Tembo questions Esther’s US trip

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The Patriots for Economic Progress has noted with dismay that Government has decided to send the First Lady, Esther Lungu, to travel to the United States of America with a delegation of 25 people, to go and receive three fire engines that were donated to Zambia.

PEP Leader Sean Tembo notes that the First Lady is not a Government official to be representing the interests of the nation, and the money used to finance such a huge delegation could actually buy five fire engines.

He said Government has essentially decided to fund a personal shopping spree of the First Lady to the United States, under the guise of receiving donated fire engines.

“Our view is that, firstly, the First Lady is not a Government official to be representing the interests of the nation, and secondly, the money used to finance such a huge delegation of 25 persons could actually buy five fire engines, so the trip was undertaken at a gross loss to the citizens of this Republic,” Tembo said in a statement today.

“As Patriots for Economic Progress, we have reason to believe that Government essentially decided to fund a personal shopping spree of the First Lady to the United States, under the disguise of receiving donated fire engines, which constitutes a blatant abuse of poor people’s taxpayers’ money.”

Tembo has since called on the Office of the Auditor General to scrutinize the trip.

“We wish to call upon the Office of the Auditor General to scrutinize this trip by the First Lady, and issue a pronouncement on the matter. Additionally, we wish to appeal to the moral conscience of the First Lady, for her to consider refunding to the treasury, the sums of poor people’s taxpayers money that has been wasted on this trip.

“As Patriots for Economic Progress, we wish to reiterate our previous position that those who occupy public office at whatever level, must not use their acquired positions to engage in merry-making at the expense of poor people’s taxpayers’ money.”

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