Green Party leader, Peter Sinkamba, has cautioned President Hakainde Hichilema against sidelining certain regions in his appointment of officers to various positions.
The President on Tuesday February, 6, 2024 made changes to the office bearers at the Police Service Commission, Civil Service Commission and announced the appointment of Beatric Mpanga as Drug Enforcement Commission Deputy Director-General.
The President also appointed Akalamwa Sambwa as member of the Local Government Service Commission, Ronald Hachibulo as member of the Teaching Service Commission and Mwamba Peni as Permanent Secretary Special Duties at Cabinet.
Reacting to the appointments in Lusaka on Wednesday, Sinkamba told Zambia Monitor that sidelining certain regions in his appointments had deverstating consequences through the use of the ballot box by the electorate.
“Most of the stakeholders and ordinary citizens will not talk about the appointments but usually speak through the ballot paper and usually when decisions are made through the ballot, the results are quite deverstating,” he noted.
Sinkamba stated that the Constitution bestowed power on the President to make appointments as he deems fit, but that, however, these should be based on the values and principles enshrined in the Constitution.
“We need to remind the President in making appointments is that he has to be always conscious that the Constitution has values and principles which must be complied on all the time,” he advised.
The Green Party leader emphasized that these values required that the appointments made by the sitting Head of State were well represented to avoid complaints from certain regions of being sidelined in appointments and development.
Sinkamba stated that Hichilema had two years more in office to make amends in areas where he felt he had not done well through the several appointments he had made since assuming office in 2021.
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