Sayifwanda’s Refusal To Be Sworn In As Deputy Minister But As Cabinet Minister Prompts SATA To Drop Her Completely

Zambezi East MMD Member of Parliament Sara Sayifwanda has refused to be sworn-in as deputy minister of gender forcing president Sata to say the ministry will be run by a permanent secretary.
President Michael Sata on Wednesday created another ministry he calls Gender and Child Development but seemed to have realised that his cabinet is swelling.
Sata made the splitting of the Ministry of Labour, Sports, Youth and Gender at state House when he swore-in the new ZAF commanders. He announced that the splitting was with immediate effect and told the nation that the Minister is Sara Sayifwanda, Zambezi East MMD Member of Parliament.
Less than two weeks ago, Sata merged the two ministries which he split on Wednesday.
This brings the number of ministries to 20 from the 19 he pronounce at first.
But when Sayifwanda went for the swearing-in ceremony, she discovered that she will be a deputy minister in a ministry that has no minister. She declined to be sworn in.
This made president Sata throw tantrums and talk about his regime’s commitment to run a small a cabinet.
He announced that he had revoked Saifwanda’s appointment with immediate effect.
Sata said the ministry will now be run by a permanent secretary.
“We were supposed to swear in a deputy Minister Sara Sayifwanda but my sister wanted to twist our arm and wanted to be cabinet minister. We promised a smaller cabinet and we are not going to increase ministries,” the President said.
The purpose of having a smaller cabinet is to save public resources by paying fewer ministers.
But deputy ministers whom president Sata is happy to swear-in enjoy almost the same financial benefits with cabinet ministers. The only thing they are not allowed is to sit in cabinet.
This will the first time in history, a ministry will be headed by a permanent secretary.

56 Responses to "Sayifwanda’s Refusal To Be Sworn In As Deputy Minister But As Cabinet Minister Prompts SATA To Drop Her Completely"

  1. The Jackal   October 14, 2011 at 7:54 am

    It is not a strange thing that a ministry is run by a permanent secretary. The Permanent secretaries are usually very qualified civil servant running all the ministries. Ministers are just political heads or figures who cannot run a ministry without the permanent secretaries. This why you see that even when parliament is dissolved the permanent secretaries continue running the ministries, and they just work well. Politician cannot run a ministry without the PS. Therefore, the PS is going to run that ministry without political interference anyway!

  2. eddy   October 14, 2011 at 7:56 am

    pure agony!

  3. uncircumcised william   October 14, 2011 at 8:03 am


  4. Challenger 605   October 14, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Corruption is at alarming levels in this country ! Go Mr President Go ! We behind u ! As 4 sarah lwakwe tale fya ya aka poto !

  5. Jamule   October 14, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Cilekeni Naimwe what does MMD MP has to offer, infact we have many PF MPs who are not given any post, what qualifications does the so called Saifwanda has? Mwebantu.

    • jombe   October 30, 2011 at 11:19 am

      She is better than you and most of PF Mps! Thats why the President went for her leaving all those PF MPs including ‘iwe wine’!

  6. uncircumcised william   October 14, 2011 at 8:06 am


  7. kaiza   October 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

    am PF but this is utter nonsense, hurried decisions will not be good for the country at all.

  8. CHONYA   October 14, 2011 at 8:23 am

    What a shame on Sara. Women organizations what do you say to this selfish fool?

  9. chazya   October 14, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I bet that Ministry is reserved for Masebo Silvya! just wait & see.

  10. mature   October 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

    you may have a point there.
    infact that should masebo.s post. she is hard working.

  11. Francis Mwanamfumu   October 14, 2011 at 8:46 am

    How can you tell your boss what you want infact nikuluse lwa kabwa, she is supposed to be greatful to be appointed as a deputy minister. Thats total nosense to decide for your boss.

  12. Hidden Object   October 14, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Ba Mama Saifwanda, shimbu inahete neno kavhimenu kwimbo. Time has come for you to go and rest. You’ve eaten its enough. Sorry for you because you thought our New President is like RB who you enjoyed with. God will punish you guys for stealing the wealth of Zambia. Nevertheless, they say ‘Like father like sone’. Your father is now finished so the better you follow suit.

  13. kamwendo   October 14, 2011 at 9:00 am

    “Men@Work” trying to get “Women to Work” – PURE AGONY!!!!!!!

  14. Zential   October 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Sara , alitwa idalama ! masebo is there , coz she is hard workng

  15. Kalembe Kafyuke   October 14, 2011 at 9:23 am

    This isn’t good news to me!

