Information and Broadcasting Services Minister who is also Chief Government Spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya and Lands and Environmental Protection Minister Harry Kalaba are operating illegally the Zambian Watchdog has observed.
The Zambian Watchdog’s observations comes so because the duo have started functioning as full Cabinet Ministers minus taking oath of authority of office. Mwansa Kapeya in the last one week has issued three press statements as Chief Government Spokesperson while Harry Kalaba yesterday represented ceremonial Vice President Guy Scott at a function as Minister of Lands.
For haters of the watchdog we say the two are operating illegally because precedence has been set that if one is promoted to another position even after taking oath in the previous position he or she has to take another oath.
For those who have forgotten, Secretary to the Treasury and President Sata’s brother in marriage Fredson Yamba took another oath at State House when he was promoted from Permanent Secretary Finance to Secretary to the Treasury.
This was after Parliament questioned about the legality of Yamba operating quietly as Secretary to the Treasury.
Sata had to swear in Yamba for the second time thus a precedence was set. In a normal country were Parliament is active unlike in Zambia were Parliament is moribund, the development could have been cited as a serious breach of law.
Knowing our Members of Parliament who are so in-effective apart from one or two, the observation by the Zambian Watchdog will go unchallenged. It is really Zambia the Real Africa.