The Zambian government is headed by an elected president who serves for a five year-term. Zambia became independent on 24th October 1964.
The Current Zambian Government
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu
Currently the incumbent president is Edgar C. Lungu. (Check for the Zambian Political Landscape Here).
Edgar C. Lungu assumed office for the second and last term as the sixth President of Zambia on 13th September 2016. The president and his Vice, Inonge Wina were sworn in at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on the same date.
The capital city of Zambia is Lusaka.
The country is divided into 10 (ten provinces): Lusaka, Copperbelt, North-Western, Eastern, Southern, Luapula, Northern, Central, Western and Muchinga. These are administered by appointed deputy ministers. Further more, the provinces are also subdivided into 72 districts.
The structure of the Zambian government consists of three organs, i.e. the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary operating autonomously...
One arm of the executive branch in the Zambian government is the cabinet which is appointed by the president from among the National Assembly.
Here is a list of cabinet ministers as well as their deputy ministers:
Office of the Vice President
- Cabinet Minister – Inonge Wina
Presidential Affairs At State House
- Cabinet Minister – Freedom Sikazwe
Office of The Vice President
- Cabinet Minister – Sylvia Chalikosa
Ministry of Justice
- Cabinet Minister – Given Lubinda
Ministry of Defence
- Cabinet Minister – Davies Chama
Ministry of Finance
- Cabinet Minister – Felix Mutati
Ministry of Home Affairs
- Cabinet Minister – Stephen Kampyongo
Ministry of Health
- Cabinet Minister – Dr. Chitalu Chilufya
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Cabinet Minister – Harry Kalaba
Ministry of Agriculture
- Cabinet Minister – Dora Siliya
Ministry of Livestock And Fisheries
- Cabinet Minister – Michael Katambo
Ministry of Youth, Sports and Child Development
- Cabinet Minister – Moses Mawere
Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry
- Cabinet Minister – Margaret Mwanakatwe
Ministry of Energy and Water Development
- Cabinet Minister – David Mabumba
Ministry of Mines and Mineral Development
- Cabinet Minister – Christopher Bwalya Yaluma
Ministry of Information And Broadcasting
- Cabinet Minister – Kampamba Mulenga
Ministry of General Education
- Cabinet Minister - Dr. Dennis Musuku Wachinga
Ministry of Higher Education
- Cabinet Minister – Nkandu Luo
Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection
- Cabinet Minister – Lloyd Kaziya
Ministry of Lands, Environment and Natural Resources
- Cabinet Minister – Jean Kapata
Ministry of Housing And Infrastructure Development
- Cabinet Minister – Ronald Chitotela
Ministry of Local Government and Housing
- Cabinet Minister – Vincent Mwale
Ministry of Community Development And Social Welfare
- Cabinet Minister – Emerine Kabanshi
Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs
- Cabinet Minister – Lawrence John Sichalwe
Ministry of Transport And Communication
- Cabinet Minister – Brian Mushimba
Ministry of Works And Supply
- Cabinet Minister – Matthew Nkhuwa
Ministry of Tourism and Arts
- Cabinet Minister – Charles Romel Banda
Ministry of Labour and Social Security
- Cabinet Minister – Joyce Nonde Simukoko
Ministry of Gender and Child Development
- Cabinet Minister – Victoria Kalima
Ministry of National Development Planning
- Cabinet Minister – Lucky Mulusa
Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs
- Cabinet Minister – Reverend Godfridar Sumaile
- Central – Sydney Mushanga
- Southern – Edify Hamukale
- Copperbelt – Bowman Lusambo
- Luapula – Nixon Chilangwa
- Eastern – Makebi Zulu
- Lusaka – Japhen Mwakalombe
- Northern – Brian Mundubile
- North-Western – Richard Kapita
- Western – Nathaniel Munukwanu
- Muchinga – Malozo Sichone
The final court of appeal is the Supreme Court. Justices are appointed by the president.
The subordinate courts are the high court, magistrate's court and local courts.
The legal system is based on English common law and customary law.
The Zambian government has a unicameral National Assembly, comprising of 158 seats. 8 members are appointed by the president
and 150 are elected by popular vote. They serve for 5 years.
The ruling political party at the moment is the Patriotic Front (PF).
Other opposition political parties worth reckoning are: Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), headed by Nevers Mumba, Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD), headed by Edith Nawakwi,
United Party for National Development (UPND) headed by Hakainde Hichilema, and United National Independence party ( UNIP), headed by Tilyenji Kaunda.
Indeed, Zambia being a multi-party democracy, there several other small parties which have jumped onto the band wagon!
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