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BoZ Rejects Proposal to Bring Back Deputy Ministers

The Bank of Zambia has said the proposal to reintroduce deputy ministers would lead to government incurring huge costs.

In a submission on the Constitution Amendment Bill Number 10 of 2019 to the parliamentary Select Committee, the BoZ said bringing back deputy minister will be at a huge cost to the running of government and a drain on revenues.

Section 38 of the controversial Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Bill No. 10 of 2019, there is a proposal to amend the law by the insertion of a new Article 117A, which gives power to the Republican President to appoint Deputy Ministers, a position that was abolished by president Michael Sata.

“It is also not clear how the current arrangement has prevented government’s ability to function effectively and efficiently. We firmly believe that efforts towards efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery must target the technocrats, who are the implementers of government policy,” the BoZ submitted.

And the Bank of Zambia has stated the stark lessons learned from various constitutional processes that have taken place all over the world were that the process of adopting the Constitution is as important as its substance.

“…and the process must be legitimate for it to be acceptable to all stakeholders. In order for the process to be legitimate, it must be inclusive. No party, whatsoever, should control it. A constitution should be the product of the integration of ideas from ALL stakeholders in the country, including political parties, both within and outside Parliament, civil society, and individuals in society. We firmly believe the Constitution should be a long-term document for successive governments. It should, therefore, create strong institutions,” it stated.

And on Section 69 of the Bill that proposes to amend Article 193 (1) of the Constitution Act by providing for the establishment of the Anti-Drugs, Economic and Financial Crimes Agency, the central bank said current law was adequate to deal with such criminal acts.

“We note that the specific roles of the Anti-Drugs, Economic and Financial Crimes Agency have not been stated as is the case for all others created by the same Article, such as, the Zambia Police Service (Article 193 (2), Zambia Security Intelligence Service (Article 193 (3), and the Zambia Correctional Service (Article 193(4)). It is our considered view that in the absence of clearly stated mandate of this Agency, there is likely to be operational interference with the existing Drug Enforcement Commission and the Financial Intelligence Centre, which have been recognized internationally as doing good work for the country,” stated BoZ.

13 Comments

  1. Winnipeg Nyirongo

    BOZ you are right!!!!! The bringing back of deputy Ministers is a drain on the National Treasury, on revenues and a high cost on the staggering economy that we have in Zambia. The late President Michael Chilufya Sata was against that Bill No 10 so even our beloved current President Edgar Chagwa Lungu should also reject this bill in order to save money in Zambia for other developmental projects. If the PF Government will allow this Bill No 10 to pass through in Parliament and become law, then the PF Government will be regarded as a careless, useless and squandering Government which does not care for the lives of the Poor Zambians out there!!!!!!Thanks

    • Kambwilii

      This is democracy at its best. Let the debate continue! Its now time for HH and his church mother bodies to go and make their submissions otherwise he will be shocked again to find 14 days is still in the constitution,

  2. Kbf

    Pf has realised that it is losing the hearts of many zambians at lightening speed. So the only way out is to try and fidget with the constitution

  3. Chilankalipa

    If there are areas where Africans leaders have remained stagnant, it is in these: governance, economic emancipation and constitutionalism. Apparently, there is no amount of engagement, talk, lobbying or initiative seem to be overcoming these three monsters.

  4. isaac

    Kudos BOZ! That is the way go .

  5. katwishi

    imbwafye is the person that came up with this idea after it was abolished.. mwaba Shani bakolwe kanshi

  6. Kicks

    Idiots went that far to safeguard their positions, and they say zambia is a christian nation because they are able to do all sorts of crimes and manage to shield themselves, hypocrites. BOZ i salute you for the move taken, to speak for the voiceless. These political fools don’t even deserve a chance to touch any part of our constitution, because they are just after cementing support by coming up with that idiocy of deputy ministers who are just useless. The wise man did abolish that position because it was just as useless as a tissue after using it. bye.

  7. Roberto

    The points raised by BOZ are cardinal. These could have been raised by political parties themselves. Alas, they shun away. ICO mwilaba, whatever new constitution the country will come up with, it will govern all of us despite your political affiliations. Hence the need to put our differences behind and die a little for our beloved mother Zambia. There is only one Zambia on PLANET Earth. Calling upon all peace loving stakeholders to take up the challenge. Be blessed patriotic Zambians!

  8. Roberto

    The points raised by BOZ are cardinal. These could have been raised by political parties themselves. Alas, they shun away. ICO mwilaba, whatever new constitution the country will come up with, it will govern all of us despite your political affiliations. Hence the need to put our differences behind and die a little for our beloved mother Zambia. There is only one Zambia on PLANET Earth. Calling upon all peace loving stakeholders to take up the challenge. Be blessed patriotic Zambians! Amendment is same as rebuilding and costs a lot of tax payer’s money. Who would want to lose hard earned resources? No one. Generation to come will not spare this at all!

  9. Henry Chola

    Bafikala I don’t know what they are thinking

  10. Leonard Siame

    Why did they put these foolish ideas in the first place?am sure that money used at ndf could have been spent better if you bought meali meal and give to my fellow struggling rural commuties of mother Zambian.surely more than two billion old currency spent and you have people eating once a day or after two days and the food is not even balanced in terms of nutrition.others are eating dangerous wild foods which are deadly if not cooked well.God help mother Zambian.may you enter there hearts

  11. Thomas

    I am in support of BOZ . This is the way to go if certain positions are not necessarily to development of our country lets do away with them .

  12. Johnson Phiri

    Yes Bring Them Only When The Govt Pays Off All The Credit It Owes To The Latent Fainancers To All The Projects We Are Seeing Around And Has Enough Money To Settle All Pending Cnurt Cases Against Them…It Will Be At A Cost.

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