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NAREP is disappointed with the decision by President Lungu to continue with the wasteful policy of appointing two deputy ministers to certain cabinet portfolios.

NAREP President Elias Chipimo said as much as there is political expediency in using these government positions to reward loyalists, party faithful and general chancers as well as to entice Opposition MP’s people had hoped for a fresh type of politics that would recognise the suffering of the people and the need for our leaders to live by example by maintaining a small cabinet and by prioritising the creation of decent jobs and a decent standard of living.

Mr. Chipimo said it is not too late to re-organise the ministries and to trim down the bloated cabinet. He said it is not too late to lead by example.

President Lungu this week appointed 33 deputy ministers for the 21 government ministries excluding the Ministry of Finance that does not yet have a deputy minister or deputy ministers assigned to it.

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    • COMMON SENSE- H.E E. LUNGU NEEDS MORE MANPOWER THE PERIOD IS TOO SHORT TO 2016. AFTER 2016 HE WILL TRIM NO DOUBT. FOR NOW CUT HIM SOME SLACK. HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING, HE’S GOT TOO MUCH WORK TO DO. MEANWHILE U ARE FREE TO CRITICIZE..BUT HE GOT TO WORK.

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    • pollution of offices with fisushi by these deputy ministers no job to do just pwipwipwi kulamanikila ne fisushi ba kansembe ,chitotela ba Miles demoted

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    • BA lungu , we know your arms deal . Henry Banda , Reuben Banda , katumbi . Selling arms to Zambia army , ZAF and ZNS . Multi million US dollar deal . Your Alexander Chikanda as witness . That’s why you went on holidays for that deal . Lungu goes to Zimbabwe gets diamonds from Robert Mugabe and goes to Angola to sell . Since Zimbabwe is on get sell in Europe .

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    • Is it possible to think? Not just Ifintu ni Lungu. EL is our President, fools and not fools………Ifintu ni Lungu for what? Do not bring our president down because you are refusing to think!

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    • Bwezani Rupiah Banda wants to get rid of key members in the PF.

      He is the one behind lies against Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila and Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba. Why accuse the two ministers of meeting Dr Nevers Mumba? Even accusing the two ministers of challenging ECL. These are cheap politics of the past.

      Rupiah has observed that these are very close to H.E President Lungu, so in order to fulfill his ambitions he has embarked on a mission of causing a tumoil within the ruling PF. He want to take full control of the party.

      We the voters observed the same man bringing the MMD to its knees after his rule.

      RB should go back to his party.
      HE ECL should be very careful with this unpopular politician.

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    • Tafili uko tuleya my dear, ifintu ni nomba. Why have a ministry with 2 or three deputy ministers? What is it that the following simple hierarchy cannot do?
      1.Minister
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      2.Deputy minister
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      3.P.S
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      4.Directors
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      5.Heads of department

      Any additional staff at 1,2&3, ni ma lova chabe. They shouldn’t be there.

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  1. YOUNG CHIPIMO, LET THE SLEEPING DOG LIE! LEAVE LUNGU TO CONTINUE BLUNDERING. LET HIM WORK TO FATTEN HIMSELF AND HIS COHORTS AROUND HIM.THESE RECKLESS MISTAKES WILL GIVE US AMMUNITION AND POLITICAL LEVERAGE AGAINST HIM AS WE PREPARE FOR NEXT YEAR’S ELECTIONS.

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    • Do not be imaginative; Edgar Lungu has opted to go to work from day one. In case you have not noticed, the PF have made overtures to increase their battlegrounds to make Western Province a doubtful area for the main opposition and to solidify Eastern Province as a stronghold. The determining factor in the 2016 general elections will be about the status of former MMD MPs who will either run as independents, UPND or PF. UPND will remain alienated in Lusaka and Copperbelt Urban but will be marginally popular in Lusaka and Copperbelt Rural. Southern Province will remain unchanged but Eastern Province will now follow suit to back Lungu in the way the South backs HH. Central will be hotly contested for and N. Western will remain a UPND stronghold.

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    • @ Lord Voldemort (The Dark Lord)

      “UPND will remain alienated in Lusaka and Copperbelt Urban but will be marginally popular in Lusaka and Copperbelt Rural. ”

      Can you get some light in to your brain darkness and decide which one counts?

      Remaining alienated and by marginally popular at the same time?

