Chishimba Kambwili with Amos Chanda at Statehouse Press Briefing
Chishimba Kambwili with Amos Chanda at Statehouse Press Briefing

Government has clarified that Cabinet will remain intact after the dissolution of parliament tomorrow until the new President is sworn.

Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said in an interview that the law is clear and Cabinet has to continue working.

Dr Kambwili added that there is no contention on the matter that needs the interpretation of the Constitutional Court.

He said taking the matter to the Constitutional Court will be tantamount to abuse of the court process.

Dr Kambwili said Article 116(e) supports the continued stay of Ministers until a new President is elected.

“There is no need for a debate here. The constitution in Article 116 is clear, Ministers continue until a new President is sworn in so even as Parliament dissolves, Ministers continue,” Dr Kambwili said.

However, Law Association of Zambia(LAZ) President Linda Kasonde has said that only the Vice President and not cabinet ministers will be eligible to hold office when parliament dissolves. Ms said that Ministers will no longer qualify to hold their positions after parliament dissolves.

Ms Kasonde said that on reading Article 116(1) together with Article 72(1) of the constitution, LAZ is of the view that once Parliament has been dissolved, a Minister appointed from the members of parliament or a nominated MP no longer qualified to hold the position of Minister.

Ms Kasonde said that it was a constitutional requirement for a person to hold the position of Minister under Article 116(1) of the constitution that he or she must be a member of parliament.

She further stated that in LAZ’s opinion, Article 116(1) as read together with Article 72 of the constitution implies that a Minister vacates office when parliament dissolves,whereas Article 116(1) of the constitution refers to a situation where a Minister vacates office within the life of parliament.

Ms Kasonde explained that with regards the status of the vice president, Article 111(2) states that a vice president shall hold office from the date the vice president-elect is sworn into office and ending on the date the next president-elect is sworn into office, stating that LAZ is therefore of the view that the vice-president should continue in office until the next president-elect is sworn into office.

Ms Kasonde said that LAZ will be taking the matter to the Constitutional court for determination in light of government’s position that Ministers will continue in office after the dissolution of parliament.

And Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula said that the Law Association of Zambia was at liberty to seek a court interpretation over the status of Cabinet Ministers after the dissolution of parliament.

Dr Simbyakula said that LAZ had the right to seek legal redress and that government cannot stop the legal body from proceeding with their plan.

And YALI Governance Adviser Isaac Mwanza said there is need for the Constitutional Court to help interpret a clause in the amended constitution which allows Ministers to remain in office after the dissolution of Parliament.

“We need to do more thinking about the status of Ministers after Parliament remains dissolved. The Constitution is very clear that Ministers are appointed from among Members of Parliament or from nominated MPs. So, when Parliament is dissolved, it means the country has no Members of Parliament until the next set of MPs are sworn in. So, logically though law is never about logic per se, if one got employed because he was an MP, he must cease to be one when he ceases to exist as an MP,” Mr Mwanza said.

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107 COMMENTS

  1. Please leave govt resources just go campaign with your own resources. We know that’s what PF wants to do here.

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    • It is not always PF. They know after August 11, President Lungu is appointing better and more competent ministers. Kambwili, Chama and Frank Bwalya shall be gone.

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    • Hahaha ! How dull is this government? Parliament is abolished today . Even President has know powers to appoint or trave oversea to re-present Zambia. Please PF time is up ! Please don’t ready your PF Constitution as it Zambian Constitution .

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    • Without parliament or before general elections who appoints government? We aren’t dull like PF ministers, you aren’t a minister today or not a MP so please just say thank you and leave .

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    • but Edgar! !!!
      two weeks before he signed that blank grade 12 paper in Heroes stadium, I was drinking with him, he assured me that he was going to sign the dual citizenship, I even bought him 3 rounds,,,, ala! now ati dual citizenship is not there ,,, am very angry!! I want my jamesson back!!,, this guy cant be trusted

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    • Iwe Dull Man , Pf Is Still In Power Till New Elected President So There Is No Problem To Use Govt Resources,so Wheather You Like It Or Not We Shall Use Them.Pf ‘ll Still In Power Beyond 2040. Ka H H Kako Sikazalamulipo Mpaka Moyo Wake Wonse.

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    • In the old days, Kambwili would have been a Kapitao, in cahoots with the colonialists but smiling in your face.

