Lungu is breaking law by including deputy ministers in cabinet meetings – FDD

The decision by Edgar Lungu to have deputy ministers attend cabinet meetings is UNCONSTITUTIONAL and should be STOPPED IMMEDIATELY.
Article 49 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia clearly defines the composition of cabinet and who should attend cabinet meetings. Article 49 states that, and I quote “There shall be a cabinet which consist of thePresident the Vice President and the Ministers” end quote. The Constitution further lists the ex-officios who are mandated to sit in Cabinet meetings and Deputy Ministers are NOT included. There is nowhere in our Constitution where deputy ministers are mandated to seat in cabinet meetings therefore Mr. Lungu’s decision is ILLEGAL and should be stopped immediately.
As FDD, we challenge Edgar Lungu to explain to the nation which Law he is using to have deputy ministers as part of cabinet proceedings failure to which we shall seek judicial review in the courts of law. Mr. Lungu’s action is a violation of the Republican Constitution which is an impeachable offence in accordance with Article 37 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia which he swore to uphold and defend.
President Edgar Lungu’s decision to rape and mar the Republican Constitution with impunity sets a dangerous precedence and has the potential to cause mobocracy and flux in the nation. Zambia is an ascendant democratic state and not a banana republic where Lungu and his minions can do as they please.
As a nation, we need to rise up and defend the Republican Constitution and ensure that our elected leaders act within the confines of the law.
Antonio Mwanza,
FDD Spokesperson.

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