President Levy Mwanawasa has warned the newly appointed Solicitor General, Dominic Sichinga not to assume, at any time, a partisan stance in discharging his duties but to solely work as a civil servant.
Dr. Mwanawasa said as a civil servant, Mr. Sichinga would be expected to avoid discharging issues bent on partisan lines during his operations.
He was speaking at State House today when he swore in Mr. Sichinga, whom he also conferred with a status of State Counsel.
Others that have been sworn in today are Cecil Holmes, who has been appointed as Minister in Charge of Presidential Affairs and Andrew Mulenga, who is ambassador designate to France.
The President advised Mr. Sichinga to develop a culture of humbling himself and working very hard.
He told Mr. Sichinga to take all matters of national interest seriously especially in court.
“I want you to develop a culture which I had when I served as solicitor general myself, do not think you are too senior to learn court procedures. Do not stop going to court,” he said.
He added that, “You are a role model to all junior advocates in the ministry of Justice”.
Mr. Sichinga was Chief Public State Advocate before he was appointed to the current position, which he is taking over from Sunday Nkonde.
On Mr. Mulenga, the President said he was glad to have recalled him to government.
Dr. Mwanawasa said Mr. Mulenga was one of the best cabinet ministers in the 2001 to 2006 cabinet.
He expressed disappointment that Mr. Mulenga was rejected by the people of Luwingu by not voting for him in the 2006 general elections.
He urged Mr. Mulenga to work hard and continue from where his predecessor left in promoting bilateral relations between Zambia and France.
Mr. Mulenga was minister of Education until 2006, when he failed to retain his parliamentary seat in Luwingu.
To Mr. Holmes, Dr. Mwanawasa said the former should diligently assist him in discharging presidential duties both in government realms and in the movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) spheres.
The President said he has been busy with emancipating the economy of the country and hence he should continue helping in this area through working both the private and public sector.
“I have known you for a long time, I know you are a bulldozer. I have brought you to State House to help me and not to destroy me,” he said.