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Part 3: Fred M’membe is wrong; President Hichilema is a Statesman!

Columns Part 3: Fred M’membe is wrong; President Hichilema is a Statesman!

By Prince Bill M. Kaping’a Political/Social Analyst

The nation would only start witnessing a sharp decline in national unity which our previous leaders had endeavoured to maintain when Michael Sata’s PF ascended to power. He would toss caution and restraint out of the window as he set forth on a destructive, and shameless path of rewarding his kith and kin with government, making the so-called family tree look like child’s play!

“I don’t balance tribes, I balance brains!” he would retort when challenged on his tribalism.

Apart from the son of Scottish immigrants, Guy Scot, who saw himself appointed as Vice president for “colouring purposes” as late veteran politician, Nakatindi Wina, would put it, every other appointee reeked of the strong stench of crass tribalism! Finance – Alexander Chikwanda (Northern); Defence – Godfrey Mwamba (Northern); Home Affairs – Edgar Lungu (Eastern); Mines & energy – Christopher Yaluma (Northern); Local Government & Housing – Nkandu Luo (Northern); Works, Transport, Supply & Communications – Yamfwa Mukanga (Northern); Foreign – Given Lubinda (Western); Health – Joseph Kasonde (Northern); Community Services, Mother & Child – Joseph Katema (Northern); Commerce & industry – Bob Sichinga (Northern); Information – Kennedy Sakeni (Luapula);Sport, Youth & Child Development – Chishimba Kambwili (Northern); Traditional & Chiefs Affairs – Emerrine Kabanshi (Northern); Secretary to the cabinet – Evans Chibiliti (Northern).

We keep reminding ourselves of the “One Zambia, One Nation” motto but how could someone honestly deliberately omit Southern and N/western provinces in his appointments, especially when the two regions contribute greatly to the national treasury in terms of tourism and mining?

As they say, history has a habit of repeating itself……the cold hand of death would strike yet again claiming the visibly ailing president. And just when keen observers of our politics hoped the new leader, Edgar Lungu, would somehow change the narrative and strive to enhance national unity; boom……he would apply fertilizer to the “Family Forest,” making it even more flourishing! Of course, Inonge Wina, a descendant of Barotseland, had to be somehow rewarded with the second top most job for helping hand him the presidency on a silver plate! The Northern regions alone boasted of a Lion’s share of 18 slots, with 5 going to kumawa, while the rest of the regions jostled for the remaining 7 paltry portfolios!

The positions were distributed as follows: Defence – Davies Chama (Northern); Finance – Bwalya Ng’andu (Northern); Home Affairs – Steven Kampyongo (Northern); National Development Planning – Alexander Chiteme (Copperbelt); Information – Dora Siliya (Eastern); Commerce – Christopher Yaluma (Northern); Health – Chitalu Chilufya (Northern); Mines & Minerals Development – Richard Musukwa (Eastern); Higher Education – Brian Mushimba (Northern); General Education – Dennis Wachinga (Northern) Community Development – Mulenga Kampamba (Northern); Tradition & Chiefs Affairs – Lawrance Sichalwe (Northern) Labour – Joyce Simukoko (Northern); Works & Supply – Sylvia Chalikosa (Northern); Housing & Infrastructure Development – Vincent Mwale (Eastern); Local Government – Charles Banda (Eastern); Youth & Sports – Emmanuel Mulenga (Northern) Religious Affairs – Godfridah Sumaili (Northern); Water Development – Raphael Nakachinda (Southern); Agriculture – Micheal Katambo (Copperbelt); Foreign Affairs – Joe Malanji (N/western); Presidential Affairs – Freedom Sikazwe (Northern); Energy Minister – Mathew Nkhuwa (Eastern); Livestock & Fisheries – Nkandu Luo (Northern); Justice – Given Lubinda (Western); Transport & Communication – Mutotwe Kafwaya (Northern) ; Tourism – Ronald Chitotela (Northern); Health – Jonas Chanda (Northern); Gender – Elizabeth Phiri (Eastern); Lands – Jean Kapata (N/western); Office of the Vice president – Olipa Mwansa (Northern).

Doesn’t this amount to a national scandal?

Anyway, by now we are all aware that President Hakainde was denied MPs in certain provinces. However, the man has been magnanimous enough to bring everyone on board as he attempts to reunite what was once a polarized country like a true statesman that he has so far demonstrated to be: Vice – Mutale Nalumango; Defence – Ambrose Lufuma (N/western); Finance – Situmbeko Musotwane (Western); Home Affairs – Jack Mwiimbu (Southern); Foreign – Stanley Kakubo (Central); Energy – Peter Kapala Northern); Water Development – Mike Mposha (Lusaka); Health – Sylvia Masebo (Lusaka); Education – Douglas Siakalima (Southern); Community Development – Doreen Mwamba Northern); Labour – Brenda Tambatamba (N/western); Local Government – Garry Nkombo (Southern); Tourism and Arts – Rodney Sikumba (Western); Small & Medium Enterprises – Elias Mubanga (Northern); Information – Chushi Kasanda (Central); Green Economy & Environment – Collins Nzovu (Central); Livestock & Fisheries – Makozo Chikote (Western) Mines & Minerals – Paul Kabuswe (Northern); Agriculture – Mutolo Phiri (Eastern); Commerce, Trade & Industry – Chipoka Mulenga (Northern); Youth &Sport – Elvis Nkandu (Northern); Lands – Elijah Muchima (N/western); Transport – Frank Tayali (Copperbelt); Justice – Mulambo Haimbe (Southern); Housing & Infrastructure – Charles Milupi (Western); Science & Technology – Felix Mutati (Northern).

Fellow citizens, your take on this……

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7 COMMENTS

  1. In terms of POPULATION distribution, the Southern Province is definitely over represented. The Eastern Province is the third most populous province in Zambia after Lusaka and the CB, so to have only ONE minister is a scandal. Furthermore, the Eatsrten Province is the most differentiated in terms of tribe. Mutolo Phiri is Chewa and he does not represent the Nsenga, Tumbuka, Ngoni, Kunda, Senga, or Bisa. While all 4 Southern Province ministers and the President are from one tribe, Tonga. All 3 Western Province ministers are Lozi. I beg to submit that the Eastern Province has been punished because of Lungu, who is only an Esterner by name.

    • You may have an argument but perhaps the topic should be is it reasonable or practical to tribal balance? For e.g. Western Province doesnt have only one tribe. Ask Winter Kabimba he is from there but he is not Lozi. Even Southern has at least three. Yes Eastern is very diverse with various tribes whose languages and cultures are ifferent but for the convenience of governance they have been grouped together. From what Iam seeing the present debate will end up with tribes wanting to nominate tribal representatives everywhere and we shall be back to square one. No republic!

  2. Northern dominated both SATA and lungus cabinets. Note that lungus had only 4eastern , 2 northwestern , 2 western , cb and Southern. Why is northern so dominant.

    HH has balanced carbonate to some extent. You ignore the fact that his senior cabinet positions are south and western only. Also most boards are now southern dominated. Justice ministry is a total disgrace. From minister, chief justice, solicitor if can’t can’t see this then kayak. Tribalism is difficult to see if it favors you.

  3. The article is trying to mention something like Luapula you are talking of the Ngumbo,chishinga,Lunda,even Western province Lozi,Nkoya, North western Kaonde,kalubale,Choke,Lunda,kaluchazi

  4. He is ………….. in Nyasaland.l saw my own face here.I’m enjoying the sunshine and people by the beautiful lakeside.Please bring the laptop I do some important work.

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