Zambia’s cabinet takes shape as President Lungu appoints 8 more ministers

LUSAKA – Zambia’s head of state, President Edgar Lungu President has named Eight (8) more Cabinet Ministers bringing the total number of those so far appointed to full Cabinet Ministers to 16. In a statement issued by Amos Chanda, the presidency spokesperson, President Lungu who returned over the weekend from the USA after attending the UN general assembly, stated that pursuant to Article 116 (1) and (2) of the Constitution of Zambia.

Those appointed include: Hon. Dora Siliya (46), the legislator and member of parliament (MP) for Petauke Central as Agriculture Minister. Siliya holds a BA Mass Communication and and MPHIL in Development Economics. The new Local government and one of the youngest Ministers is Hon. Vincent Mwale (38), the MP for Chipangali constituency. Mwale has an advanced Certificate in Project Management & Planning. Like Siliya, Mwale has also bounced back as full cabinet minister.

The new face in cabinet is Hon. Lawrence Sichalwe, who has been appointed as Chiefs and traditional affairs minister and the MP for Chawama constituency, the seat that President Lungu held before ascending to head the ruling Patriotic Front. Sichalwe has got a promotion after his brief stint as deputy minister. He is seen as a more loyal and safe pair of hands for the incumbent PF and its leadership. Also bouncing back is Hon. Jean Kapata (56), the MP for Mandevu constituency as Minister of Lands. Kapata holds a Certificate in Theatre, Emergency Nursing & Diploma in Nursing but has cut her political teeth over the years.

The others appointed are Hon. Victoria Kalima (44), the MP for Kasenegwa as Minister of Gender. Kalima holds an Advanced Certificate in Management Studies and a Diploma in Agriculture Business Management. She had bounced back together with Hon. Professor Nkandu Luo (65), the MP for Munali constituency as Higher Education Minister. Prof Luo holds an Msc Immunology, an Msc Microbiology and a PhD in Immunology.

The last two appointment who are also the two new faces in cabinet are Hon. Moses Mawere (36), perhaps the youngest cabinet to minister and the MP for Chipata Central has been appointed Minister of Youth and Sport. Mawere holds BA Development Studies and a Diploma in Forestry. Hon. Dr. Dennis Musuku Wachinga (69), the MP for Mambilima constituency as General Education Minister. Dr. Wanchinga holds a BSc, MSc & Phd in Entomology.

Chanda also stated that the President will announce structural changes to some Ministries in a bid to rationalise their operations for efficient output. The President has immediately tasked th newly appointed Agriculture Minister Hon. Dora Siliya to ensure that national food security is a top priority, and to ensure that the maize export ban currently in force is strictly enforced.