Cabinet has always been dissolved with parliament


Outgoing president Edgar Lungu says says Ministers will remain in their positions after the dissolution of parliament.

Lungu said the constitution is very clear when it states that current ministers have to hand over to the new Ministers that will be appointed after the next elections.

He has wondered how Ministers in the current cabinet will hand over responsibilities to the new cabinet if they get dissolved with Parliament.

Lungu is really a confused person. This is not the first time parliament has been dissolved to pave way for elections. It happened in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011. In all these times, ministers ceased to hold office and there has never been a question of who they will hand over power to. The particular law Lungu is referring to in the constitution is not new, and even if it was, handing over doesn’t not mean it has to be done on the same. It can be done even after six months.

But we understand, Lungu wants his ministers to abuse government facilities during campaigns and he also fears that some of his ministers will defect if he has nothing to give then anymore.

Below is what former president Rupiah Banda said when he dissolved both parliament and cabinet in 2011.

LUSAKA: Zambian president Rupiah Banda dissolved parliament July 28 and named September 20 as polling day in the country’s scheduled general elections.

In a televised national address on 28 July 2011, Banda said after consultations with the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) he was now satisfied that the country was ready to hold the elections.

“Today July 28, 2011, I have signed the proclamation of the dissolution of the national assembly… this means parliament stands dissolved… it means that cabinet is equally dissolved,” he said.  He has also signed the presidential, parliamentary and local government elections date of poll declaration as most of the logistics for holding the elections were in place and the ECZ had confirmed that the final voter register would be ready by the end of July.  There has been much speculation and much anxiety about the date of the elections. “I can now announce to the nation that the elections will be held on Tuesday 20th September, 2011,” he said.

In line with the constitution, the president and the vice president would continue to hold office until a new government assumes office.

“During the interim period the organs of state will continue to function. I, as president will exercise the executive powers directly with the assistance of the vice president and other government officials.”  He called for peaceful campaigns and elections saying the country had a proud history of democracy, “let us build on it.”

All candidates had to conduct themselves with integrity, honour and fairness.  “Zambia has no need for lies, smears, political thuggery and negative campaigning.  We do not want this election to be marred by any irregularities. I remind all Zambians that election observers will be invited, that the eyes of the world will be upon us,” he said.

The announcement had been imminent for some time and is a response to calls from the opposition and NGOs to stopping stalling and name polling day. He could not do this earlier as the final voter’s register was not ready and urged that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) be left to do their work without undue pressure.

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