Fri, 30 Nov 2012 08:20:02 +0000
President Michael Sata will cost the country hugely for the unilateral decisions he is making to create or realign districts without consulting other interested stakeholders, says Alliance for Development and Democracy (ADD) president Charles Milupi.
Mr. Milupi said President Sata appeared to be making decisions on impulse without the input of his government colleagues in respect to the realignment of districts.
“It is only God who makes decisions without consulting anybody on the basis of orders like, let there be light. A President can’t do that because he is not God. I have looked in the Yellow Book and there is no budget line for the districts created.
“So where is the money going to come from for operations? This means the President needs to appoint District Commissioners and provide all the necessary requirements so that the offices can be functional,” he said.
He said President Sata’s decision to create five districts inWesternProvincelacked any credible basis, adding that he even surprised his ministers.
Mr. Milupi urged President Sata to properly plan for these new districts to ensure that when a decision was made, it should have been budgeted for and agreed upon by every interested party.
And UPND Moomba Constituency MP Vitalis Mooya questioned President Sata’s move to create more districts when the 2013 national budget did not have the provisions for that.
He said that the PF’s high pronouncements were detrimental to the growth of the nation as they were too ambitious.
President Sata recently announced the creation of five districts inWesternProvinceand construction of a modern stadium. He also created another district inNorthWesternProvince.