is, where does the First Lady work to have the K10, 000.00 to give each month and how much is her salary? When did she start work? Was it before the husband became president or after?

Or is she banking on the K1.5bn parliamentary allocation to the illegal office of First Lady in Zambia?

There is need for those close to her to shade more light on her pledge of K10,000.00 monthly donation as to where this money will be coming from.

Further, indiscriminate corporate donations to State House by investors and contractors can be a recipe for breeding corruption and unaccountable for wealth which consequently brings problems to the occupiers of that office once they leave office.

My proposal is that these donations must be declared publicly, be treated as public funds and accounted for by the Auditor General’s office since these donations are coming in by virtue of these people holding state offices. Such donations are state properties and must be treated as such.

It remains a mystery where the First Lady has all the sudden become wealth to start being mother Christmas and be in the same categories with donors.

From the blues and in short period of time of serving as First Lady, she has found enough money to gallivant the country and also make such indiscriminate donations.

Something must be investigated, if not now, after these people have left office to find the source of these monies.

We need to see transparency and accountability at state House and those occupying it. Accountability and transparency must start from there and it will be easy to trickle down to the lowest structure.

By MacDonald Chipenzi

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6 Responses to Reflection: Esther Lungu’s K10, 000 Monthly pledge

  1. Saudi Money is now singing!! ECL and his wife are birds of the same feather!

    Ndeloleshafye
    March 6, 2017 at 3:37 am
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  2. Stupid article!! Nonsensical! Rubish!! So to you Mr Chipenzi K10 000 per month is money that has caused u diarhoea. Even an ADC to the President can pledge this money so what about a first lady? Dont be cheap!! Fimbi kuyisebanyafye.

    Jerabo
    March 6, 2017 at 8:12 am
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    • If K10,000.00 is little money, why do more than 40,000 people wake up in the very early hours of the morning to queue up for a food pack worth K150.00.

      busybee
      March 7, 2017 at 3:03 pm
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  3. Mr chipenzi,the door to the 1st lady’s office is open. Instead of embarrassing yourself go there and ask.

    Kalunga Fred
    March 9, 2017 at 6:55 am
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  4. What ever the source, at least she is using the money for a good cause

    Gule Wamukulu
    March 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm
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  5. You must always ask for sources of funds our leaders and their lumpens are getting their money from to live these lavish lives we see they are enjoying. I do not believe Mrs Esther Lungu has ever worked on a job to earn anything more than K2000 in her life. And for her to start dishing out K10,000 every month without telling us where the she will get her money from foxes me out! Or is she picking her husbands’ pockets

    Ndeloleshafye
    March 16, 2017 at 5:52 pm
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