The opposition UPND has shown some willingness to shuffle long serving leaders for others to take up responsibility with parliament being the first point of call.
Long serving whip Garry Nkombo has been replaced with Liuwa Member of Parliament Situmbeko Musokotwane while Kabompo lawmaker Ambrose Lifuma is the deputy whip.
The UPND has been under the microscope for having certain leaders in some positions without change for a long time but seems to be making steps to be responsive to the wishes of their members.
Below is the full statement:
UNITED PARTY FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (UPND)
APPOINTMENT OF NEW UPND LEADERS AT PARLIAMENT.
The United Party for National Development (UPND) wishes to inform the public that it has made leadership changes at the National Assembly of Zambia.
As part of its restructuring process, the UPND has appointed Liuwa Member of Parliament Hon Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane as the new party whip in Parliament.
Dr Musokotwane takes over from Mazabuka Member of Parliament Hon Gary Nkombo who has voluntarily retired as Party Whip.
Kabompo Member of Parliament Hon Ambrose Lufuma has been re-appointed as Deputy Party Whip while Nalikwanda Member of Parliament Professor Geoffrey Lungwangwa continues as UPND Parliamentary Liason Committee Chairman.
The Party wishes to thank and commend Hon Nkombo for serving as Whip with honour, diligence and efficiency.
The Party would also like to thank Dr Musokotwane for accepting to serve as Whip. We are confident that Dr Musokotwane will serve the party with honour and dignity.
UPND Secretary General.