  16. Mwine Mushi   October 14, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Silvia Masebo is coming, a true patriot who means to work… not the nemompoups who only thinks of allowances for nothing. No wonder you yo Gvnmnt failed lamentebly! Chao, no more stealing using thoz fake receipts…

  17. snr citizen   October 14, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Hope Silvia will get that post we need gender balancing.

  18. kabebya   October 14, 2011 at 9:42 am

    firstly,you are an opposition MP,secondly you are just arrogant.i would have taken it if i were you,Sata cannot plead for you madam.i hope you are rich because sooner or later you will miss the privileges of being a minister.full minister deputy minister,you still would have been a minister.well your pride has brought you bondwe.

  19. Anko Sam - SC   October 14, 2011 at 9:55 am

    This lady is arrogant. Or is it that she principled. She will remember this position one day, it is not easy to be in opposition. Let her get advise from Dora Siliti Solola Siliya – she is mute now.

  20. Celeb life   October 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Silvia is coming,Period! Chapwa! She is the minister apo! Chi Sara selela uko!

  21. Muzezwa   October 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Lifuci luna holoka mwana pweo!!!!

  22. Muzezwa   October 14, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Thats proper MAZHILO(Rubish in Luvale)

    • Ubuntungwa Mu Jambo Jambo   October 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

      Twa taizya (thank u) ba Muzewa – we need to taech one another other language thru sharing sayings and interpreting. Litumezi ahulu!

  23. Eastern Treasure   October 14, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Pride comes before a fall!!!
    Sarah Sarah…one would think she’s very learned, kanshi…! N way, let her go back to her folly and continue wallowing in history where she actually belongs.

    • Ubuntungwa Mu Jambo Jambo   October 14, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Umwanakashi nga kukana, lishuko. (if a woman turns u down, it is sign of good luck, as u never know what misery she could have brot into yo life – literally that is.) She may have ended filling the ministry with uneducated relatives for all we know.

  24. TUCHILI TULE BEBA   October 14, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Ala! no need to papata for such people….I like my Prezo because he does’nt give a dumb … Sata is not like RB madam Sara….no one will beg for you. Enjoy your long holiday at home.

  25. Dododo!   October 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    saifwanda i commend yu for yo being straight and yo courage to turn down an appointment like this one, yu did very well, why take up a position yu know yu can’t diligently run? NONSENCE!!!!!!!! YU ARE NOT EVEN FIT TO ENTER PARLIAMENT IN THIS ERRA OF CHANGE, YU HAV CLEARLY SHOWN WHAT YU ARE, A SELFISH OLD BIRD WITH NO INTERREST TO SERVE THE PIPO. KEEP LIVING IN THAT PAST AND I HOPE YO PIPO REJECT YU SOMEHOW COZ YU DON’T MEAN WELL JUST FROM YO STUPID PRIDE…. that better be a warning to all the selfish!!

    • jombe   October 30, 2011 at 11:23 am


  26. Mwine Mushi   October 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Uyu wine ati Sara, ninani(who is she)???

    • jombe   October 30, 2011 at 11:06 am

      You are an idiot for not knowing Sara!!!!

  27. Mwine Mushi   October 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    By the way, chazya, donchi kuworry; infact ku Chongwe weneed no by-election because that seat and position are for Sister Silvia Masebo the VIP. Mr. Preza cud’ve just declared her to avoid wasting money!

  28. Patrick Chiwele   October 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Let her be…it doesn’t matter anyway. Let the ministry be headed by a Permanent secretary like that bakateka wesu.

  29. zanga   October 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    am sure inonshita ba mayo aba balelila nachalinkolele…she actually thought mr.presdo wud succumb to her wishes but she been caught offside,lolest!!!! she damn sure wishes she had just taken the offer but Sata was smart enuf to just revoke her appointment,shame chi mayo iwe!!!

  30. Mampolyo   October 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    This woman is just big headed. Why didnt she seek clarification of her appointment when he called her – before heading to state house to embarass herself. She should be reminded that Sata is not like RB who was busy waiting to give jobs to useless pipo like Dora even when Dora has been stuffing up

  31. king mauricia   October 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    let her b the post is reserved 4 madam masebo.

  32. Nubian Princess   October 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Saifwanda is typical MMD. She cares about her position and what she can get out of it, not for the country. Kick her out!

  33. Dien   October 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm



    • jombe   October 30, 2011 at 11:09 am

      You are right, it was the president who misfired not Sara!

