President Lungu greets State House deputy minister Mulenga Sata shortly before departure at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport for Angola on February 13,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu greets State House deputy minister Mulenga Sata shortly before departure at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport for Angola on February 13,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

Foundation for Democratic Process has challenged President Edgar Lungu to clarify why he appointed Mulenga Sata as State House Deputy Minister against the constitution.

FODEP Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi observed that Mr Sata’s appointment may be in breach of Article 68 of the constitution on appointments of Ministers and their Deputies.

Mr Chipenzi stated that the constitution is clear that the President cannot appoint any person as Minister who contested a ward, parliamentary or Presidential election in the same life of Parliament.

‘We have come to realise that the President may have breached the constitution in appointing Mr Sata especially that he is still a serving Councillor of Kabulonga Ward 21 in Lusaka,” Mr Chipenzi said.

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    • Why are you surprised? Why were not surprised why Guy Scott didn’t arrest Edgar Lungu for treason and any stage of him forcing himself on PF?
      I am still surprised that there are some kind white people in Zambia, like Guy Scott.

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    • Chipenzi,

      Unless you are talking of the FDP Constitution, on this one if referring to the Zambian national constitution you have curved to your own interpretation which is dead wrong. Kindly revisit and read the Republican constitution free of emotions.

      The Executive seating President cannot nominate to Parliament a candidate that lost in an election of the same life of Parliament.

      Truth be told, Mulenga was elected as a civic leader. Which election then he lost and to whom? HE President Lungu acted within the constitution. I advise you sue the AG if you think otherwise instead firing blanks cluelessly.

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    • What does Fodep have to say about convicted criminals like Masumba and Muteteka continuing as MPs? Aren’t convicted felonies barred from holding public office?

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  1. We all said it, we don’t need to discuss Mulenga Sata again.
    It was all about silencing the Sata family:
    – Miles Sampa (Sata’s nephew), threatened and swindled. He can’t nothing now or he will be arrested for treason.
    – Ba Christina Kaseba (not relative of Mulenga Sata), dumped at a lodge.
    I can go on and on about that dubious Edgar Lungu.

    Emmanuel Chenda, best friend of Sata, saw all these, and cried “Our Father who…”

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  2. When Laws are broken you simply unbreak them. Logical.
    To err is human.
    Besides, the nomination was tactical. Mulenga will eventually inherit hi father’s party.

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    • When you are caught with a stolen vehicle, you just take it back, simple. To err is human. What a country & you wonder why you are poor?

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    • That’s what Lungu said about the money he stole from his client. He said that there was no case because he had repaid the money. There are no ethics in Zambia. It is a moral jungle.

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  3. Chipenzi seems to have some ground here. Let me check out the counter attacks from EL advisors! This does not seems as clutching at the straws.

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  4. Well, Lungu may have broken the law but how long have you taken to realise it? Law is law and not even Lungu should break it but i am convinved that you are on a witch-hunting mission to say the least.

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  5. The president has not broken any law because Mulenga sata won the ward seat. He would have be disqualified if he had lost the ward election but he won.

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  6. Lungu needed some one to drive corruption while he was campaigning, what did Sata archive when mayor of lusaka apart from trying to force a $230 million cctv scam on to us ?.

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  7. Chipanzee is seeking attention on a none issue, the opposition and the Post Zambia could have cried foul a long time ago if there was anything sinister with Mulenga’s appoinment. Those that do not have a short memory would remember that when Nevers Mumba was appointed as Vice president soon after he contested and lost presidential elections, a similar argument ensued but it was corrected that since Mumba constested the election as a presidential candidate, he was not affected by the clause that bared those that contested as MPs from being nominated as MPs, in the same vain, since Mulenga had contested as a councillor, he could not be bared from being nominated as an MP because councilors elections are different from MP elections. The term of councilors is also shorter than MP.

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    • Councillors and MPs “lives” have been synchronized. They start and expire at same time. Way back councillor terms used to be 3 yrs. Not any more. The law was changed way back

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  8. And were has been LAZ all this time??? I don’t trust these one man show…..the same man is the director, spokesperson, secretary and his opinion is the only one that matters. How??

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  9. lets use our education on things that can make our country industrious. Eg how do we add value to cassav? cant we start producing mango drinks. politics has made our country poorer

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  10. “Mr Chipenzi stated that the constitution is clear that the President cannot appoint any person as Minister who contested a ward, parliamentary or Presidential election in the same life of Parliament.” My understanding is that the person who is barred is one who contested and lost because how else would the president appoint ministers from parliament if the members did not contest elections….

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  11. Chi mangeni chika choka mu boma, they think they can do anything, obviously for now he’ll get away but please chi mangeni chika choka next year, Sha!

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  12. Lungu didn’t commit any offence since Mulenga Sata stood on presidential elections which were bogus organised by Scott.

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  13. Chipenzi walasa your point of argument is sound unlike the HH vuvuzezela.

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    • NOPE! It ain’t sound. Not an iota!! As is with many upend commentators, they float half truths in the hope of sounding intelligent and blatant exciting the masses. He read everything very well but in his quote, he deliberately leaf out the phrase “and lost”!!!
      Therefore, he has been left high and dry.
      Another non-starter of his. Let him start up an inquisition of how a leader of a NEUTRAL monitoring body can wish to contest for a political position in one party while clinging to the neutral observer body.

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  14. Not supprised, just listen to the name and you will know that the bastad is a dull chap pretending to know everything. Chimpanzee or whatever you call yourself, in which ward did Mulenga Sata lose an election for him not to qalify for an appointment? The artical you hzve mentioned talks about a person who lost an election? if a person at your level can expose your ignorance what about a street vendor in town?

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  15. Not supprised, just listen to the name and you will know that the bastad is a dull chap pretending to know everything. Chimpanzee or whatever you call yourself, in which ward did Mulenga Sata lose an election for him not to qalify for an appointment? The artical you have mentioned talks about a person who lost an election? if a person at your level can expose your ignorance what about a street vendor in town?

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  16. The interpretation in this law Mr Chipenza is in the meaning of General Elections. Mr Sata was a candidate in the Local Government Elections which are governed by a Local Government Act and only held at same time as General Elections in this case Presidential and Parliamentary.

    To the best of my knowledge Mr Sata was neither a candidate in the Presidential not Parliamentary elections.

    In 2001, the local government elections act was amended from being held every three years to 5 years because of cost challenges and aligned to the general elections.

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