United party For national Development (UPND) President, Hakainde Hichilema has described the amount of money being paid back by Ministers who illegally stayed in office following the dissolution of Parliament as initial payment.
But Lands Minister Jean Kapata says Hichilema is allowed to have dreams because dreams are for free and charged Hichilema will never win any election in Zambia in the first place.
Speaking to journalists at his New Kasama residence yesterday, Mr. Hichilema said that his Government would ensure that a proper assessment is done in order to determine the correct amount each minister was supposed to pay.
Mr. Hichilema termed the amounts being paid back ranging from K50, 000 and K60, 000 as initial payments, saying a proper assessment would determine if more money had to be paid back to Zambians.
“That money belongs to Zambians. They must pay. In fact, they must pay the initial amount now, that’s what I call it. Then, they will be required to pay more once the assessment is done,” he said.
But in an interview with Lands Minister Jean Kapata, she said Hakainde has always dreamt big but his record of loss is clear for all to see.
“This is the man who made riches through privatisation by undervaluing assets. This is the man who caused the assets in Livingstone to be sold to himself and his UPND Chief (Mukuni) in Livingstone who drives an expensive limousine while their subject in villages cannot afford 3 balanced meals and luxuries a day,” she said.
Ms Kapata said Hakainde Hichilema’s hands are soiled with dirty deals which only benefit his family while he gives promises to Zambians.
“Hichilema takes land away from rightful owners. That is why he has been dragged to different courts by poor people he has robbed of their inheritance. He should wait until (Chilufya) Tayali sends him behind bars like his other friend who said he was clean like Dr Kaunda’s handkerchief,” said Kapata.
Mr. Kapata said the Ministers will pay back the money but they have a right to sue and get the money back for the services they offered to Government.
“Former Ministers earned that money legitimately unlike Hakainde Hichilema and his friend who become rich at the expense of Zambia,” said Kapata.
She said the ghosts of dead people who suffered because of the activities of Hichilema during privatisation are haunting him and his new quest to take over properties from poor people should just remind Zambians that the man does not speak for them and cannot be trusted with State power and assets.