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Written by on July 30, 2020

GEARS INITIATIVE ZAMBIA is pleased at the quick action taken by  President Edgar  Lungu to relieve former Education Minister, David Mabumba of his duties following the social media reports of his infidelity actions.

GEARS Initiative Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi however regrets the double standards being done when it comes to issues of immorality.

Mr Chipenzi has charged that President Lungu and the National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister, Godfridah Sumaili, have not been inspirational in safeguarding and inculcating good national values and morals as they are in the habit of applying selective justice.

He says some ministers have committed, not only the same moral sin, but have broken the provision of the Penal Code Cap 87 section 177 of the Laws of Zambia yet have been accommodated while others have been instantly fired.

Mr Chipenzi has questioned why Minister of Health, Dr Chitalu Chilufya who was arrested and now appearing in court for alleged corruption  has not been relieved of his duties on account that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a competent court yet former Minister of Community Development, Emerine Kabanshi was fired without being found guilty by any court.

He says Dr. Chilufya’s continued stay at the ministry in the given circumstances and his continued presiding over the daily updates on the Covid-19 in the country is dampening donor support to the fight against Covid-19 due to trust issues.

And GEARZ has since demanded for justice and fair application of national values, principles and morals to all those who might have gone against them and further demanded that Dr Chilufya be relieved of his duties.

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