New Cabinet should be balanced


THE Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has urged President Edgar Lungu to come up with a well-balanced Cabinet with representation from all regions of the country to help foster unity and development.

In an interview yesterday, SACCORD executive director Boniface Cheembe said that it was the hope of the NGO that President Lungu would put in place a well-balanced Cabinet that would be representative of all regions in the country.

He said a Cabinet representative of all regions would help unite the country and quickly heal the political wounds and foster economic development to all corners of the country irrespective of perceived political inclinations or voting patterns in the last general elections.

Mr Cheembe said the country seemed to have been divided based on political differences in terms of those who had voted for the Patriotic Front (PF) and others who had voted for the UPND.

He stated that President Lungu had a huge task to bring citizens together, foster oneness and that his appointment of Cabinet would help the country heal from political wounds.

He said although there were still some court actions over the re-election of President Lungu, it was important that UPND and PF members respected each other and appealed to the ruling party not to mock, disparage or provoke their friends during today’s presidential inauguration.

“As SACCORD we call on President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to appoint a Cabinet that will help foster unity and development following the end of the general elections. It is clear that the country appears to be divided between green and red it seems that 50 percent of the people are happy while the other half are sad.

“The country needs to heal and one of the ways will be through the choice that President Lungu makes in his appointment of ministers. We hope to see a representation from all regions and the taking of development to all corners of the country irrespective of the voting patterns or political inclination,” Mr Cheembe said.

Mr Cheembe has expressed hope that today’s inauguration would be peaceful and that property and lives of all citizens would be protected.