Former president Rupiah Banda has directed president Edgar Lungu to appoint his lawyer Sakwiba Sikota as minister. Lungu has obliged.
Lungu, in is his trial and error leadership has created more ministries to give jobs to his and Rupiah’s cadres since the government can not create real jobs.
Lungu is also expected to appoint former bank of Zambia governor Caleb Fundanga as minister of Finance or deputy minister under Christopher
Nvunga. Nvunga is currently the deputy minister though people in his ministry say he is ‘amazingly dull’. Fundanga was governor of BoZ under Rupiah.
It means that Lungu will have to nominate both Sikota and Fundanga as members of parliament. Alexander Chikwanda will be discarded but it is not yet clear which other nominated MP will be kicked out. Apparently, Chikwanda’ statement that he would not continue as minister beyond 2016 has irked Lungu who interpreted it as meaning that he Chikwanda does not care or need the job. According to people close to Lungu, the PF leader felt that Chikwanda was being insolent by announcing his retirement to the public without first telling his boss.
Other names that have been mentioned as potential appointees include Dora Siliya, Kasenengwa MP Victoria Kalima, Muchinga MP Howard Kunda, all Rupiah’s loyalists and, the PF plans to approach Lunte MP Felix Mutati. Jonas Shakafuswa of UPND has also been mentioned as one of the job seekers.
MPs like Victoria Kalima and Howard Kunda have been deliberately targeted to undermine Nevers Mumba as they seem to have divided loyalty to Rupiah and Dr Mumba. But once Rupiah gives them jobs as ministers, they will forget about Dr Mumba and focus on the ball – money.
One person whose job is at risk is Bank of Zambia governor Denny Kalyalya. The Watchdog has been reliably informed that State House has passed a vote of no confidence in Kalyalya. State House regards Kalyalya as being either grossly incompetent or being a UPND sympathiser and therefore deliberately damaging the Kwacha to embarrass PF.