MINISTER of Home Affairs Davies Mwila says police have intensified investigations to bring to book more suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres who attacked Vice-President Inonge Wina’s private home in Nalolo in Western Province.
Mr Mwila said although one suspect was arrested, police are working round the clock to ensure that those who attacked Mrs Wina’s relatives are arrested so that the law can take its course.
Mr Mwila told Parliament in a ministerial statement yesterday that it is sad that the UPND cadres vented their anger on innocent citizens who were at the private home, smashing window panes.
Mr Mwila’s ministerial statement follows a point of order that was by Kapiri Mposhi member of Parliament (MP) Eddie Musonda (PF) last week.
Mr Musonda wanted to know what measures police are putting in place to curb the violence that has been experienced in the country, especially the recent attack on the Vice-President’s private home.
“My Government remains committed to upholding the rule of law and the fundamental freedoms of all citizens. I, therefore, call upon all political leaders to work within the law because all the police are interested in is to ensure that we maintain law and order at all times and safeguard peace in our country,” he said.
He said Government will firmly deal with cadres who are abrogating the law to ensure that there is peace and unity in the country.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice-President Bwalya Chungu told Parliament that all the civil servants were yesterday paid their November salaries through the direct debit credit clearing (DDACC) system and the treasury single account (TSA) systems.
Mr Chungu said some civil servants already started receiving their salaries yesterday and that all of them will be paid by the end of today.
He said this in response to a question by Katombora MP Derrick Livune (UPND), who wanted the date on which civil servants are paid their salaries each month and why the November salaries had not been paid by November 24.
Mr Chungu said the total civil service wage bill for the month of November is K1.5 billion and that salaries for civil servants for this month did not delay because they are paid according to the terms and conditions of the civil service.
The conditions state that the salary shall be payable on the last working day of the month in which it is earned or any earlier date which the Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance, may from time to time approve.
And Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili told Parliament yesterday that US$9.5 million has been spent in the first phase of the installation and commissioning of new digital television transmission system from Chililabombwe to Livingstone under the digital migration project.
Mr Kambwili also said K6.5 million has been released to the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) to procure new content production equipment such as cameras and editing suites.
He also said US$273 million is required to buy additional transmission and production equipment in addition to rehabilitating existing studios under phase two and three of the digital migration project.
The minister said this in response to a question by Kapiri Mposhi MP Eddie Musonda (PF), who wanted to know when ZNBC will be provided with modern equipment for news coverage.