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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Cabinet Appointments: What’s the Fuss, Let’s give the man a break!

Feature Politics Cabinet Appointments: What's the Fuss, Let’s give the man a break!

Prince Bill M. Kaping’a Political/Social Analyst

Mid-morning yesterday, we were greeted by a candid announcement from one Anthony Bwalya, Special Assistant to His Excellency President Hakainde Hichilema, to the effect that the rumor circulating on social media that His Excellency Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia, was due to address the media last evening and proceed to announce his cabinet was to be taken as nothing, but both as unequivocally untrue and unfounded!

We remain unfazed!

Some disgruntled and indeed bitter individuals carrying themselves as leaders of opposition political parties that ended up amassing zero votes in most parts of the country, such as Sean Tembo and Andyford Banda, have been quick to prove their relevancy in the political dispensation of this country by harassing Bally to immediately unveil his cabinet!

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to easily conclude that such individuals are not doing this for the love of the country, but of course trying to fish-out some faults in Bally such as tribalism or regionalism!

By so doing, they are hoping to score some cheap political mileage of some kind…….that Bally is hell-bent on appointing folks from one particular region of the country – yeah!

Before we go any further though, it is important to get a few things clear!

It is important to appreciate that Bally is one individual who has weathered the storm of ridicule, intimidation, harassment and torture at the hands of the diabolic leadership of PF for some good 16 year; secondly, a number of so-called alliance partners joined UPND at the very last minute. It is therefore important that Bally must take time to scrutinize some of them before incorporating them in his government as a token of appreciation.

And as some folks have alluded to in the past; Bally is a very meticulous and prudent person. Let us give him time to vet those individuals who will make up the complexion of his cabinet and government.

Of course, Bally isn’t expected to have challenges identifying those whom he has toiled with in the trenches for decades but of course those that rendered their support at the last minute?

Shouldn’t we give him time to scrutinize such individuals? You are the same people who will be the first ones to cry foul if anything goes wrong!

Please, let’s give the man a break!

17 COMMENTS

  1. And scrutinizing NOT only from a political perspective but also from a security perspective. Since HH has a zero tolerance to corruption, I would expect him as a first step to request the investigative organs such as the ACC, DEC, OP,…to check the background of all aspiring ministers. This sanity check can take time….3, 6months to a year is possible. I believe HH is waiting for at least the most basic one, which again can not be done within a day. Sean Tembo, Andyford Banda and others who are pushing on HH, do NOT UNDERSTAND this. They still live in old setup, where individuals were brought into government just to MUKULYA MWI BALA. No..No..No please, we need people who should SERVE. HH has a mandate to SERVE, he need to select a team of servants. Big difference between old and new…

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  2. Mwayamba…this is a lesson to all wannabe Presidents…when campaigning and especially if you don’t have any leadership experience please don’t just promise people things you cannot archive….be factual but again that’s what voters want…they want someone who can lie to them and promise them the impossibilities

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  3. Andyford Banda and Sean Tembo should just relax. When UPND is done Harry Kalaba is next. No more experiments with the Zambian Leadership. We need sober minded people displaying high levels of professionalism.

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  4. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee

    No issues here with taking time to carefully choose his cabinet if this turns out to be good for the country… here is hoping the waiting will be worth it. The nonentity numskulls can shout all they like but they are just making themselves irrelevant as Bally has an overwhelming mandate from the people.

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  5. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee

    Here is the fake ‘leaked’ cabinet doing the rounds on social media:
    JUST IN: LEAKED UPND CABINET TO BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC NEXT WEEK

    A) CABINET

    1. Defence: Gary Nkombo
    2. Finance and Development Planning: Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane
    3. Home Affairs: Romeo Kang’ombe
    4. Foreign Affairs: Kelvin Bwalya Fube
    5. Information and Communication: Cornelius Mweetwa
    6. Health: Dr. Christopher Kalila
    7. Commerce, Trade and Entreprise Development: Felix Mutati
    8. Agriculture and Rural Development: Stanley Kakubo
    9. Energy and Water Development: Reuben Phiri Mtolo
    10. Tourism, Arts, Culture: Rodney Sikumba
    11. Education: Dr. Choolwe Beyani
    12. Community Development and Social Welfare: Brenda Tambatamba
    13. Lands and Environment: Mulambo Haimbe
    14. Gender and…

