Cabinet Ministers must vacate Office – LAZ

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Cabinet meeting with Deputy MinistersThe law association of Zambia has taken a position and states that cabinet minister shall vacate office after parliament dissolves on Wednesday (May 11) because it is a constitutional requirement to do so.

LAZ has stated that cabinet minister shall vacate office when parliament dissolves according to article 116 sections 1 as read with article 72 sections 1, and it will be unconstitutional if cabinet ministers will insist to remain in office.

LAZ says vacating office is in line with tenets of good governance, democracy and the rule of law, and anything cabinet minister will do contrary to this shall be against the interest of the Zambian people.

And LAZ has warned that it will take the matter to court if cabinet ministers will insist to remain in office after parliament dissolves.

At a media briefing at its offices in Lusaka today, LAZ president Linda Kasonde further states that cabinet ministers may have remained in office if they were appointed from outside parliament as they would not have been subjected to the life of parliament.

LAZ has stated that it will be constitutional for the vice president to remain in office after dissolution of parliament as he or she is not required be appointed from among members of parliament.

But Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula has dared LAZ to go ahead and seek legal redress saying Ministers will continue until new office bearers are sworn in.

And during question and answer session, LAZ President Linda Kasonde said ballot papers must be printed in a place where all political parties and stakeholders are happy to avoid acrimony.

And on the referendum, Ms Kasonde says LAZ is of the view that it should not be held alongside the general election to avoid politicizing it.

LAZ says although it appreciates the cost implications of holding the referendum alone, it is far better in the long run than holding it with the general election.

 

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7 Responses to Cabinet Ministers must vacate Office – LAZ

  1. Well done LAZ and madame Linda Kasonde keep it up you are a professional.

    Hacksgeo
    May 11, 2016 at 12:15 am
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    • Thanx LAZ. I have been posting this blog in reaction to Dr Ngosa Simbyakula’s parliamentary statement which says:

      “Dr Simbyakula, who was speaking during the second reading of the bill, also said ministers will serve in their positions until a new republican president is elected”.

      Check Lusakatimes.com 5th May 2016 & I believe Linda was also reacting to this useless statement.

      How do they continue up to August (or September if Second Round is needed) when parliament from which they qualified to be appointed as tu ma Ministers is dissolved?

      This is a bad constitution then. Already G12 is a simmering issue now you want to confuse us more by adding another contentious issue of cabinet continuing beyond parliamentary mandate! As if that’s not enough. Judge Dominic Sichinga instead of pouring water to quench the already simmering G12 fire he decides to pour petrol by ruling everyone with tertiary certificate qualifies to contest. So even a G7 who became Bush Mechanic through experience at home cos his father had a garage & therefore made money & decided to buy his/her way into a vocational institution & obtained practical certification cos in this Judge’s view its higher than G12? But most likely this G7 guy may not even read & write but can repair a BMW or Benz!

      We are all cautious that in life we can never be equal. Therefore no one should be condemned to perpetual unemployment or hunger simply because they have no G12 certificate. Hence vocational certificates are merely given to anyone who has the ability to perform some tasks & has undergone some formal training. This allows everybody educated or uneducated to have a means of earning a living. But that does not necessarily equate every Jim & Jack to be a ‘G12 graduate’. Let Sichinga realize that in life there are “social stratas” & hence we have Cleaners, Artisans, Teachers, Lawyers etc. Even education wise there are ‘educational stratas’ i.e. certificates, diplomas, degrees, Masters & PHD holders. So if one desires to reach the pinnacle of educational life no one should bar them. All they need is to pass through genuine ‘social mobility’ from one level to another. Simply stated those with no G12 can still obtain it through night school, distance learning, evening classes just like girl children are now allowed to get back to school after dropping out due to pregnancies! We do not need a repeat of a UNIP stewart who repeatedly failed law class exams & failed to submit assignments & when confronted by UNZA Lecturers why he did not submit his assignments would just threateningly answer “Young man don’t you know I was attending to national issues with the President” simply because he was close to President Kaunda. The Lecturer would dare not ask further questions. Sometimes this man would submit answers to questions of his choice totally different from what the Lecturer assigned students to research on. If you know this man (MHSRIP) you can name him!

      Let Lungu not dissolve parliament then if Ministers are to continue. Or is Simbyakula suggesting the 50+ Ministers/ Deputies will continue as Ministers assumed to have all been appointed/ nominated outside parliament? They were appointed from within parliament & as such should go with dissolution of parliament. Veep can remain as per old tradition to continue deputizing the President in case of anything though the constitution has taken care of that. Remember If President dies, Veep Acts or if Veep is not available Chief Justice or Speaker will act for 90 days.

      Government can still function without tuma Ministers. That’s why Permanent Secretaries are there. How did Gen Buhari run populous Nigeria(180 million people) without Ministers for over 6 months after being sworn in? What more with Ka small Zambia with less than 15 million people & for a period less than 3 months only? Immediately Gen Buhari appointed Ministers problems crept in : fuel shortages with queues never seen before.

      Let the Tuma Ministers go even together with the Veep ,like Mandela would say, if needs be!

      Neutral
      May 11, 2016 at 9:08 am
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  2. even just seen her face she looks so inteligent and i believe she will handle her position carefully continue to be upright

    Kape
    May 11, 2016 at 7:17 am
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  3. That’s the way to go madam.

    Benny
    May 11, 2016 at 8:16 am
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  4. She’s cute. Is she married? Or is she a lesbian?

    Freddie Champeshamano
    May 11, 2016 at 9:12 am
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  5. Chapeshamano you are out order. This woman could be like South Africa’s Thuli Madonsela. If she can take out the cabinet ministers out of today. She will be my heroin. Keep it up madam

    mutati lunte
    May 11, 2016 at 9:17 am
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  6. well done madam

    clive
    May 11, 2016 at 10:48 am
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