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Parliament opts for Kondwani Nankhumwa shadow cabinet

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Mark Botomani

Parliament has put its weight behind the opposition shadow cabinet which Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa announced in the House last week.

Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara indicated Monday said the august House had not received any official communication against the shadow cabinet.

This came against the background that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which is the main opposition party, issued a public statement indicating that it did not recognise the appointments.

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DPP administrative secretary Francis Mphepo said the party was not consulted and that those appointed into the shadow cabinet had no authority to speak on behalf of the party.

Chitipa South legislator Werani Chilenga, who is the Shadow Minister of Natural Resources, told the House that there was nothing wrong with the appointments, arguing that it is the trend in several countries.

He said those that opposed the shadow cabinet needed to be schooled on the same and his remarks attracted applause from the opposition bench in the august House.

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Shadow Minister of Information and Digitalisation Mark Botomani told journalists that there was nothing wrong with what Nankhumwa communicated to the House.

“I must emphasise that there is nothing irregular and nothing unprocedural about what the Leader of Opposition did in appointing the cabinet,” he said.

Botomani added that parliamentarians did not recognise the statement which Mphepo issued.

“As a matter of fact, we do not recognise that statement. Communication from the party comes through the secretary general; so, if it came from a person like him [Mphepo], we treat it as mere speculation,” he said.

During deliberations yesterday, members of Parliament contributed to the State of the Nation Address which President Lazarus Chakwera presented to Parliament on February 3 2022.

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