Sata leading a tribal cabinet as 70% in his govt are Bembas- says Changala

Sata leading a tribal cabinet as 70% in his govt are Bembas- says Changala

More than 70 per cent of ministers and deputies are from Bemba speaking regions making the Zambian government imbalanced, civil rights activist Brebner Changala has said.

He said that other tribes had been relegated only to voting and sending one tribe into power.

“North Western Province for example has been amputated from representation, and Western Province which has serious social and economic problems was weakly represented by one lone ranger in the name of Inonge Wina.

And please take a second look at the Cabinet which is in the public domain. You realise that the President overloaded it with one ethnic grouping and this is a source of serious concern by all well-meaning Zambians,” Changala said.

Changala said whether he had six Cabinet ministers that were non-Bemba, the President was expected to balance his appointments in order not to marginalise other regions.

He cautioned that President Sata should desist from promoting tribalism and nepotism because that was a recipe for tribal conflict

He reminded the President that the whole country needed development and that it was unfair for him to appoint people that were only from one region.

Changala said it would be difficult for Zambians to comprehend that the PF government meant well for the people of this country.
The civil rights activist wondered why the Bemba speaking people took up more than 70 per cent of the national cake in terms of governance relegating all other tribes to non functional stakeholders.

“President Sata cannot convince Zambians in areas that he has overlooked and that his government would take development there when they don’t have representation.

These tribes have no Cabinet participation in the governance system of this country and they would always be considered as the minority. It is not true that we have a balanced Cabinet in Zambia as the President claims,” he said.

Changala reminded President Sata that this country has a motto that says ‘One Zambia-One Nation’ and that perhaps he should seek interpretation of this from Dr Kenneth Kaunda.

Daily Nation

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