The United Party for National Development (UPND) has requested the Commissioner General of the Zambia Correctional Services to immediately withdraw the ten herds of cattle donated to Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo.
In a press statement made available to Lusaka Star,UPND Livestock and Fisheries Chairman, Mr. Raphael Muyanda said the ten animals donated to Mr. Kampyongo are disturbing and amount to corruption.
“We are giving the Correctional Services Commissioner General seven days in which to withdraw the cattle bought using public resources or we shall seek for a judicial review to ascertain the validity and legality of such a suspicious move,” Mr. Muyanda said.
He stated that the nation is aware of the poor and inhumane conditions in correctional facilities which Commissioner General, Dr. Chisela Chileshe and his team have failed to improve.
He noted that it was surprising that at a time when most Zambians are starving and are at a near-point-of-death due to hunger, the prisons would resort to such an immoral act.
Mr. Muyanda further indicated that the gesture is estimated to be worth more than K50, 000 which would have improved the conditions and welfare of prisoners in the country.
“The nation is still alive to the allegations of Mr. Kampyongo receiving four Ford Ranger vehicles from the supplier of the infamous 42 fire engines and he is now receiving ten herds of cattle from the prisons,” he said.
Mr. Muyanda further called on President Edgar Lungu to discipline his ministers and senior public officials involved in such schemes of abusing public resources with impunity resulting into poor service delivery in public institutions.