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    • This constitution is a sham. It has a lot of room for manipulation. Anyway what do we expect from a constitution which was passed by our so called honorable MP’s who have never been to school? if a grade 12 certificate as a minimum qualification for a lawmaker can be an issue then expect the worst from these chaps. For you to be employed as a security guard you need a grade 12 certificate what more a parliamentarian? we need to be serious…… no wonder this amended constitution has a lot of contradictory clauses because we allowed grade 7 dropouts to doctor it at the expense of the majority Zambians

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    • This just shows how troubled Zambia is. How do you`ve a constitution that fails to address such key issue.

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    • Article #116 (1): “The President shall appoint a prescribed number of Members of Parliament as Ministers.”

      Article #72. (1) A Member of Parliament shall, except the Speaker and the First Deputy Speaker, vacate the seat in the National Assembly upon a dissolution of Parliament.

      WHAT THIS SIMPLY MEANS IS THAT DURING THE TIME PARLIAMENT REMAINS DISSOLVED, THE PRESIDENT CANNOT APPOINT ANY MORE CABINET MINISTERS EVEN WHEN A VACANCY AVAILS ITSELF. BECAUSE, DURING THIS PERIOD, THERE IS NO PARLIAMENT FROM WHICH THE PRESIDENT CAN APPOINT HIS MINISTERS, OR NOMINATE ONE TO. NOTHING TO DO WITH THE “DISSOLUTION OF CABINET”!

      Article 116 (3): The office of Minister becomes vacant if— (e) another person assumes the office of President.

      TO ME, THIS PART OF ARTICLE #116(3) IS WHAT WILL…

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    • continue..

      Article 116 (3): The office of Minister becomes vacant if— (e) another person assumes the office of President.

      TO ME, THIS PART OF ARTICLE #116(3) IS WHAT WILL SUSTAIN KAMBWILI’S POSITION IN COURT.

      In my humble view, Ms. Kasonde’s interpretation and commingling of the two Constitutional provisions as pertains to the DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT in relation to the DISSOLUTION OF CABINET is problematic at best.

      To me it seems the only commonality these two Articles have between them is WHERE THE PRESIDENT SUPPOSED TO APPOINT HIS MINISTERS FROM and the LIMIT THEY IMPOSE ON THE PRESIDENT NOT TO APPOINT OR NOMINAT ANY CABINET MINISTER(S) WHEN PARLIAMENT IS DISSOLVED. But I think they deal with the dissolution of the two bodies differently and separately!

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  2. It is important that the PF government must demonstrate magnanimity and truthful leadership. This culture of manipulation will cascade in our socio-economic fabric such that no one will trust the system anymore. What is difficult about leaving office under these circumstances when the law is vague (though very clear in interpretation)? If you rule a country under circumstances of dishonesty and national stress, you will spend the next five years fighting opposition than building a country.
    Win through transparency and not underhand methods in everything; from usage of public media to printing of ballot papers. What have we done as a country to have such people in government? We deserve better, please.

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    • LAZ is also full of lazy lawyers. How can Linda say that the vice-president qualifies … “a vice president shall hold office from the date the vice president-elect is sworn into office and ending on the date the next president-elect is sworn into office” when this only applies to the running mate clause? The PF deliberately and partially amended the constitution to create this chaos.

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  3. This provision was tailored for popular people driven submissions that cabinet be appointed outside parliament. But the greedy PF ministers rejected and insisted on MP status to be appointed minister. However in this PF yachigamba constitution they left this clause.

    I warn the ministers that if they continue the incoming goby will arrest them for theft.

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    • I can’t imagine Fat Albert, Daniel Mukombwe and the other losers being in Govt again. I will think again before casting my vote.

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  4. The President, vice President and Permanent secretaries shall continue to run government, it is as easy as that.

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  5. I feel sorry for President Lungu having to work with unhunged characters like Kambwili.

    Viva President Nawakwi.

