TRANSPARENCY International Zambia (TIZ) has called on UPND leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema to state his position on the infamous 48 houses now that his own UPND National Management Committee member and Opposition Whip in Parliament has together with his nephew Charles Loyana, sued ACC to surrender them back to him.
TIZ Executive Director Maurice Nyambe stated in a release that the UPND had been very vocal on the houses, but suddenly we have gone quiet after the owners were exposed.
Below is the statement in part:
“When the issue of the mysterious 48 houses was hot, the opposition UPND Leader went to town with it calling for thorough corruption investigations and arrests and we supported him but little did we know that the owner of the houses was a nephew to Hon. Situmbeko Musokotwane UPND Member of Parliament for Liuwa Constituency.
Mr. Hichilema went as far as storming the Anti-Corruption offices with his head held high but when it was disclosed that Mr. Loyana is Hon. Musokotwane’s nephew, who the former finance Minister employed when he served during the MMD regime, HH buried his head in the sand and pretended like he had never heard anything about the 48 houses. HH dragged in the name of Tasila Lungu shamelessly.
As Transperancy International Zambia, we would like to know the position of Mr. Hakainde Hichilema over the 48 houses now that Mr. Loyana and his uncle the UPND Chairman for Finance Hon. Situmbeko Musokotwane are claiming ownership of those houses.
The UPND must come out and talk with the energy like before over this alledged corrupt matter of his close friend’s nephew and he must tell the nation why Hon. Musokotwane is silent over this matter. Corruption should not just be corruption when the culprits are in Government or PF members. How will HH fight corruption if he can’t discipline Musokotwane? As Chief Whip Musokotwane is equivalent to a cabinet Minister and he drives a GRZ VX with a Ministerial flag, a Ministerial house, salary and allowances.
If President HH and the UPND mean well for this Country they should come out and condemn Hon. Musokotwane for concealing information regarding the owner of the 48 houses when the nation was asking for answers. Their silence over this matter is worrysome. If HH cannot discipline his Minister now, how will he discipline them after August?”