Friday, June 14, 2024

Vice President Nalumango Acts As President During President Hichilema’s Global trips

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Secretary to the Cabinet, Patrick Kangwa, clarified that Vice President Mutale Nalumango consistently assumes the role of President whenever President Hakainde Hichilema travels abroad. During a media briefing in Lusaka, Kangwa provided insights into the constitutional process that takes place when the President is away, ensuring that the Vice President is duly designated as the Acting President.

Kangwa explained that when President Hichilema travels, the Office of the Secretary to the Cabinet formally writes to the Head of State, requesting him to delegate his powers according to constitutional provisions. Following this request, a Statutory Instrument is issued, and a gazette notice is printed to inform the public about the delegation of presidential functions.

The Secretary to the Cabinet emphasized that Vice President Nalumango has been delegated the President’s functions on all foreign trips undertaken by President Hichilema. He urged journalists and the public to access these gazette notices at Government printers, highlighting that they are public documents.

Kangwa emphasized that the Zambian constitution permits the President to delegate his functions whenever he travels abroad. He further clarified that during such periods, Vice President Nalumango does not attend parliamentary sessions where she holds the position of Leader of Government Business. Instead, she assumes the role of Acting President until the return of President Hichilema.

The media briefing comes in response to a circulating video on social media alleging neglect and suffering on the part of Vice President Nalumango during the President’s foreign trips. Kangwa’s explanation aimed to provide clarity on the constitutional processes in place, assuring the public that the Vice President performs the duties of the Acting President responsibly and in accordance with the law.

The statement from the Secretary to the Cabinet serves to dispel misinformation and reaffirm the constitutional procedures followed in ensuring effective governance during the President’s temporary absence from the country.

28 COMMENTS

  1. Rachel Chileshe is making you work now. Congratulations Rachel for speaking on behalf of the Bembas.

    In any case the vaisi president is ucileci

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    • It’s not enough to be Bemba to speak for Bembas. They have to authorize you. It’s very backward to think on these lines.

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    • If the VP normally acts as president no one must tell as so. Because we know. No need to clarify to us. It’s like telling us the the zebra is stripped in black and white.

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    • When HH goes out Mutale acts quietly . The thing is the Tonga minister have no respect for her. They just ignore her. They would rather hold their own private “cabinet meetings” else where without her.
      Really she is just sitting there without any authority. Most work requiring president approval waits until he comes. Its very sad.

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    • Whenever HH leaves on his trips …..that office is closed. There is no acting president. You think HH can allow anyone to step in the office with all these juju flying around? He is not naive….he knows.

    • Vice President Nalumango Acts As President During President Hichilema’s Global trips!
      Oh we didn’t know. We thought Hamasaka is the one who acts

  2. I think Henry you are not helping to build a free tribalism Zambia you still want to take us back to primitive days of PF who were only funding constituencies from the northern block which is very unfortunately.

    Myself I have children and nieces from luapula province and Northwestern province, and so I find your contributions very offending.

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  3. Thanks Secretary to Cabinent for this clarification. I am sure by now you are aware of a permanent secretary, a civil servant in one of the provinces using really uncivil language on a caller on radio. Really unpalatable, vulgar and un professional. I know firing him won’t happen but is he atleast going to get a warning letter for that behaviour. We are a Christian nation, aren’t we?

    • What clarification? This like putting food in the mouth with your hand and follow it up with a fork. Never has Mrs Nalumango been addressed as Acting President
      He’s explaining because someone has queried and that someone had noted the anomaly.

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  4. If she acts why do you need to clarify? Other governments that have rule this country before always released statements clearly stating who will be acting before the president even leaves. Because our absentee president is always playing Aviator and forgets to delegate.

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    • If I were Vice President for Half baked HH I would be very happy because I would be getting a lot of money since he is always away

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  5. What you should understand is that as long as you’re in public office, everything you do is in the public domain. The people that start such rumours are those you work with. People don’t have many issues with Mwami 1 because it’s been said that the person running the police is at Community House. He was once a fugitive under ECL. Similarly, they’re saying Garry Nkombo is no longer in the inner circle. He’s being treated like a leper. So, even for the VP, we heard from long ago that she’s made to hibernate whenever HH is out of the country because it’s somebody else that acts as President. And indeed people have seen the pattern of behavior of their VP. The reaction to one Rachael Chileshe seems to confirm the long held notion that the VP is an outsider.

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    • We still remember how she struggled to explain a simple matter in Parliament. She was completely lost. That seemed to confirm rumours that she isn’t part of important decisions

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    • That is sense-less. Neither do I get any sensible explanation from her honour the chola girl Mwami2. I have the feeling even if she came from the south, the situation would ba same.

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  6. Knee jerk reaction to the video that circulated showing the vp being undressed in public by a former ally. This woman is just a decor in govt. Hh can never allow a woman non t0nga to take over. He is tribal and seksist

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    • But both u Kaizar and HH are tribalists. Do you know real nation builders like Mainza Chona, Vernon Mwaanga, Kapasa Makasa, Sikota and Arthur Wina mama kankasa?

  7. Please produce the so called S.I since His Excellency started flying out that confirms she remains acting…don’t spoil your career for a few crumbs…but you were not a civil servant you were a cadre even became mayor before someone rescued you and sent you to manage disasters…

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    • Just like the PF print out the SI doesn’t exist. Kangwa knows he’s standing on coke top so he’s got to be steady as he lies with a straight face.

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