The Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) has welcomed the appointment of opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Sinazongwe Member of Parliament Richwell Siamunene as Defence Minister.
ZCID Executive Director Horrance Chilando said President Lungu’s decision to work with opposition parliamentarians should be commended.
Mr Chilando has since urged Zambians to support President Lungu who has boldly showed that he has confidence in Mr. Siamunene and whom he saw and found suitable to appoint as Minister of Defence.
Mr. Chilando pointed out that the Head of State is merely exercising his prerogative as provided for under the Zambian Constitution and that it is not within the power of the Zambian citizens to dispute the President’s decision.
He added that President Lungu should only be judged if Mr. Siamunene fails to carry out his rightful duties as Minister of Defence.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr. Chilando said this was the first time in Zambia that an opposition MP was holding the portfolio of Defence Minister.
Mr. Chilando further commended President Lungu on his commitment to appointing people from all sectors of the political areanat as he had also appointed the first female Vice President of the Country.
He however cautioned Mr Siamunene not to disappoint the trust deposited in him by President Lungu on behalf of the Zambian people.
Mr Chilando appealed to Zambians to support President Lungu in his efforts to unite the nation by encouraging coalitions among political parties.