President Edgar Lungu says he is mandated by law to constitute a Commission of Inquiry on any matter and to do that, he does not need to consult anyone to do that.
Speaking at State House this morning when addressed a team of youths led by YALI Executive Director Andrew Ntewewe who matched there to present him with a petition to compel him to constitute a Commission of Inquiry into the privatization, President Lungu said he is still consulting his team before taking a step.
“I wish to thank you for the time you took out of your busy schedules to follow up on a matter of great interest. This matter has been on people’s minds and discussions have been held in various places. I have also had people pushing me on this subject matter. But like I said, the will of the people reigns supreme,” President Lungu said.
“Section 2 of the inquiries act allows me to set up a commission of inquiry and I am not obliged to consult anybody. But having heard the voices which have been across the country, North, South, East, and West throughout the country, I will take time to reflect on this matter and I will make a few consultations because what you have given me is a petition of signatures without giving me terms of reference,” President Lungu said.
“So, I will have to sit with those who are well vested with the matter of privatization and those who are very well vested with the law to tell me what will be the terms of reference for the commission. And also then we move in accordance with what the law provides. I think it’s a matter of time.”
President Lungu said whether people were sleeping or not during the privatization, those who were involved will have to answer to the people.
“We have to put this matter to rest and all those who were in it and were found wanting will have to answer to the people. Whether people were sleeping or not doesn’t matter but what is important is justice.
So, I assure you that it’s a matter of time, the commission will be constituted and all I am looking for are these gentlemen, ministers and others who are conversant with the matters to give me what we could consider to be appropriate terms of reference. And then we will begin identifying which citizens can be on this commission. All said and done, this is a patriotism that we want to see in this country,” said President Lungu.
Speaking earlier when introducing the youths to the President, Ntewewe said 42, 289 youths had signed the petition.