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    • Don’t be mistaken. Lungu is at the core of all this nonsense. He is the creator and manipulator of the G12 fiasco, ritual killings, political violence and pillaging of govt resources.
      #ChagwaMustFall

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    • Why do you just say ‘my foot’ at Kambwili’s fake title? This is the problem with Zambians. Can I ask you ‘UNZA Momma’ and all like minded honest Zambians to join me in my application to the High Court to force chi illiterate Kambwili from abusing the learned title of ‘Dr’? Please join me, call 0977453200

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  6. So you now see how mutilation of a constitution for selfish motives can be dangerous?. If it was me, I wouldn’t want to leave a legacy of confusion after 52 years of independence and 5 previous presidents especially remembering that there is another life.

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    • @JAMES DID YOU READ THE WORDS OF JUDGE SICHINGA?
      “In this context I accept the submissions highlighted by the learned Attorney-General that a qualification higher than secondary education or its equivalent renders a person eligible to context elective office under the impugned provisions of the constitution. In my view, a higher qualification includes any certification awarded by a tertiary institution or educational institution offering skills training . BA JAMES YOU MUST BE DRINKING JAMESON. KAMBWILI IS NOT A DOKOTA!!!! UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA FCE IS NOT UNIVERSITY NOR INSTITUTION OF LEARNING.

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  7. What a wrong government pf is :all impossibles seem to be possible ; is it because its hh who is the much feared oppossion? No no no Zambia is not a farm :::::::::

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  8. Shocking really. What has been the precedent. Why do they want to continue in those jobs. This is how trust in systems is lost and anarchy grows.

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  9. Lawyers behave as though they went to different school of law. Why should you seek to interprete an interpreted law?

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    • Law is not an objective discipline like Maths and Science. It is too elastic like the Zambian constitution.

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  10. Is it any wonder that in Zambia nothing is normal or straightforward and easily manipulated to suit selfish interests. How on earth can the statutes of a country be interpreted differently by 2 wings of the same government? Only in Zambia!

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  11. WE TOLD YOU THAT THESE PF MINSTERS ARE FOOL AND YOU CONTINUE PA BWATO.SO STOP CRYING.LET THEM ENJOY AND YOU CONTINUE SAFFERING

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  12. Its only mp positions to be dissolved not ministerial positions. Madam Linda these ministers did not go to parliament on ministerial position but on parliamentary its only chagwa with the powers to fire or retain these ministers. Dont just open your mouth for the sake of being noticed. Please avoid the temptation of being a disgrace to womenfolk.

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    • Do not be dull iwe, if there are no MPs were would a president appoint the minister from. If they seize to be MPs they automatically stop being cabinets and it is just wie for th president and his friends to man up and stop abusing the country. Kambwili is simply brewing anarch and confusion. He must not even comment on legal issues of such magnitude!

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  13. I blame a few greedy Zambians for putting such people in power. Too much hunger produces hunger. It is a very straightforward issue; Ministers to leave on Wednesday. They are not even ashamed to defend an issue as simple as this? PF, win the elections cleanly otherwise you are inviting trouble. Zambians are much more awake to manipulation than ever before in Zambian history. Many of you bloggers supporting PF are like the Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda who could not accept WW2 was over until 1974 when his former commanding officer pleaded with him that the battle was lost. Why defend an already lost cause? Are you blind to glaring realities on the ground?

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  14. Surely how can you debate with a BUFFOON like Kambwili…these empty tins have no shame!!!

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    • Very soon LAZ President Linda Kasonde will be accused of working for the opposition….watch this space!!

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  15. I just love this new constitution, there is more drama to come watch the space. Popcorn please!

    Problem is the general populace including Vocal NGOs have not taken time to read the document!

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  16. These Ministers are appointed by the President and its up to the President to tell the Ministers that they are no longer Ministers from the day they ceased being MPs. The President took oath to uphold the constitution of Zambia at all times. Its unconstitutional for these Ministers to serve as Ministers when they are no longer MPs. Its pretty obvious. All Ministers who are rewarded as Ministers after ceasing to be Ministers will have to pay back salaries and allowances from the date the ceased to be MPS. Surely the Attorney General should advise the President of this constitutional requirement.

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  17. Alefyaya more tobela fat Albert. What will happen when a needle breaks and gets stuck in your fat again? You will be taken to UTH not abroad because you will no longer be a minister or MP.Efyo uletina papala iwe?

