THE appointment of two deputy ministers in each ministry is nothing but the continuation of a wasteful policy at the expense of service delivery to the people of Zambia, the National Restoration Party (NAREP) has said.
NAREP president Elias Chipimo said yesterday that his party was disappointed with the decision by President Edgar Lungu to continue with the policy of appointing two deputy ministers in each ministry which has made his Government bloated.
President Lungu has so far appointed 32 deputy ministers in 21 ministries including State House while the Ministry of Finance’s position is still vacant.
Mr Chipimo said NAREP was aware that there was political expediency in using Government positions to reward Patriotic Front (PF) loyalists, faithfuls and chancers. He said in a statement yesterday that there was also a scheme by President Lungu to entice members of Parliament from the opposition political parties.
Mr Chipimo however said that with President Lungu taking over the governance of the country he was hopeful that there would be a fresh type of politics that would recognize the suffering of the majority poor people.
He said there was need for President Lungu to consider maintaining a lean Cabinet and prioritising the creation of decent jobs and a decent standard of living for Zambians, adding that it was not too late for President Lungu to reorganize the ministries and trim the bloated Cabinet.
“NAREP is disappointed with the decision by President Lungu to continue with the wasteful policy of appointing two deputy ministers to certain Cabinet portfolios. We know there is political expediency in using these Government positions to reward loyalists, party faithful and general chancers as well as to entice opposition MPs. However, our hope is for a fresh type of politics that would recognise the suffering of the people and the need for our leaders to live by example by maintaining a small Cabinet and by prioritising the creation of decent jobs and a decent standard of living,” Mr Chipimo said.