4 ex-ministers miss Cabinet list

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu yesterday unveiled his full Cabinet which saw four former ministers being omitted from the Cabinet list.

The President has not reappointed Wilbur Simuusa (Agriculture),  Mwansa Kapeya (Lands) Emmanuel Chenda (Local Government) and Bob Sichinga (Commerce) and they have lost their portfolios in Government.

Mr Lungu instead appointed Kabwata member of Parliament Given Lubinda as Agriculture Minister, Zambezi West MP Christabel Ngimbu as Minister of Lands while Chishimba Kambwili was now Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services.

Christopher Yaluma, Fackson Shamenda and Yamfwa Mukanga have been brought back to ministries of Mines and Water Development, Labour and Social Services and Transport, Works and Communications respectively.

MMD Chipangali MP Vincent Mwale and his Mwandi counterpart Michael Kaingu have been appointed ministers of Sports and Education respectively while Emerine Kabanshi and Dr John Phiri have been taken to Community Development and Local Government and Housing respectively.

Mr Lungu has since called on Zambians to take hatred out of politics and banish all vices that divide the people.

He said the presidential election was over and therefore Zambians in true character as a democratic people should summon their collective will and move the country forward.

The President has urged political players to compete freely on a market of ideas, stating that democracy demanded tolerance to ensure that every citizen made meaningful contribution in nation building.

He said Zambia was a country for all citizens and that each one of them should be allowed to work towards making the country a better place.

President Lungu said the process of re-organising Government was not a simple task and that he had to consult widely to ensure that the outlook of his Cabinet was as representative as possible so that it could reflect the broad national character.

The Head of State said he had to appoint some MPs from the opposition political parties to ensure that regions where the Patriotic Front (PF) did not perform well were equally represented.

He stated that he had taken time to appoint his full cabinet because he wanted to carefully balance his Cabinet which he said was a blend of the old and young.

“Zambia is for all of us and we must all make it a better place. We must take hatred out of politics and banish all vices that divide our people. Elections are over and therefore, in our true character as a democratic people, we must summon our collective will to move the country forward. Let us compete freely in a market of ideas, tolerating one another in diversity and ensuring that each one of us makes a contribution in national building,” President Lungu said.

The President said he was demanding nothing less than excellence from his ministers because he was in a hurry to deliver the promises the party made to Zambians.

“We do not have the luxury of time before we go back to the people to ask for their vote. As President, I serve notice, and I have informed all the appointees to my Government that I expect the highest levels of integrity, performance, discipline and unity of purpose,” President Lungu said.

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One Response to “4 ex-ministers miss Cabinet list”

  1. Mwansa Kabinga says:


    As President Lungu’s Government restructures its government, there is need to review its policy on tertiary institutions in Zambia.

    Ever since the PF came into power in 2011, its Government made many promises which it vowed would accomplish in 90 days. The Zambian peoples were promised to get a new Constitution; there would be jobs for youths; more money in the pockets.

    The most dreadful promise was PF’s rallying song of establishing new universities. Due to Sata’s own humble education attainments, the President was surrounded by species of Zambians who had no concept on the meaning of a University as an institution of higher learning.

    The most politically sensitive areas for Sata’s regime were the Lusaka Province, Chinsali District, Copperbelt Province, Western Province and Luapula Province.

    In order to appease the peoples of these areas, we head pronouncements of creating universities at Chalimbana Teachers College and at Palabana Animals Training Centre in Lusaka Province. An institution that was originally planned to be a Police College in Chinsali was to be turned into a Robert Makasa University. A Teachers College that specialises on Science education was to be turned into Mukuba University in Kitwe. Other universities were projected at Mongu in Western Province and in Mansa in Luapula Province.

    The establishment of these new universities would go along with the creation of luxurious positions of at least six new Vice-Chancellors, six new Registrars, six new Chancellors, six new University Councils. All these structures would need to be budgeted from Zambia’s meagre financial resources.

    We wonder whether technocrats and senior PF politicians who advised Sata actually understood the meaning or concept of running a University. Yet a casual glance at some universities in South Africa reveals that academic staff at Universities are highly qualified academically backed up by a rich experience in RESEARCH. University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, Wits University, University of Pretoria, University of Kwa Zulu Natal have earned global respect due to outstanding research innovations which they have accomplished.

    In principle, teaching at University level is based on lecture topics drawn from current research findings. A university Lecturer must have attained a PhD degree to appreciate the value of research methodology.

    Apparently, the Zambian Govt has a serious challenge of raising university standards at UNZA, Mulungushi and CBU to levels that have been attained to good Universities in South Africa. There must be deliberate effort to fund our three public universities in terms of infrastructures and state-of –art equipment and Libraries. Only after having adequately funded the existing universities can leaders intertain wild dreams of creating universities at Chalimbana, Palabana, Kitwe, Mongu, Chinsali and Mansa.

    It is hereby proposed that Zambia develops and expand university education based on structures existing at University of London, Oxford University and Cambridge University. Each of these three British universities administers a chain of University Colleges. This arrangement is cost effective for maintaining One Vice Chancellor who chairs a single Senate – an academic body that develops credible curricula for its crop of Colleges.

    In this regard, Chalimbana and Palabana can be turned into University Colleges under the University of Zambia. A Teachers College along the Kitwe-Chingola road can be administered as College of Education under The Copperbelt University. Kwame Nkrumah College can be administered by the Mulungushi University.

    The development of this country lies on developing tertiary education to emphasise on establishing Technical Institutions. The country needs highly trained artisans in such fields as Electricians, Plumbers, Automoble Technicians, Hydrologists, Textile Technicians, Builders, Agricultural Techinicians, Horticulturalists, Paramedical Technicians, Nurses, Metereologists, Jounralists, Aviation Technicians, Food Technologists and a host of other forms of industrial Technicians. These will necessitate the establishment of good Technical Colleges. The net result will be the creation of sustainable jobs for many of our youths.

    Hence, the idea of establishing more Universities must be re-visited seriously.


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