The opposition United Party For National
Development (UPND) has claimed that veteran politician Daniel Munkombwe is a spent force who has no new ideas to bring to southern province.
The party notes that there is need for the government to pick a person
that would deliver to the people of southern province and not those who it claims
have outlived their usefulness.
Speaking to ZANIS in Livingstone today, Livingstone district UPND
spokesperson Neto Halwabala said the appointment is a confirmation
that the PF government is tribal.
He described Mr Munkombwe, 81, as belonging to politics of the archives.
Mr Halwabala said it was unfortunate that the PF government wants to put up an
impression that it was an all inclusive government .
Mr Munkombwe bounced back into cabinet this week after being appointed as southern province minister by President Michael Sata.
And opposition United National Independence Party (UNIP)
chairperson Captain (RTD) Robert Mukengeme said that the appointment
was not surprising as Mr Munkombwe worked for the position in the last
Livingstone by election.
He also agreed with the UPND’s assertions that Mr Munokmbwe has no new ideas and wondered what kind of development the new minister would bring to
Meanwhile , Patriotic Front (PF) Southern Provincial Political
secretary Brian Hapunda has lashed out at the United Party for
National Development (UPND)spokesperson Neto Halwabala for describing
the newly appointed southern province minister Daniel Munkombwe as a spent
Mr Hapunda said UPND is worried that the PF had appointed a seasoned
politician who he said does not need to be introduced to the political
landscape of southern province.
He said that Mr Munkombwe had delivered in the MMD government and that PF in the province will support his appointment.