OPPOSITION Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) vice-president Chifumu Banda has said there is nothing wrong with the current composition of Cabinet because it takes care of professionalism and fair represenmtation of all regions.
Mr Banda, who is also chairperson of the National Constitutional Conference (NCC), however, said consideration for appointment to Government positions should be shaped by qualification and not tribal preference.
He said, in an event where all tribes had qualified personnel to run Cabinet, consideration should be extended to the highly qualified class and also disregarding tribes in preference for nationality.
“If a person is Zambian that is good enough as long as one is qualified for the task. As soon as someone starts thinking about tribes that can be a source of division and should be discouraged,” Mr Banda said.
And UNIP revival forum chairperson Alfred Banda said the seven major languages that had been accepted in Zambia should be used as regions and this means that the present Government meets the requirement of tribal balancing.
The comments were a reaction to a statement by Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni-speaking people of Eastern province who said there was no Ngoni tribe representation in the Cabinet of President Rupiah Banda.
President Banda’s Cabinet is formed from all the nine regions of Zambia and includes George Kunda, Brian Chituwo and Ronnie Shikapwasha from Central Province while Northern Province has Catherine Namugala, Felix Mutati and Kapembwa Simbao.
Lusaka Province has Kenneth Chipungu while Geoffrey Lungwangwa, Michael Kaingu, Situmbeko Musokotwane and Austin Liato are from Western Province.
Southern Province has Vernon Mwaanga and Bradford Machila.
North Western province has Sara Sayifwanda, Kenneth Konga, Ronald Mukuma and Kabinga Pande while Copperbelt Province has Gladys Lundwe and Mike Mulongoti while Kalombo Mwansa is from Luapula Province.
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