Members of Parliament from the Northern Province have welcomed the appointment of Emmanuel Mwamba as Permanent Secretary for the province after meeting him today.
And the Watchdog has been informed that the UPND is putting extreme pressure of party youth coordinator Brian Hapunda to turn down his appointment as High Commissioner to South Africa.
Meanwhile, information received indicate that Anti-Voter Apathy president Bonnie Tembo is in Northern province to mobilise youths to demonstrate against the appointment of Mwamba.
The first demonstration was supposed to take place Thursday morning but it flopped because PF youths declined to take part saying they needed instructions from Lusaka.
By Thursday afternoon, Tembo was trying to mobilise youths from Caritas Zambia in Kasama.
Mwamba is former President Fredrick Chiluba’s spokesperson and was until now Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Second President. Following the death of Chiluba on 18th June 2011, Mwamba was taken back to Cabinet Office awaiting redeployment.
Mwamba’s meeting with MPs was held in Lusaka in a Committee Room at the National Assembly and chaired by Mpulungu Member of Parliament and Northern Province Minister Freedom Chomba Sikazwe.
The MPs urged Mwamba to direct his youthful energy to bringing development in the province and implementing the policies and initiatives of President Sata and the PF government.
The MPs also stated that Mwamba will hold a unique but important position as president Sata was pioneering the formation of a new province from Northern Province, Muchinga and it was important that the transition was smooth and expedited to allow development reach the people quickly.
In his response, Mwamba thanked President Michael Sata for according him an opportunity to serve the people of Zambia. He also thanked the MPs for their gesture and trust, to work with his office and said his office will be used as a vehicle to bring the much needed development and help alleviate poverty in the province.
also said he will implement President Sata’s vision to involve traditional chiefs and authorities in fertiliser and seed distribution and other development needs.
Northern Province has 21 constituencies and President Michael Sata informed the nation during his inaugural address to the first session of the Eleventh National Assembly, that the province will be divided into two by creating Muchinga province that will consist of districts east of the Chambeshi River – Mpika, Chinsali, Isoka, Nakonde and Chama from Eastern province.
On UPND youth coordinator Brian Hapunda, the Watchdog has been informed that UPND MPs summoned him to appear before them parliament motel Wednesday evening.
The MPs took turns on ‘advising’ him not to take up the appointment.
UPND president Hakainded Hichilema is also said to be strongly against the appointment.
If Hapunda takes up the appointment, he will be the youngest envoy overseeing a foreign mission. He is 28 years old.