Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General Davies Mwila has stated that the ruling Party will listen to the people on the National Dialogue Forum (NDF) proposal to reintroduce Deputy Ministers.
Hon Davies Mwila was speaking when he welcomed former UPND Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) to the Party Secretariat this afternoon.
And responding to a question from the media on whether the Party had u-turned on Deputy Ministers, the Secretary General assured the general public that the ruling Party will listen and do exactly what the Zambians will say on the matter.
“On the question of reintroducing Deputy Ministers, the Patriotic Front will listen to the people. In the meantime NDF is sitting and we’ll wait for the process to conclude but we’ll listen to the people”, emphasized Hon Mwila.
On Sunday, the National Dialogue forum by consensus endorsed the amendment of the constitution to re-introduce the position of Deputy Ministers in a measure 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.
The NDF further announced that it was exploring avenues to strengthen the position of deputy ministers for them to act as Ministers in the absence of their superiors because in the past arrangement deputy Ministers were not clothed with constitutional powers to act as Ministers in the absence of their superiors.
NDF further said that 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.