Why appoint Cabinet Ministers in batches

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fb_img_1473952654353By Kelvin Esiasa

It’s not clear why President Lungu prefers to appoint cabinet ministers in batches instead of appointing all cabinet members at the same time, a situation which causes a lot of panic among the citizens as well as the likely appointees.

This is the second time that the President is doing it. In 2015 the President took time to appoint the full cabinet. Firstly the President appointed few cabinet Ministers and later appointed a few and later appointed the whole cabinet.

It’s not clear why he has been using this approach to appoint his cabinet. The first time this happened Zambians thought it was because he was not ready to appoint members of the cabinet at the same time saying he did not exactly know his colleagues. Therefore, Zambians appreciated this approach as well as understood the reasons he advanced on why he did not appoint the Cabinet Ministers at once.

But this time around, he has repeated the same approach. Members of the public have taken this approach as  teasing the people who are jostling for the positions of Cabinet Minister. The general public feel this approach means a lot to them. Some are wondering if the president really knows the people he wants to appoint as Ministers or he is playing a game teasing his would be appointees.

The other questions that people are raising is the question on why should the President take time to appoint cabinet when he had all-time during the election campaign to constitute his cabinet. Or why should the President pose when appointing cabinet Ministers when he exactly know the people he want to appoint as Ministers. Is it the issue of consultation or taking a break? Or it’s an issue of testing the water among the members of the ruling party.

The members of the public are justified when they complain about this dozing appointments.  For instance, the appointing of ministers in batches just distorts the confidence of those who want to be appointed as cabinet Ministers.

The question that is also pertinent with the general public is that why should the appointment of Cabinet Ministers be a secret when this is just a service appointment. What is special about becoming a cabinet Minister when the people that are appointed are just going to render a service to the Zambians.

Appointing cabinet Ministers is not a number one secret. This is because it’s a consultative process where every person involved is a ware of. Obviously I would not be wrong if I say that  the President before appointing a person as cabinet Minister would ensure that he consults the team that he has constituted to appoint  Cabinet Ministers and the next thing the President would do is to consult the person he wishes to appoint as a Cabinet Minister. Obviously, this process is done in confidence but it’s an open secret because there are people that are fully aware of the appointing. So appointing Ministers in batches is a sign that the President is not confident with his Process.

Although the appointing of Ministers is the prerogative of the President but it’s important that the President appoint those he wants to appoint as ministers at once. This would greatly help those who are not appointed to go on with life. Instead of people wondering who to be appointed as ministers, people would move own with life when they know who are to be ministers.

The appointment of ministers at once also makes those who want to congratulate the Minister do it in an honest way. This also helps those who want  to support the President support the President.

But the appointing of Ministers in batches is the sign that something is wrong with the appointing process. Why should the appointee pause when he knows exactly who to appoint? This is a serious question.

I rest my case.


13 Responses to Why appoint Cabinet Ministers in batches

  1. He does not know what to do, no wonder he is the only forged president who has been appointing his cabinet in series. The idiot just guesses and does not even know the faces of these thieves he is appointing. CHIPANTEPANTE AT WORK.

    Onezambia, Twonations
    September 19, 2016 at 8:00 am

  2. do you really think the so-called ministers and their caliber are appointed to serve the nation? I don’t think so!reason is he is taking time in order to make sure he appoints people who will lick his boots the most,people who will serve him the most.Serving the people isn’t the story at all.

    September 19, 2016 at 8:04 am

  3. It is very possible that the ministers apply and there is a quid pro quo. There may be a secret committee reviewing these applications. Those who review the applications also extract some hefty financial promises. It goes the same for the appointment of the judiciary. Concessions as what to do or not do in the judicial office are traded. This information is from high authority in the chain of command.

    Kingdom Hall
    September 19, 2016 at 8:12 am

  4. It’s simply because running a Country is not like being popular in Dundumwezi where even cows have a say

    September 19, 2016 at 8:21 am

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  6. he had busy schedule,he wanted to do key ministry first.nothing sinister

    September 19, 2016 at 8:52 am

  7. Does Chikala sleep well. He is a troubled soul seething with tribal hatred. The fellow will die soon from pent up hatred and imprisoned poisons. It is not enough for him to know that they stole the vote. Even they don’t sleep well knowing they stole the vote. Conscience will eventually get to them. The result is known.
    Regarding Chongo, is the Ministry of Justice not a key ministry? What busy schedule does Lungu have other than travelling with Mumbi Phiri? The list of ministers can be compiled on a napkin while Is savouring his favourite beverage. It is not complicated. He is waiting for the highest bidder after Kaizer Zulu has taken his cut.

    Kingdom Hall
    September 19, 2016 at 9:21 am

  8. Why should it be a problem to you. Let our president choose using his own style . Don’t force him to go your way. If you don’t like it we like it that way. Why to you have to complain for everything.

    John hamalenge
    September 19, 2016 at 9:28 am

  9. he is at the moment negotiating with some opposition MPS from southern,western and north westeren so that he can include them in his cabinet as you are aware lungu does not have MPS from these regions.And for him to formulate a balanced cabinet he needs to take time and negotiate with some of them.

    I think that,s where the appointing of ministers in batches is ciming from

    September 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm

  10. It is simply because they have to bribe the President for ministerial positions, so Lungu has to weight for the highest bidder. simple. He told us that he loves money.

    September 19, 2016 at 8:09 pm

  11. It is simply because they have to bribe the President for ministerial positions, so Lungu has to wait for the highest bidder. simple. He told us that he loves money.

    September 19, 2016 at 8:10 pm

  12. His decisions are non.of my business right now. He can appoint who ever he wants & at ever time. HE IS A THIEF.., a murderer of democracy..and the hope for better zambia.

    September 20, 2016 at 12:44 pm

  13. His decisions are non of my business right now. He can appoint who ever he wants & at what ever time. HE IS A THIEF.., a murderer of democracy..and the hope for better zambia.

    September 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm

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