The plan to reshuffle cabinet and a team of other senior government officials by President Michael Sata is nothing but an exercise to hide his inability to organize a competent government that would deliver on the now failed promises, United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has said.
“We are aware as the United Party for National Development that President Sata will soon reshuffle his cabinet and a team of other senior government officials such as permanent secretaries. It must be noted that President Sata’s pool of human resource which is heavily regional inclined doe not comprise the requisite competences for national development. He should endeavour to build a team of ministers and permanent secretaries that will help him deliver on the promises and meet the aspirations of the people,” Hichilema said.
He said the new look cabinet President Sata was planning should be dedicated to fighting corruption, lawlessness and adherence to the principles of democracy and good governance.
Hichilema said it was important for the Head of State to organize a team that would help him resolve the problems ordinary Zambians were facing as a result of the removal of subsidies on maize and fuel as well as the reduction on the electricity tariffs.
He said unemployment had remained the biggest challenge for government and it was therefore imperative that President Sata should constitute a team that would implement policies that would help create employment for many unemployed Zambians.
The UPND leader said President Sata’s bloated cabinet was devoid of fiscal discipline and a convincing plan for national development and that the planned reshuffle should address the concerns by citizens about a large cabinet.
Hichilema said in a statement to Daily Nation that President Sata should instead realign his cabinet and government in a manner that would help him effectively run government.
He said the Head of State should concentrate on how best to run government adding the haphazard of placement of personnel had made governance difficult.
He said it was important for the Head of State to adopt the virtues of humility and humbleness and reduce the gap between the citizens by closely interacting with them.
Hichilema said in the reshuffles, President Sata should be aiming at building a credible team of ministers and permanent secretaries that would help him meet the aspirations of the people.