Bambazonke President: Sata in another constitutional breach

Bambazonke President: Sata in another constitutional breach

Sata holding the Bible while swearing to uphold and protect constitution

President  Michael Sata has again breached the republican constitution when he personally swore in members of the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) against the provision that they are supposed to be sworn in by either the Chief Justice or a High Court Judge.
According to the Teaching Service C0mmission Act, the Chairperson of the Commission is supposed to be sworn in by the Chief Justice. The Vice Chairperson and the other members are supposed to be sworn by a High Court Judge.
However in his usual confusion and acrimonious way of doing things, President Sata this morning swore in Jennifer Chiwele who was in that position during the Kaunda era as Chairperson and Alfred Sikazwe as the Vice Chairperson.
Cabinet office sources told the watchdog that it was the first time in the history of the country that the President swore-in members of the Teaching Service Commission.
“The reason for this is simple, this was to make sure that we have total separation of powers,” said the source.
Sources from Cabinet office said when they tried to advice they had been rebuffed by State House.
“The President is really in a hurry to show Dr Kenneth Kaunda that he is truly following his instructions by parading even people who are not supposed to be sworn-in by him. The Teaching service secretary a Mr Namate had already made arrangements at the High Court and we were just surprised to receive a call from State House that the commissioners must go,” said the Cabinet office source.
This is not the first time that President Sata is breaching the republican constitution. Shortly after assuming office President Sata nominated 10 Members of Parliament (MPs) against the constitutional requirement of eight.

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