      Like PF and giving People Driven Constitution?

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    • @Aleshaday: I will address you with respect since you are not hailing insults. Look, the word marginally means “by a small margin”. And I stated that UPND is still unpopular in Urban Lusaka and Copperbelt, you can check the previous results but was winning by small margins in Rural Lusaka and Copperbelt ie Rufunsa, Chongwe, Kafue and Masaiti, Mpongwe.
      I hope that is settled.

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    • This bloated cabinet with deputies to spear is a sign that my president is not aware of the issue of borrowing in order to pay a debt (Euro-bond). If he was aware and live to the issue and its negative impact on a poorly performing economy, he would have acted differently.

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  2. NAREP can easily make such an unguarded statement because the party does not have any MPs. If you are a party with MPs, you will realize that every party member needs to feel that they are taking part in governance and hence the reason for two deputy ministers. The consitution is very silent and states that “the president can appoint deputy ministers as he sees fit” it goes on. In my view, as long as MPs do not believe that their roles as law makers in the house is part of governance, there will always be a need to appoint deputy ministers.

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  3. Thought it was a young Cabinet yaba! not only is it blotted its full of madalas and very few young people .

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    • Good observation dear friend, but in any country, the majority of governance is made up of elderly individuals. The truth is that the ambition and mistakes that come with youthful minds are too dear to be made on the national stage. The truth is that youth is needed, but the quality of youth in Zambia is really questionable. As much as we can denounce people on the basis of age, let us denounce others on the basis of inexpirience.

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  4. It is job creation!In Zambia our politics are of the belly.I love the truth as potrayed by Bikiloni & Difikoti with their party symbol of “mutu wa nkumba”,it is to chew & chew & chew…. ,baba ungasalepo!

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  5. Thats what it means when people vote for unfounded selfish interest. Its like ECL still receives instructions from the Embassy Park. surely looking at the performance of our economy under Chikwanda? A person who reasons on his own cannot go ahead and re appoint him as F/ minister.
    ECL is acting on instructions from people known or unknown to us. “He was just told that this one and this one are my relatives who should be left where they are when Im gone”
    This is what we are seeing now. The country is in the hands of *****s.

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    • I agree that Chikwanda is not fit to be finance minister. That said, every president operates under careful advice. Actually, on the deputy ministers, only about 2 changes have been made, so when you say that he is being instructed, how can Sata instruct Lungu when Sata is dead? Look, we have to be fair in criticism. Edgar Lungu has made far better appointments than Sata did. There is some merit to the appointments. That said, it would be good if Lungu actually started launching policies for us to be able to judge him appropriately. Chikwanda needs to be replaced, I agree. But then, finance ministers are not replaced anyhow.

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    • The county is in the hands of Zambians who voted for PF. They will be the same people who will vote PF out when they are fed up. So do not panic. If majority continue to favour PF, you have no choice baba.

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  6. @Lord Voldemort you almost well noted, but you have shot yourself in the foot.

    So, does it mean that pleasing a lot of MPs is delivering development to the people who voted for these MPs?

    The money that can be realized from cutting down this bloated cabinet, can be channeled to other socio-economic sectors.

    Its is utter greediness to have a cabinet of this magnitude when our people are languishing in abject poverty. Really, there is NO excuse that can be given for this bloated cabinet.

    Politicians are heartless!!

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    • @Chanda Chilengu- Well, what I state is that the current state of Zambian politics is such that legislators, (MPs) do not recognize their roles in the governance of the country. As this is the case, every party MP expects to be appointed to a role in the government. If you ask me, I really do not see the need for deputy ministers at all. Ans I have to end my advising you to be more concise in your thought-process because you have to acknowledge that in a country with the GDP of $22bn, the costs attributed to governance are negligible. If we are going to that petty, we may say that we have to sell the cars of the MPs and give them Corrollas? And do not mention the word abject poverty, abject poverty is in Somalia etc. Very few Zambians actually go to bed without a meal in a day.

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    • @Chanda, let me give you a simple example. If you were a farmer and in possession of a big farm land. For you to manage this land, would you engage a farm manager to supervise through paper work only or engage more farm labourers to manage the farm? The answer is employ extra labour force to expedite work.

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  7. What about the Arms deal between Lungu and Katumbi plus Rupiah and his Son Henry….
    Zambians this is what you voted for just wait and see…..
    Ever wondered why he retained the Ministry of Defence position…if you don’t know now you know.