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  6. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee


    14. Gender and Youth: Laura Miti
    15. Mines: Charles Milupi
    16. Justice: Jack Mwiimbu
    17. Infastructure Development: Bernard Mpundu
    18. Transport, Works and Supply: Josephs Akafumba
    19. Youth and Sports: Chileshe Kangwa
    20. Labour: Frank Tayali
    21. Local Government: Elijah Muchima

    B) PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY TEAM:

    1. Press Aide: Brian Mwiinga

    2. Political Advisor: Dr. Sishuwa Sishuwa
    3. Economic Advisor: Muna Hantuba
    4. Special Projects, Monitoring and Evaluation: Dr. Pamela Mambwe Nakamba
    5. Legal Advisor: Linda Kasonde
    6. PS State House: Dr. Brenda Bukowa

    INSTITUTIONAL HEADS

    1. BOZ: Dr. Danny Kalyalya
    2. IDC: Dr. Caleb Fundanga
    3. ZCCM IH: Dr. Pias Kasolo
    4. ZRA: Maimbo Nyanga
    5. DBZ: Trevor Simumba
    6. ZESCO: Dr. Bernard…

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  7. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee

    INSTITUTIONAL HEADS

    1. BOZ: Dr. Danny Kalyalya
    2. IDC: Dr. Caleb Fundanga
    3. ZCCM IH: Dr. Pias Kasolo
    4. ZRA: Maimbo Nyanga
    5. DBZ: Trevor Simumba
    6. ZESCO: Dr. Bernard Tembo
    7. CEEC: Chibamba Kanyama
    8. Economic Advisory Council Chair: Dr. Dambisa Moyo
    9. Economic Advisory Council Deputy Chair: Dr. Grieve Chelwa

    HEADS:

    Chief Justice: Justuce Dr. Mumba Malila
    Speaker: Ndiyoi Mutiti
    Attorney General: Prof: Muna Ndulo
    Solicitor General: John Sangwa

  8. Cabinet needs to be put in place without it other arms of government can’t function for example the local government can’t sworn in mayors, if mayors can’t be sworn in then expect local council services to get affected.

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  9. Cabinet needs to be put in place without it other arms of government can’t function for example the local government can’t swear in mayors, if mayors can’t be sworn in then expect local council services to get affected.

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  10. @General Kanene
    You’re also part of the problem…” HH has zero tolerance to corruption”…are you sure about that….and goes on to appoint an old corrupt Musokotwane his friend…and he can’t even explain he got his wealth…come on man…HH is just as corrupt as any other Politician….so remove that vail on your face and see things the way they are….HH is a big liar too…he never tells the truth

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  11. Zambia needs to change its constitution so that we can get ministers who are apolitical and can carry out their duties professionally with no political baggage.Kenya and USA have technocrat ministers who are not elected politicians so their 24/7 job is to attend to their portfolio matters.Water minister,agriculture minister etc attend to their issues with no need for campaigning /fundraising ,attending political rallies etc

  12. Appointing ministers who are not elected MP’s also removes the need to reward party political allies (which is a toxic practice) and creates a true separation of powers between executive and the legislative body.MP’s in true practice should only be there to query ,vet ,vote and oversee executive decisions.

  13. If I were Seer I would prophecy that the situation is delicate and would either build the man or destroy him even before he’s done 100 days.

  14. What’s the fuss?? Like seriously
    What’s taking him so long to come around this corner
    The government head told us he is in a hurry to mend the holes in the social economic programmes. I hope this delay in not hopelessness.
    It will be impossible for his government to please us all. Some will eventually still be offended with his choice of cabinet no matter what.

  15. People taking chances at guessing the composition of Cabinet! I am comfortable that the president takes his time to form and appoint his team! The UPND as a party has been a strong proponent of a reduction in number of ministers and ministries the change and reduction that has to be approved by parliament. So how does HH go ahead appointing his Cabinet if the rearrangement of ministries and number to be retained is unknown? Can the president make his ministerial appointments, drop, merge and rename ministries then have parliament rubber stamp?

    @ Makaveli, Zambia continues to confound the African continent with democratic principles, thus Harry Kalaba may not be a given but someone yet to grace the scene could arise to take the reigns after HH and could be from within UPND or general…

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