QUESTION OF THE DAY
The answer is simple. The Constitution has created provision to avoid such scenario. Section 227(1) of the Constitution states:
“In this Constitution, unless a contrary intention appears-
(a) any reference to a power of appointment to an office shall be construed as including a reference to the power to appoint a person to act in or perform the functions of thatoffice;
(b) any reference to the holder of an office by a term designating his or her office shall be construed as including a reference to any person for the time being lawfully acting inor performing the functions of that office.”
Hence the position of Vice President or Minister should never be vacant because of the absence of the substantive holder. Others in Cabinet could simply be appointed to act in their position until they resume their functions.