National Planning and Development Minister Lucky Mulusa’s statement in which he likened the 42 fire tenders to wheelbarrows has gotten him into trouble.
This is because four PF members have written to President Lungu to press for Mr Mulusa’s sacking accusing him of breaching of cabinet collective responsibility.
They stated that Mr Mulusa has become “trigger happy” in issuing his statements adding that they can not have Ministers making a mockery of other Ministers hence abrogating provisions of the law.
The petition are now demanding that stern action to be taken Mr Mulusa is a nominated Member of Parliament.
The Petitioner have also requested that a Commission of Inquiry be instituted in order to establish whether the statement or action by Mr Mulusa could be prosecuted.
Below is the petition submitted to President Lungu.
TO: THE PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA – MR. EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU
THE LEADER OF GOVERNMENT BUSINESS AND REPUBLICAN VICE PRESIDENT – MAMA INONGE MUTUKWA WINA.
PETITION FOR THE DISMISSAL OF THE MINISTER OF NATIONAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT – HON. LUCKY MULUSA.
Mr. Celestin Rocky Mambula Mukandila_Esq
Mr. Katimba Chisanga
Mr. Denis Bwalya
Mr. Benjamin Siwila
WE THE PETITIONER having being endowed by the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia with a responsibility of protecting the ideals and Objectives of Our Constitution as stated under Article 43(2)(a) as stated below:
Article 43(2) A citizen shall endeavour to—
(a) acquire basic understanding of this Constitution and promote its ideals and objectives;
WISH to condemn in the highest order the statement that was made by our Minister at a CIMA function circulating in video format on social media. It seems that our MINISTER has become so “Trigger Happy” in terms of issuing statements.
WE DO HEREBY REQUEST THAT THE MINISTER OF NATIONAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT BE DISMISSED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT FOR BREACH OF CABINET COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY AND SECTION 9(A)&(B) OF THE PARLIAMENTARY AND MINISTERIAL CODE OF CONDUCT ACT – CAP 16 OF THE LAWS OF ZAMBIA AS STATED BELOW:
S 9. A person holding Ministerial office shall not do anything that is inconsistent with
the principle of the collective responsibility of Ministers for the policy of the Government
and the conduct of its affairs, and in particular shall not-
(a) publicly contradict or disassociate himself from any policy adopted by
(b) issue public statements criticising another person holding Ministerial office;
WE can not have Ministers making a mockery of other Ministers hence abrogating provisions of the Law. This in itself demands that stern action to be taken.
THE PETITIONER also wish to remind Zambians that a fortnight ago, the Minister of Local Government – HON. Vincent Mwale presented a Ministerial Statement in Parliament concerning the acquisition of Fire Tenders as was requested by the House.
IT IS WITH this background that we can not have a Cabinet Minister continue to be as such after mocking the credibility of fellow Ministers as well as the Leader of Government Business in Parliament – The Republican Vice President – Mama Inonge Wina.
FURTHERMORE, The Minister was in breach of the Article 114 of The Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) [No. 2 of 2016 which states:
114. (1) The functions of Cabinet are as follows:(2) Cabinet shall take collective responsibility for Cabinet decisions.
THE PETITIONER FURTHER wish to remind our Ministers that basic principles of public administration ought to be exemplary for they are a reflection of the Confidence that We the Citizens of this Country have in the administrative institutions of this Country as well as that of Cabinet.
FINALLY, The Petitioner wish to request that a Commission of Inquiry be instituted in order to establish whether the statement or action by the Honourable Minister Of Planing and National Development could be prosecuted.
A further term of reference be included to establish whether the Ministers’ (Hon. Mulusa) contradicting statement vis a vis the Ministerial statement that was made by Hon. Nkandu Luo – Minister Of Higher Education concerning UNZA State of affairs on Non payment of fees amounted to an abrogation of Cabinet Collective Responsibility.
WE AWAIT YOUR QUICKEST ACTION ON THE MATTER.
Yours Law abiding citizens
Mr. Celestin Rocky Mambula Mukandila