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Open letter to former president Edgar Lungu

Dear sir,

After attending church service in Chainda compound accompanied by a phalanx of news crews as has become your habit whenever you chose to attend church gatherings, you issued some very alarming statements which bordered on threatening our national cohesion and security.

This was in reference to President Hakainde Hichilema’s choice of appointment of commanders of our security wings, and of course presiding officers of our august house – Parliament.

You were quoted as follows in the September 6, 2021, issue of News Diggers publication: “It is for you to judge who means well. Because I heard remarks in Parliament like One Zambia, One Region and that is worrying. It is a political statement, One Zambia, One Region or One Zambia, One Nation. If we see what is going on, we are worried. Seriously speaking, I think they should do more about the One Zambia, One Nation motto to ensure that it is seen in the practical implementation of policy making decisions and also positioning of people.”

With due respect Sir, it is hypocritical of you to talk about tribal balancing now when you neglected to do so seven years you were in power! Your very stay in State House was tainted with crass tribalism and regionalism!

You are the same person that saw nothing wrong with your senior government officials issuing derogatory remarks against other ethnic groups. Did you ever censure your running-mate Nkandu Luo, and other ministers who were speaking ill of a certain tribe? Who sponsored Chishimba Kambwili to fly around the country during the last campaigns to demonise the same ethnic group? Wasn’t it you or your cohorts?

In case you’ve forgotten sir, you are the same person who, as home affairs minister, wanted me charged for treason in 2012 or there about when I authored an article titled “SATA’S FAMILY FOREST EXPLAINED.” The article went to greater lengths detailing how the PF government went out of the way to appoint Cabinet ministers and senior government officials from one particular region at the expense of others. Clearly, this didn’t sit well with you since you are the apostle of tribalism, and hence you wanted me condemned to hell.

As encouraged by President Hichilema when swearing in his officials, I have taken time to scrutinise his Cabinet and, of course, compared it with yours – it stinks of utter tribalism and regionalism! You had completely ignored people from some certain parts of the country simply because they didn’t vote for you. What sort of father of the nation were you?

I am now listing the two examples hereunder so that citizens can make their own judgments:

President Edgar Lungu’s cabinet

Vice President – Inonge Wina (Western).

Presidential Affairs – Freedom Sikazwe (Northern region).

Defense – Davis Chama (Central).

Home Affairs – Steven Kampyongo (Northern region).

Finance – Bwalya Ng’andu (Northern region).

National Development & Planning – Alexander Chiteme (Central).

Foreign Affairs – Joseph Malanji (North-Western)

Justice – Given Lubinda (Western).

Commerce Trade & Industry – Christopher Yaluma (Northern region).

Health – Chitalu Chilufya (Jonas Chanda) (Northern region).

Mines & Minerals Development – Richard Musukwa (Northern region).

Energy Mathews – Nkhuwa (Eastern).

Local Government – Charles Banda (Eastern).

Housing & Infrastructure Development – Vincent Mwale (Eastern).

Information & Broadcasting Services – Dora Siliya (Eastern).

Tourism & Arts Ronald Chitotela – (Northern region).

Lands – Jean Kapata (North-Western).

Agriculture – Michael Katambo – (Copperbelt).

Works & Supply – Sylvia Chalikosa – (Northern region).

Labour – Joyce Nonde-Simukoko – (Northern region).

General Education – Dennis Wanchinga – (Northern region).

Religious Affairs – Godfridah Sumaili – (Northern region).

Chiefs & Traditional Affairs – Lawrence Sichalwe – (Northern region).

Community Development – Mulenga Kampamba – (Northern region).

Fisheries and Live Stock – Nkandu Luo (Northern region).

Higher Education – Brian Mushimba (Northern region).

Youth & Sport – Elias Mulenga (Northern region)

Water Development – Raphael Nakachinda – (Southern).

Gender – Elizabeth Phiri – (Eastern).

Office of the President – Olipa Mwansa – (Northern region).

NB: Due to the similarity of names in the northern parts of our country, I’ve have combined Northern, Luapula and Muchinga provinces to make it easy for our people to understand.

Cabinet positions Lungu’s government were distributed as follows:

Northern regions – 17, Southern – 1, Northwestern – 2, Western – 2, Copperbelt – 1, Central – 1, Eastern – 6, Lusaka – 0.

This cabinet was dominated by people from two particular regions – Northern and Eastern. What unity did you strive to demonstrate as espoused in our motto One Zambia, One nation? This is a national scandal and must never be allowed to recur!

President Hichilema’s cabinet

Vice-President – Mutale Nalumango (Northern region).

Defense – Ambrose Lufuma (North-Western).

Home Affairs – Jack Mwimbu (Southern).

Finance – Situmbeko Musotwane (Western).

Foreign Affairs – Stanley Kakubo (Central).

Energy – Kapala Chibwe (Northern region).

Mines & Minerals Development – Paul Kabuswe (Northern region).

Water & Sanitation – Mike Mposha (Lusaka).

Health – Sylvia Masebo (Lusaka).

Education – Douglas Syakalima (Lusaka).

Community Development – Doreen Mwamba (Northern region).

Labour – Brenda Tambatamba (North-Western)

Lands & Natural Resources – Elijah Muchima (North-Western).

Transport & Logistics – Frank Tayali (Copperbelt).

Justice – Mulambo Haimbe (Southern).

Infrastructure & Urban Development – Charles Milupi (Western).

Technology & Science – Felix Mutati (Northern region).

Commerce & Industry – Chipoka Mulenga (Northern region).

Agriculture – Mutolo Phiri (Eastern).

Information & Media – Chushi Kasanda (Central).

Small & Medium Enterprises – Elias Mubanga (Northern region).

Local Government & Housing – Gary Nkombo (Southern).

Livestock & Fisheries – Makozo Chikote (Western).

Tourism – Rodney Sikumba (Southern).

Green Economy & Environment – Collins Nzovu (Central).

Youth & Sport – Elvis Nkandu (Northern region).

NB: In this cabinet, positions are allocated as follows: Northern regions – 8, Southern – 4, North-Western – 3, Western – 3, Copperbelt – 1, Central – 3, Eastern – 1, Lusaka – 3.

You may conclude from this list that Bally has bent over backwards to ensure that his cabinet represents a national character as per promise during the elections. All the provinces are represented…this is how it should be! You must apologise for the various crimes you committed whilst in office.

Prince Bill M Kaping’a

Political and social analyst.

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