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FORMER Mbabala UPND Member of Parliament Ephraim Belemu has backed calls for ministers and senior government officials tainted by scandals to resign on moral grounds to instill confidence in the new administration.

Mr Belemu said that it was only right for people to step aside and give way to those who were eager and had a clean track record. He said in an interview that he supported the idea and that President Hakainde Hichilema needed to be extremely careful when dealing with the matter.

Mr Belemu who is now a member of the PF said the counsel was timely and that the President needed to take heed. “I want to say I support the Youth in Action for Sustainable Development programmes coordinator Mr Zebedy Lukwesa that some people President Hichilema appointed into ministerial positions have bad track records,” he said.

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Mr Belemu said that the ministers in question needed to step down on principle. Mr Lukwesa said most of the people appointed into the new Cabinet were previously chucked out of government because of theft, corruption and other illicit activities. Mr Lukwesa wondered why the same individuals would be recycled into the new government at the expense of people with a credible background.

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