Addressing Fuel and Nshima Cost, Promoting Transparent Politics in Zambia key to building a functioning Zambia, Brian Mundubile dares HSH7
By Derrick Sinjela
Patriotic Front (PF) Chilubi Member of Parliament (MP) Mulenga Fube reiterated that ‘Fuel Costs’ play a significant role in determining the quality of daily lives of all Zambian citizens.
The Registrar of Societies is a Department under the Ministry of Home Affairs and exists under the Societies Act Chapter 119 of the Laws of Zambia formerly established as an Ordinance Act of 1957.
“The cost of everything from transportation to household expenses is determined by the price of fuel. However, recent developments have left many concerned about the government’s handling of fuel prices and the transparency of political decision-making.
Addressing fuel cost concerns will promote transparent politics in Zambia,” noted Fube, who reiterated opposition to persons serving on the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
During a PF Parliamentary Forum in the Press Centre, moderated by PF Milanzi MP Melisiana Phiri, the government’s decision to shut down and close the Tanzania Zambia Mafuta (TAZAMA) pipeline, expected to lead to a reduction in fuel costs was questioned.
Mr. Fube sought professionalism in the conduct of Chief Registrar of Societies, Ms. Thandiwe Mhende.
“Another critical aspect is the conduct of resource societies, which play a significant role in government decision-making. While some individuals within these societies may be tempted to engage in lawlessness, it is important to maintain professionalism and adhere to established protocols. Their actions should align with the principles of democracy and uphold the integrity of the political process. Societies should not be used as tools to exert influence on political parties but rather serve the greater interests of the Zambian people,” admonished Mr. Fube.
On Role of Political Parties, PF Lukashya MP, George Kangwa Chisanga reiterated a position that
‘Political Parties’, as vital components of democratic governance, must be governed by their own intra-party constitutions.
While the Registrar of Societies Act provides a legal framework, Mr. Chisanga says this regulatory body, through the Registrar of Societies must not dictate the operations and decisions of political parties.
“Each political party must establish its own constitution, determining how positions are filled and how internal affairs are managed. This separation ensures both the autonomy and accountability of political parties, fostering a healthy democratic environment,” noted Chisanga.
“Unfortunately, the outcome has been quite the opposite. Fuel prices have not only failed to decrease but have, in fact, increased significantly. This disparity between promise and reality raises questions about the government’s ability to fulfill its commitments to the Zambian people.
Transparency and Accountability:
To address public concerns, it is crucial for the government to engage in transparency and accountability. The disclosure of International Monetary Fund (IMF) balance details is an essential step towards creating a clear understanding of the country’s financial situation. By providing this information, the government can initiate a dialogue with the International Monetary Fund, renegotiating terms that could impact the cost of fuel products. Transparency enables citizens to hold their government accountable for their decisions and ensures that they are acting in the best interests of the people,” admonished Stephen Kampyongo, PF Chief Whip.
Mr. Kampyongo highlighted ‘Promoting Democracy and Responsible Politics as a sustainable pursuit of Democratic Good Governance.
“It is crucial to understand that decisions made within Registrar of Societies must not supersede the rights of political parties. The intention of the constitution, particularly Article 260, is to enhance democracy by ensuring political parties are registered and have a presence across the country. Hence, using the Registrar of Societies Act to undermine political parties is mischievous and contradicts the fundamental principles of political practice. Zambia should promote democracy, encouraging fair and responsible politics that prioritize the interests of the people,” protested PF Shiwang’andu MP Kampyongo, who served as Home Affairs Minister, under former Sixth (6th) Republican President, Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu (ECL)
In conclusion, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Counsel Brian Mundubile implored the
Zambian Seventh (7th) President, Hakainde Sammy Hichilema (HSH7) to address fuel cost concerns and ensure transparent politics to build public trust in the government.
Serving as PF Mporokoso Member of Parliament (MP) in the Northern Province, Counsel Mundubile advised President Hichilema that instead of tweaking with the electoral process, winning a second term can easily be attained through delivering on the Thursday, 12th August, 2023 electoral promises.
Said Mundubile: “It is imperative to fulfill promises made to the people, employ transparent financial practices, maintain professionalism within registered societies, and respect the autonomy of political parties. By doing so, Zambia can strengthen her democratic foundation, promote responsible governance, and create a future that aligns with the needs and aspirations of the 20 million plus citizens”.