  34. themba   October 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Sara has refused to be deputy minister,leave her alone Why are you interested in her personal life.Our president seem not to have advisers,can some one tell him,hes not running pf as a party but Zambia as a country.

  35. dr eddie   October 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    so be it ba sayifwanda,we dont need ya!!!!!!!!

  36. koko   October 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Why give useless Ministries to other tribes?????
    PF u are fools

    • jombe   October 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

      Big fools indeed! why not appoint a bemba as D/Minister of Gender. I can propose some MP called Gerry Chanda

  37. japhet   October 15, 2011 at 12:11 am

    maama kaci mwetezia ou,kulonda mukwashiku achu mwichu~nga.nzambi wenka~nga wemajala. muto~nge jikiu.mother you would have accepted the ministirial post to save the nation.think about it!!!

  38. Baambile banyumfwe!   October 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Sara knows why she has refused to be sowrn in as Deputy Minister. We might talk and talk we dont know. All the opposition ministers appointed they strike a deal before accepting .So why bother about her. PSs should have sat down together to look at Ministries to be split and rest.

  39. BC   October 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Kindly accept Sara’s refusal with respect. She has her own reasons. Too bad and embarrassing to the appointing authority. More seats in parley needed? Why cant he appoint from his own cadres? period

  40. Voice of Reason   October 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Can not blame Saifwanda to react the way she did because in the first instance The President had announced the creation of a Ministry and that she was appointed as its Minister. Between the announcement at a swearing ceremony of the ZAF commander and the actual swearing in of Saifwanda, there was sufficient time to let her know that actually her position was going to be Deputy Minister rather than waiting until a few minutes before her swearing in. She is human and her reaction is spot on.

  41. BM   October 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    To hell with that gail

    • jombe   October 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

      To hell with you too! Are there no enough MPs in PF to go and hunt for other opposition MPs?????????/

  42. Voice of Reason   October 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    The Jackal, please don’t mislead people by your assertion that a Ministry is fine to be run by a Permanent Secretary without a Minister or Deputy Minister on top. Indeed the Chief Executive of any Ministry is the Permanent Secretary, however, the Political Head is always Minister and in certain instances Deputy Minister as they drive the Party Manifesto to be implemented. A Permanent Secretary is by definition a Civil Servant, who must be non partisan so how would he/she run a Ministry without risking to be partisan. Moreover, all Permanent Secretaries reports to the Secretary to Cabinet, so how would this super PS (Quasi Minister) report to Secretary to Cabinet – technically out ranked by the function that this PS performs? Not that simple if you examine it further

  43. Voice of Reason   October 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Is it possible to have a Ministry run by a Deputy Minister? The honest answer is “No”. The only circumstance that you would have a Deputy Minister being in charge would be in a situation where that entity is established as a Commission or the function of the Ministry entrusted to another Cabinet Minister for administrative purposes but the day to day is done by the Deputy Minister. Examples of these are NCDP (National Commission for Development Planning) during the Kaunda and Chiluba days – NCDP was under the Office of the President but the Deputy Minister was running day to day and had a dotted reporting line to the Minister of Finance. This set up is important because a Deputy Minister is not a member of Cabinet and therefore, a full Minister has to represent the interest of the institution without one.
    The other example is when a Minister is out of a country another Minister from another Ministry will act on behalf of that absent Minister.

    • jombe   October 30, 2011 at 11:16 am

      This is brilliant analysis, not just condemning Hon.Sara for refusing appointment. You are great!

  44. Wren   October 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Sata first consult please! Don’t rush in decision making!

  45. LM   October 16, 2011 at 11:39 am

    She is a very principled individual. I salute YOU Sara. When any goes wrong in the ministry you will be labeled all the PF bad names …. let them run the govnment as they where given the mandete by the simple majority which they surely hve. Its their time. let them also dance to the Zambian tune… today they are the darlings of there cadres. I will come a time they too will be useless to the people… no matter how long it will take… even if it takes them 40yrs in power they will too will start stinking. Water is good, we all know that, but when it stays too long in the pot is stinks. MMD know that PF is praying doom for you, you need to be strong and get organised,the part recorded some positives that can be rembered by those with GOOOD memories. KOODOs Sara stay principled

  46. Tembo Saviour   October 17, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Sara you have refused to serve Zambia,so we shall look arround for a woman interested in service and we shall go ahead.Mr. President don’t look back your aim must be reaching the highest levels for all Zambians by giving a better service.We are there to support you all the way.

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