The National Dialogue forum has by consensus endorsed the amendment of the constitution to re-introduce the position of Deputy Ministers.
The measure is aimed at resolving the gap that was created in the management of government ministries following the 2016 Constitution that abolished the position of Deputy Ministers.
National Dialogue Forum (NDF) Spokesperson Isaac Mwanza announced this during a press briefing in Lusaka .
Mr. Mwanza further said the NDF is exploring avenues to strengthen the position of deputy ministers for them to act as Ministers in the absence of their superiors.
In the past arrangement deputy Ministers were not clothed with constitutional powers to act as Ministers in the absence of their superiors.
The proposal to re-introduce the position for deputy ministers was aimed to save money Government spends on maintaining the large number of permanent secretaries, the national dialogue forum has proposed.
In 2016 an academician Mark Simuwe has that International Communities will consider Zambia as an imprudent Country if the position of Deputy Ministers which was recently phased out is brought back.
Speaking on Pan African Radio Programme dubbed “African News Round Up” anchored by Hermit Hachilonde on 27th November, 2016, Simuwe who is also a media critique said the idea of bringing back Deputy Ministers is retrogressive to the unstable economy.
He explained that Deputy Ministers’ position was done away with as part of Government’s austerity measures on the Zambian economy and bringing back Deputy Ministers will be ridiculous.
Simuwe added that it was significant for President Edgar Lungu emulate Jomo Kenyatta the late Kenyan President who reduced his cabinet the moment he moved into executive office as a way of controlling the flow of resources in Governance system.
He further stated that even the Brazilian Government when the country was faced with numerous economic challenges, their president employed the same austerity measures to revamp the economy.
Simuwe has since noted that the International Communities may raise their eyebrows on Zambia, a country that is asking for handouts from International Momentary Fund (IMF) to broaden its cabinet.
“International Communities will consider Zambia as a foolish Country if the position of Deputy Ministers is brought back” Simuwe said.