Veteran Politician Vernon Mwaanga has advised those politicizing Dr. Chitalu Chilufya’s appointment to the Budget Committee to desist from doing so because there is nothing wrong with his appointment.
“I have followed with keen interest the reactions of many people towards the appointment of Dr. Chitalu Chilufya to serve on the Parliamentary Budget Committee. Many have questioned the appointment and projected this on the head of state adding that they do not understand why the President would hire him after firing him as health minister following the honey bee scandal. To quickly correct this, it is not the President who appoints MP’s to parliamentary committees.” said Mr. Mwaanga.
“It is basic knowledge that under a parliamentary democracy, Parliament oversees Government administration and subjects its activities to detailed scrutiny on behalf of the electorate. To carry out this important function, Parliament has established parliamentary committees that conduct surveillance on defined areas of Government administration. This means that Parliament is made up of several committees including, housekeeping committees, portfolio committees and general-purpose committees under which the budget committee falls. Typically, ministers do not belong to these committees due to their ministerial duties.” he added.
“The appointment of Hon Rapheal Nakacinda as Water Development and Sanitation Minister therefore meant that there was a gap in the budget committee. Since Dr. Chilufya is still a member of parliament there is nothing peculiar and odd about his appointment to replace Rapheal Nakacinda. The appointment is simply a parliamentary procedure, every back bencher belongs to a committee. I was member of Parliament and am talking from experience. There is nothing wrong with his appointment. His appointment is a legal process and please let us not Politicize it.” He said in conclusion.
On Tuesday, First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Namugala announced that Dr. Chitalu Chilufya had been appointed to the Parliamentary Budget Committee according to Standing Orders No. 135 part 3 as read with Standing Orders No. 48 of the standing orders the National Assembly of Zambia orders of 2016.