At a press briefing, Thursday, Kambwili announced that he had officially accepted to lead the NDC and unveiled his shadow cabinet.
“My discourse today will be extremely short, that I gave accepted the endorsement from the national management committee that I become the president of this political party. It is now my honour and privilege to accept the presidency of the party with immediate effect. And in consultation with Central Committee, the following changes have been made: honorable Mwenya Musenge has been dropped from the position of Secretary General and I have appointed Mrs Bridget Atanga as the new Secretary General of the NDC. And I want to warn Mr Mwenya Musenge, he should not masquerade as the Secretary General of NDC and I want to tell all Media houses that legal action will be taken against all Media houses that are going to invite and refer to Mwenya Musenge as Secretary General of NDC. Our Secretary General is Mrs Bridget Atanga. Mr Mwenya Musenge has been moved to the position of member of central committee or indeed chairman of Chiefs and traditional affairs,” said Kambwili.
“I have also moved Professor Atanga from being chairman of Education to being chairman of mines. I have appointed honorable (Joseph) Chishala as new member of central committee and chairman of Labour. Mrs Saboi Imboela will double as spokesperson of the party and chairperson for gender. Mr Misheck Moyo will now be member of central committee for information and broadcasting. Mr Kaonga moves from tourism to agriculture. Mr Luhila takes over as chairman of tourism. Mr Menyani Zulu takes over as chairman of elections. Mr Ackson Smwiza has been dropped as member of central committee. He becomes an ordinary member of the party. If he so wish, he can stand for election as a ward chairman. The other portfolios of the central committee will be announced at the next press briefing.”