Hong Kong, Nov. 22– President Michael Sata’s administration has declined to meet the expenses of ex-president Rupiah Banda’s delegation to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where he has been invited to monitor elections by the Jimmy Carter Centre in that country.
DRC is bracing itself for presidential and legislative elections and authorities in that country have invited foreign observers to monitor the vote.
State House in Zambia said Tuesday; it would not pay for Banda’s delegation as the invitation from the US-based Carter Centre was personal.
“Since the invitation is to Mr Banda as an individual, government has difficulties in spending taxpayers’ money on other people he would want to accompany him on this purely exclusive invitation,” President Sata said.
The Zambian head of state has meanwhile congratulated his predecessor on his assignment as co-leader of the International Observation Mission for the presidential and legislative elections in the DRC.