Ministers must consider cost-cutting – Analyst

Political and governance analyst Happy Kayuni has faulted cabinet ministers and deputies who are accompanying each other to execute related duties.

Ever since President Lazarus Chakwera appointed his 32-member cabinet, the nation has seen ministers and their deputies undertaking a single event capable of being done by one minister.

Kayuni, political science Professor at the Chancellor College, said the development is unfortunate and uncalled for.

He also thinks that this is costly and it undermines the very promises of the Tonse Administration of minimizing government expenditure.

“It doesn’t make sense and I don’t think it is necessary, because there is issue of division of labour, I think what is critical is for each minister and deputy minister to sit down and allocate roles to each other,” he said.

Kayuni says the Ministers are doing this for the sake of political visibility, which according to him is unnecessary and waste of resources.

“The main reason why they are doing this is because of what we call politics of visibility whereby they want to ensure that the media, the public should feel as if they are doing the work which is unnecessary,” he said.

Meanwhile, government is yet to comment on the matter as several attempts to hear from government spokesperson yield nothing.

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