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NGO ASKS CONCOURT TO INTERPRET ASSET DECLARATION

By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA

CHAPTER One Foundation has asked the Constitutional Court to clearly state whether article 263 of the constitution which provides for public officers to declare their assets upon assuming office and after leaving is in conflict with article 261.

Article 261 requires that a holder of a public office must act within the code of conduct and ethics prescribed for that office by statue.

It has cited the Attorney General as respondent in the matter.

According to an affidavit in support of originating summons, Chapter One Foundation director, Suzanne Matale, showed many Ministers have declared their assets upon assuming office. Reverend Matale stated that by a letter dated January 13, this year, the NGO made a formal complaint to Chief Justice Ms Irene Mambilima regarding the failure of named Ministers to comply with their obligations under section 10 of the Parliamentary and Ministerial code of conduct Act chapter 13 of Zambian laws to annually declare their assets, liabilities and sources of income.

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