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  18. It is amazing how position of GRZ is stronger by default than that of LAZ. LAZ argues Art. 116(1) is only relevant when Parliament is not dissolved. What is clear however is that Art. 72 deals only with National Assembly & speaks of vacation of seats in National Assembly in circumstances of clear separation of powers between executive & legislature. Parliament must dissolve under Art. 81(3) 90 days b4 next general election. Art.116 on other hand deals with executive. Automatic vacation of position of Minister will only happen; if another person assumes office of President; upon death of Minister; or on revocation of nomination as member of Parliament. Nothing more. Clearly, @ dissolution of Parliament none of these would have happened. Interesting outcome which would have been less…

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  19. Can we please have a section talking about this Ministers issue in the Daily Mail, Post or Times of Zambia printed for us to read. Let me google it online

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  20. I’m a hardcore PF supporter but I personally believe 90 percent of govt ministers should be fired in the next govt by ECL, Shamenda and Chikwanda top the list also all MMD ministers should be sacked such as Kaingu, Siliya but with an exception of Mwale who is at least hardworking! We don’t need these rotten apples in the barrel! We need a younger team of patriots, real patriots in the next PF govt! Non material minded Zambians that will opt to travel by public transport rather than latest Toyota vehicles!

    2016 ECL nafuti

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  21. Gents. I read the Articles in Question: 72.2 gives the explanation on when the Member of Parliament ceases to exist. And 116.2 also highlights when a Ministers office ceases. Please read these Articles and get the facts correct. Leaving a seat in the National Adsembly is different from leaving the seat as an MP.

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  22. If Sata was alive and in opposition today, he would be very happy with this constitution…. Ba PF be realistic

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  23. It is all about more tobela at the expense of poor zambians. What business will they be doing when parliament is dissolved

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  24. 1. in the past, LAZ has lost so may cases on constitution matters in our courts of law

    2. The constitutions explains when does an MP ceases to be MP,

    3. The constitution also explains when a cabinet minister ceases to be so.

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    • What LAZ are saying is that you cannot have a Minister who is not an MP. As Parliament is dissolved tomorrow, there will be no MPs and therefore no Ministers. It’s that simple and logical.
      #ChagwaMustFall

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  25. The *****cy, criminality and selfishness of Lungu and his minions know no bounds. These criminals have completely discarded any semblance of decency and morality that Zambia has strived to maintain over 52 years. It’s a take-all grab that they are involved in. All these new changes to how Zambia operates were the reason for the massive by-elections PF undertook earlier. Now we are all worse for it as PF used their majority in Parliament to pillage and loot the country. It’s sad and
    #ChagwaMustFall

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  26. Ministers
    appointed by the President.
    (5) Where the President is unable to appoint a member of Cabinet to preside at a meeting of Cabinet, the members of Cabinet present at the meeting may elect one of the members to preside.
    (6) The President may, in consultation with the Secretary to the Cabinet, invite a person whose presence is desirable to attend and participate in the deliberations of a meeting of Cabinet but that person shall have no vote.
    116. (1) The President shall appoint a prescribed number of Members of Parliament as Ministers.
    (2) A Minister shall be responsible, under the direction of the President, for the policy and strategic direction of a Ministry, department or other State institution, as assigned by the President.
    (3) The office of Minister becomes vacant…

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  27. (3) The office of Minister becomes vacant if—
    (a) the Minister is removed from office by the President;
    (b) the Minister resigns, by notice in writing to the President;
    (c) in the case of a nominated Member of Parliament, the nomination is revoked;
    (d) the Minister dies;
    (e) another person assumes the office of President; or
    (f) the Minister has a mental or physical disability that makes the Minister incapable of performing the functions of that office.

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    • “…..whereas Article 116(1) of the constitution refers to a situation where a Minister vacates office within the life of parliament.”

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  28. 72. (1) AMemberofParliamentshall,excepttheSpeakerand theFirstDeputySpeaker,vacatetheseatintheNationalAssembly upon a dissolution of Parliament.
    (2) The office of Member of Parliament becomes vacant if the member—
    (a) resigns by notice, in writing, to the Speaker;
    (b) becomes disqualified for election in accordance with Article
    70;
    (c) acts contrary to a prescribed code of conduct;
    (d) resigns from the political party which sponsored the member for election to the National Assembly;
    (e) is expelled from the political party which sponsored the member for election to the National Assembly;
    (f) ceases to be a citizen;

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  29. having been elected to the National Assembly, as an
    independent candidate, joins a political party;
    (h) is disqualified as a result of a decision of the Constitutional Court; or
    (i) dies.
    (3) The office of a nominated Member of Parliament becomes
    vacant if the member—
    (a) resigns by notice, in writing, to the speaker;
    (b) is disqualified under Article 70;
    (c) acts contrary to a prescribed code of conduct;
    (d) ceases to be a citizen;
    (e) dies; or
    (f) has the member’s nomination revoked by the President.