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    • @Zambian Watchdog- Look, the ZWD has lost its reputation after its failed election debacle of predicting wrong results etc. After stooping that low, the ZWD does not care to provide true journalism, at least Mmembe makes an effort to validate his allegations. Why don’t you ask yourself the question why Lungu is not seen in the photo where RB is with Katumbi? Why don’t you ask yourself why the article lacks any quotations but merely assumptions? The ZWD failed to get any information from Lungu’s Mfuwe trip, perhaps the reason he chose that location. I assume you are educated and reasonable, do not your partisan interests cloud your judgment, knowledge is what makes us who we are. There are many reasons to criticise the PF, but please choose the valid ones.

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    • @Lord
      We are busy commenting here whilst Lungu is busy fattening his pockets.Lets just find something better to do for ourselves and our families instead of wasting time hero worshiping these heartless Politicians.They really don’t care about you and me. It’s just them and those very close to them chapwa.

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    • @Zambian Watchdog- I actually pay taxes and for my taxes I expect that the government provides infrustructure for me to be able to take care of my own. I do not just go around headlessely criticising people besed on unfounded allegations. I do not inted to insult you or anything, but I have to state that any independent person reading our arguments can tell that you are being irrational. Oh and you talk about hero worshiping. YOU ADDRESSED ME AS “LORD”- Who is worshiping who?

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    • that is a false story by watchdog, playing on your innocent minds, and am surprised how you think Mr. Lungu would be so ignorant to do that when he has an election to win in a year’s time. please find better things to argue about like real issues eg the cabinet is too huge

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  8. Positions of deputy ministers are gazetted. It’s not lungu to obolish themm but parliament. And the process is not as simple as criticizing ignorantly.

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    • @ yobo 13, 13

      From where you are getting such foolish and 1diotical information?
      Do you know meaning of “gazetted”?
      Do you know powers of Legislature?

      What a pillock!!!

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    • Ati Deputy Ministers are gazetted! Really? The president creates the positions of ministers and deputy ministers as he sees “fit” or should I say as he desires, period. You make it sound like these are permanent positions, well, they are not!

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  9. Ba Chipimo
    Stop complaining about the bloated cabinet. You campaign for your party to win, that’s when you will trim your cabinet. Those Ministers are employed, meaning ’employment’. The so called bloated cabinet has performed better than the small cabinet of the MMD government. The PF cabinet is a serious team and they deliver. That is not checks and balances. Stop that noise and organise your party of youths for you to come and do your things. Yapping…. yapping for nothing ata se.. be serious men.

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  10. Jobs for empty tins…I wonder why EL is still clinging on to Defence. ..maybe has an eye on the Defence contracts!!

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  11. the dollar has gone like whilwind…..

    its terrible

    Kalyalya D is lost of words

    this kwacha depreciation is pure by market forces and we will see how they sort it out.

    meanwhile, in the terraces

    HH2016 nti nti nti nti……time is ticking and nothing seems to be working for EL..

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    • You never get tired. Wait till the whole Zambia votes in a manner similar to how Southern Province voted; then you will see just how painful tribal!sm is!

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  12. @jayjay when you begin understanding issues at a higher level yu will learn that certain positions are not for the goyans (anyone). Levy clang to defence for sometime before appointing mpombo.

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  13. Starting from PS upwards to minister DSA is 1700 multiply that by 64. A PS upwards cannot travel alone so what’s the opportunity cost of these money’s

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  14. I guess this is what Zambians wanted by voting for EL. Some people don’t seem to mind how their hard earned money is spent. Two deputies even for minor ministries is a bit extravagant from my point of view.

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  15. Bwezani Rupiah Banda wants to get rid of key members in the PF.

    He is the one behind lies against Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila and Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba. Why accuse the two ministers of meeting Dr Nevers Mumba? Even accusing the two ministers of challenging ECL. These are cheap politics of the past.

    Rupiah has observed that these are very close to H.E President Lungu, so in order to fulfill his ambitions he has embarked on a mission of causing a tumoil within the ruling PF. He want to take full control of the party.

    We the voters observed the same man bringing the MMD to its knees after his rule.

    RB should go back to his party.
    HE ECL should be very careful with this unpopular politician.

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