UPND ASKS ZESCO TO RETRIEVE CAMPAIGN VEHICLES
UPND national spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa has accused Zesco of having donated vehicles to the PF for campaigns during the just ended elections.
Mr Mweetwa said the UPND was aware of maneuvers by some senior Zesco employees to register the vehicles under individual PF officials.
He said it had come to their attention that a number of vehicles were bought using utility resources but were used in the PF campaigns without due regard to the law.
“We are aware and it has come to our attention that Zesco bought a fleet of Land cruiser and Hilux vehicles using its own resources and branded them PF and ECL 2021 and beyond. And we are aware of attempts to conceal the said state property into individual names,” he said.
Mr Mweetwa advised whoever was involved to immediately account and return those vehicles to the rightful owners before the whip was cracked.
He said the UPND government shall not allow the continued abuse of public resources for political expedience hence the need for ZESCO management to immediately own up and retrieve all the vehicles that were still under the custody of the PF members as that amounts to abuse of public resources and theft.
Mr Mweetwa also advised all parastatal and other government agencies that had ‘donated’ their fleet to the PF to immediately begin the process of recovery and account for those vehicles.
Efforts to get comments from both the PF and Zesco proved futile by press time.
BY SIMON MUNTEMBA