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‘UPND LEGAL TEAM INCOMPETENT’

By ADRIAN MWANZA

THE UPND legal team should improve in advising President Hakainde Hichilema to avoid blunders, PF Pambashe Member of Parliament Ronald Chitotela has said.

Mr Chitotela in an interview said the UPND legal team was not doing its due diligence in advising the Head of state.

He said the creation of new ministries needed to be done properly.

He said it was legally wrong to swear in ministers to newly-created ministries without ratification by Parliament.

“I just want to urge our colleagues most especially Mr Jack Mwiimbu who has been in parliament for over 20 years to give the Head of State counsel on certain things,” Mr Chitotela said.

Mr Chitotela said there was no Ministry of Green Economy and also the ministry of Technology and Science until after Parliament had ratified the individuals.

He said the new ministries were the President’s prerogative and that the opposition had no qualms about it and that they would support the new ministers.

“We sincerely pray that the Head of State succeeds because this would not just be a plus for him but the country as a whole therefore the need to give him the necessary support and correcting him when he is wrong, Mr Chitotela said.

Meanwhile, ZDDM president Edwin Sakala said Mr Hichilema during his campaign promised the country that he would put in place a lean government but that this was not the case at all.

Mr Sakala said that there was need to have a smaller effective cabinet.

“We are very disappointed that the Head of State did not stick to his campaign promise of maintaining a lean cabinet since the current cabinet was bloated,” he said.

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