THE newly appointed Cabinet ministers have been urged to translate President Edgar Lungu’s vision of making Zambia a better country into reality.
Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) president Andrew Ntewewe observed that President Lungu’s vision could only become a reality if ministers were effective.
President Lungu was inaugurated last Tuesday and has since appointed eight ministers to his new Cabinet. Mr. Ntewewe told the Daily Nation in an interview that in his inauguration speech, President Lungu had proved that he had better plans for Zambia.
He said the plans could only work out if Cabinet ministers were committed towards sustaining, promoting and implementing the President’s vision.
“Looking at the inauguration speech by President Lungu, the President has a great vision for the country. It’s now up to the ministers to work with the President by being effective and loyal so that they can translate this vision into reality. “We are expectant that the ministers are going to be looking at the vision that the President has given to the Zambian people, because if they do not fit into that vision, then there will be a problem. But if the ministers are committed to the President’s vision, everything will move smoothly,” Mr. Ntewewe said. He reiterated that ministers must work extremely hard to make Zambia a better country and also improve the living standards of its people. Mr. Ntewewe cautioned the ministers to ensure that they put the interests of Zambians first.
He said ministers should realise that they had not been appointed to play or enjoy, but to offer a service to Zambians.
“Ministers must work hard. They have not been appointed to relax and enjoy. There is no time to enjoy. This is the time that each and every Zambian should work hard.
“Our expectation is that the ministers appointed have a responsibility to carry out public duties, so they must be able to live by that standard and put the interest of Zambians first.
‘‘If we talk of expectations, we talk about zero tolerance to corruption, hard work, industrialisation, diversification and unity,” he said.