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  30. (4) A person who causes a vacancy in the National Assembly due to the reasons specified under clause (2) (a), (b), (c), (d), (g) and (h) shall not, during the term of that Parliament—
    (a) be eligible to contest an election; or
    (b) hold public office.
    (5) Where a Member of Parliament is expelled as provided in clause (2) (e), the member shall not lose the seat until the expulsion is confirmed by a court, except that where the member does not challenge the expulsion in court and the period prescribed for challenge lapses, the member shall vacate the seat in the National Assembly.

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  31. (6) Where a court determines that an expulsion of a member, as provided in clause (2) (e), was not justified, there shall be no by- election for that seat and the member shall opt to—
    (a) remain a member of the political party and retain the seat; or
    (b) resign from the political party and retain the seat as an independent member.
    (7) Where a court determines that an expulsion of a member, as provided in clause (2) (e), was justified, the member shall vacate the seat in the National Assembly.

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  32. (8) Where a vacancy occurs in the National Assembly, the Speaker shall, within seven days of the occurrence of the vacancy, inform the Electoral Commission of the vacancy, in writing, and a by-election shall be held in accordance with Article 57.
    (9) If a political party is dissolved, a Member of Parliament shall retain the member’s seat as an independent member.

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  33. So there is no reconciliation of the two articles. LAZ and the government are making there own interpretation. The constitution is silent on the dissolution of the cabinet. This is also good as it gives us the opportunity to refine our constitution so it can stand the test of time.

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  34. Trouble in Zambia is that people do not like to read. All they were saying is:we want new constitution without reading the draft. This clause has been in there since the time of Mwanawasa and RB. Where was LAZ not to raise a finger then
    It is now too late. You may request for reviewing this clause in the next parliament. For now just live with it and vote PF & LUNGU.

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  35. Even if this contentious issue was taken to the constitution court, PF will win because whatever judge that will preside over this case will side with the appointing authority (pay masters) and without shame! It will be a huge waste of time! Zambia the real Africa for you!

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  36. The life of a Minister in office is tied to Parliament world democracies over do not allow a Minister to occupy office once parliament raises this is done to protect the assets of the grz…but indeed we have a constitutional court let them share their wisdom given that they all occupy office illegally as non of them qualified to be judges in the first place….apart from maybe Dr Munanlula who is an academic…..Oh and LAZ can you push for the Public Protector to be appointed?

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    • @Evans, please read our document. This is what was drafted by the technical committee and subsequently in the amended constitution:
      116. (1) The President shall appoint a prescribed number
      of Members of Parliament as Ministers.
      (2) A Minister shall be responsible, under the direction of the
      President, for the policy and strategic direction of a Ministry,
      department or other State institution, as assigned by the President.
      (3) The office of Minister becomes vacant if—
      (a) the Minister is removed from office by the President;
      (b) the Minister resigns, by notice in writing to the President;
      (c) in the case of a nominated Member of Parliament, the
      nomination is revoked;
      (d) the Minister dies;
      (e) another person assumes the office of President; or
      (f) the Minister has a mental or…

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  37. Sure, Lungu as a lawyer, cannot understand, this, a mama, Jameson, has carried him over. Why did he go to university from? If he cannot interpret this simple English. Go back to your constituencies and campaign, leave permanent secreTariq’s to do that, this has been the trend. You fools

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  38. Vacate the offices and leave the cars to the permanent secretaries, leave the homes too, go to your villages and campaign. And if anything, they won’t even be working, all day, they will be in the field. So why keep them. We want level playing field, as a member of parliament, you cease to represent them, it’s dissolved

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  39. I like madam, kasonde, she is tough woman, not easily bended. Go mum. Show the men, that you can handle this position

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  40. The constitution does not say a minister leaves office upon the disunion of Paliament. Government has to be functional before the new president. That is why the constitution under 166 days: the office of minister becomes vacant if…(e) another person assumes the office of President

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    • @ Nono

      Which Constitution you are reading? Art. 166 (as you are quoting) deals with “Status of institution of chieftaincy”

      Please, read before making f00l of yourself in your eagerness to be perceived either “intellectual” (LOL) or “learned” (ki, ki, ki)

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  41. since when you foul? is this the first time we are having elections? we do as always simple as abcd.

