Political commentators has advised political parties in the country to be accountable especially when it comes to public funds.
This follows media reports that political parties get an allocation of 8 million Kwacha per 3 months which is 160 million Kwacha in 5 years but the funds are not audited.
One of the political commentators in the country Latim Matenje said the fact that political parties especially those on the opposition side cannot come out to account for what they get from public coffers then they cannot be good leaders.
”It is sad that opposition parties are failing to account for what they get from public coffers then they cannot rule the country properly if voted into power,” said Matenje.
He added that in a democratic society accountability is important but the indication portrayed by the parties show that they cannot manage public funds.
Matenje further said that there is need for the speaker of Parliament to urge the parties to account for the funds otherwise the National Assembly should stop giving the funds to the parties.
The parties receive the money because section 40 sub section (2) of the constitution says parties which got a minimum of 10 percent of votes during Parliamentary elections are eligible for funding.