Following numerous comments from genuine PF members that MMD faction supported by former President Rupiah Banda has taken over the ruling PF, we hereby produce a list of some of the known MMD figureheads controlling key positions in the PF government, with some brief analysis.
Agriculture minister Dora Siliya: Petauke MP famous for corruption in the tender to award radar installation at the then Lusaka International airport when she served as transport and communications minister. As education minister, she nearly sold all government schools and decision was only reversed by Michael Sata. The acquisition of defective turbines at Kariba which are linked to loadshedding is attributed to her when Edgar Lungu appointed her as energy minister. She is now named in the Malawi maize scandal, her Malawian counterpart has been dismissed.
Others are Felix Mutati – Finance, Margaret Mwanakatwe – Commerce, Vincent Mwale – Local government, Lucky Mulusa – National Planning, Dennis Wanchinga – General Education, Michael Katambo – Livestock and fisheries, Moses Mawere – Youth and Sports, Mathews Nkhuwa – Works and Supply, Victoria Kalima – Gender and Charles Banda – Tourism.
With this composition, it means MMD is running the economy, the councils throughout the country, contracts are in the hands of MMD, women and food security is also under RB’s control. To strengthen the grip, the key provinces in the country, Lusaka and Copperbelt are under Japhen Mwakalombe and Bowman Lusambo respectively. Mwakalombe was once Chongwe MP under MMD before resigning to be sent into foreign service while Lusambo is a well known thug running the MMD die hard youths. MMD has sunk its teeth even into the civil service at district and permanent secretary levels.