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  42. This will prove how dull Lungu and syambakula are.This clause was put there when Ministers were suppose to appointed out side parliament but you rejected this but Kambwili are you not ashamed that you want to occupancy a ministerial position when you were voted on the basis of being a member of parliament?
    Can this PF goverment stop taking Zambians for granted.The same constitution which you are following states that they are no Deputy Ministers but why have you kept them?
    Unless Bembas and Ngonis have become useless for them to tolerant this nonsense. For me this is uncalled for Zambia is bigger than PF.

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  43. Now you see it when I tell you that this cabinet is only good to go to the airport. They had time to work but they did not work but now they want to claim to be stay in power and work. This is illegal and should not be allowed. If they refuse to vacate their offices the new govt should seek to recover money from them. PF is fully of kaponyas including the justice minister

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  44. This is the role LAZ should Long have played – casting light on matters that grind against the very core interests of our Society and nation. TAKE THEM TO COURT NEXT WEEK, fulustop!!
    Zambia will not be a better Country if we do not build-up precedents and cases especially through the constitutional and supreme Courts…dictatorial tendencies as alluded to by KK, Chiluba, Sata and co should never EVER find breeding-grounds in Zambia again; Its laxity in such matters that landed RSA in Zuma-doom !! Government functions through the civil servants headed by the PS, the Minister is only the top-executive within the government of the day as headed by the president. Dissolution of the legislature, ends the political relevance of ministerial heads, leaving the VP and civil servants as government…

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  45. …one can even go further and remind people of the ceded constitution and the veting of power in the chief justice till declaration and swearing-in of the new president! So Inonge heads government and CJ the presidential powers from election day till swearing-in ceremony…LAZ go for it 🙂

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  46. Minister, it is wrong to say “There is no need for a debate here. The constitution in Article 116 is clear, Ministers continue until a new President is sworn in so even as Parliament dissolves, Ministers continue,” I see a need simply because there are those of you for and another group against, therefore to have a common understand as to what the constitution provisions say, we need to share views and interpretation thereof this is what we call debate.

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  47. Today is D-Day for the assorted vultures from PF to abandon the canoe in shameless pursuit of carrion.

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  48. Dr. Kambwili,
    Two points.
    There is no Art. 116(e). In your case Art. 116(3)(f) should apply

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  49. This just tells us how selfish these idi0ts can be! Are these f00ls telling us they would have been ministers without first being MPs. These morons know exactly that they are ministers on account of being MPs. Zambians let’s raise up for once! Docility won’t take us anywhere! These morons are taking us for a ride!

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  50. 72.(1) A Member of Parliament shall, except the Speaker and the First Deputy Speaker, vacate the seat in the National Assembly upon a dissolution of Parliament.

    116.(1) The President shall appoint a prescribed number of Members of Parliament as Ministers.

    Now there is no parliament from whom the president cab appoint, why should they continue. During this same period the president can’t appoint or disappoint because there is no parliament. It is a shame that Chimbwi is trying to hold on to the ministerial position when the law is so clear.

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    • Well put so even Chimbwili may stop overstanding 🙂 This is our chance to start building up a purely professional non-partisan, non-sectarian but nation-serving civil service that ONLY deploys the policies of the government in power !! 🙂

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  51. Kaputo Davies
    116. Article (f) The Minister has a mental or physical disability that makes the Minister incapable of performing the function of that office – you mean this applies to Chimbwi – kikikikikikikikiki – you have made my day thank you.

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  52. Question :Can you be a Minister of you are not a member of Parliament,its like going back into time and killing your Grandparents would you exist?

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  53. Simple Logic; when the President wants to appoint a non-MP to a Ministerial position, first he adopts as MP. So, When one is not an MP, he/she cannot be a Minister.

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  54. @ Jacob you are useless, why commenting with your Broken English, you are saying even the President has (know) power, what do you mean, you are confusing people with your trash.

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  55. WE MAY BE A SMALL COUNTRY ON THE MIDDLE OF AFRICA BUT WE ARE A GREAT NATION. SERVING YOU HAS BEEN A PLEASURE AND AN HONOUR. I WISH I COULD HAVE DONE MORE, I WISH I HAD MORE TIME TO GIVE.

    OUR POTENTIAL IS GREAT. OUR RESOURCES ARE IMPRESSIVE.
    I URGE YOU ALL NOW TO RALLY BEHIND YOUR NEW PRESIDENT.
    YES, WE MAY HAVE DIFFERENT IDEAS BUT WE BOTH WANT THE SAME THING – A BETTER ZAMBIA.

    NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR VIOLENCE AND RETRIBUTION.
    NOW IS THE TIME TO UNITE AND BUILD TOMORROW’S ZAMBIA TOGETHER. ONLY BY WORKING TOGETHER CAN WE ACHIEVE A MORE PROSPEROUS ZAMBIA. ” Rupiah Bwezani Banda in 2011″

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  56. DID WE BECOME GREY AND LACKING IN IDEAS? DID WE LOSE MOMENTUM? OUR DUTY NOW IS TO GO AWAY AND REFLECT ON ANY MISTAKES WE MAY HAVE MADE AND LEARN FROM THEM. IF WE DO NOT, WE DO NOT DESERVE TO CONTEST POWER AGAIN.

    “Rupiah Bwezani Banda 2011”

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  57. THE TIME NOW IS FOR MATURITY, FOR COMPOSURE AND FOR COMPASSION. TO THE VICTORS, I SAY THIS:

    YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CELEBRATE BUT DO SO WITH A MAGNANIMOUS HEART. ENJOY THE HOUR BUT REMEMBER THAT A TERM OF GOVERNMENT IS FOUR YEARS.

    REMEMBER THAT THE NEXT ELECTION WILL JUDGE YOU ALSO.

    TREAT THOSE WHO YOU HAVE VANQUISHED WITH THE RESPECT AND HUMILITY THAT YOU WOULD EXPECT IN YOUR OWN HOUR OF DEFEAT.

    ” Rupiah B Banda to incoming PF in 2011 oh how they forgot but we the electorate didn’t and haven’t”

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  58. Judgment day as predicated by RB is now here we are poorer then ever, unemployed, load shedding amass, no medicines in the clinics, devalued kwacha, rampant and high corruption, violence and intolerance the order of the day, increased food prices and hopeless about the future…the time has come to evaluate what has happened in the past four years…and we know for certain that the broom will sweep and sweep clean in August against whom only we hold that key….see you soon…

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  59. The LAZ President Linda Kasonde Embarrassing herself.The Constitution very clear. Ministers continue.

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  60. We will cage them. The basis on which they are appointed as ministers no longer exists. To whom will they be answerable if there is no parliament? A common Zambian like Chimbwili is docile. You think a constitution is a 1+1= 2? Wait and see.

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  61. Cabinet is taking advantage of the loophole in the Constitution. The tenure of office for ministers is not expressly linked to tenure of office for MPs. It is difficulty for LAZ to win this one unless article 72 and 116 were expressly linked. As it stands now they are totally independent as if Ministers are neither elected or nominated MPs at the same time. LAZ’s assumption may prove difficult to rely on. The Constitution is presuming that they were appointed from outside Parliament when it comes to addressing the tenure of office of cabinet. But its good for LAZ & citizens to test it in court.

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  62. The Law can be interpreted as to what the intentions were. A minister is an MP. Take out an MP, there will be no minister. If i say no more accountants to practice in Zambia. It means the various streams of accounting i.e auditors, tax experts, financial though not expressly said. In this case, dissolution of Parliament means the MPs some who are ministers should stay away from our resources to seek a fresh mandate. How do you expect them to continue working when we will be busy with campaigns? Unless you are planning something please twapapata stay away.

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  63. looks like we have two ZIYALE in Zambia, one for the lawyer’s and another one for the cabinet (government) What can the one headed by a person who was once blacklisted tell you! malaabish yeka yeka. Laz please help us, even grade 2,s like Kambwili want to explain what they don’t understand. Sonta umusangwa ifiwelewele! mu PF

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