President Rupiah Banda has unveiled a new Cabinet, dropping Finance Minister Ng’andu Magande and deploying the Inspector General of Police, Ephraim Mateyo into foreign service.
President Banda has appointed Minister of Justice, George Kunda as his Vice President. Mr. Kunda still holds the portfolio of Minister of Justice as well.
Mr. Banda called on the new cabinet to work extremely hard in order for government to fulfill promises the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) made during the pre-election campaigns.
He made the reshuffles at cabinet and deputy ministers’ level during a press conference at State House this afternoon.
Among those that have been dropped from cabinet are Local Government and Housing Minister Sylvia Masebo, Agriculture Minister, Ben Kapita and Minister for Gender, Patricia Mulasikwanda.
The President has maintained George Mpombo as Minister of Defence, Kabinga Pande for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Lungwanga for Education and Felix Mutati for Commerce, Trade and Industry.
Others that have retained their portfolios are Minister of Communications and Transport Dora Siliya and her deputy Mubika Mubika.
The new Finance Minister is Situmbeko Musokotwane who was until today, Economic Advisor to the President while his deputy is Chileshe Kapwepwe, who has also been nominated as Member of Parliament.
Home Affairs Minister Ronnie Shikapwasha has moved to Information and Broadcasting Services where he will be deputized by Elijah Muchima who was deputy minister for Defence.
The new Home Affairs Minister is Kalombo Mwansa, who was Minister of Mines and while his deputies are Misheck Bonshe and David Phiri who was at information and Broadcasting in the same capacity.
The deputy Minister for Mines and Minerals Development, Maxwell Mwale has been elevated to full Cabinet Minister at the same ministry while his deputy is Boniface Nkhata continues in the same capacity.
Minister of Health, Brian Chituwo has moved to Agriculture in the same capacity while Daniel Kalenga and Albert Mulonga have maintained their positions as deputy ministers in the same ministry.
Tourism Minister Michael Kaingu and his counterpart for Community Development, Catherine Namugala have been swapped in the same capacity.
Vera Chiluba has been joined by Mubita Mwangala as deputy ministers at the ministry of Tourism, Environment, and National Resources.
John Chinyata remains at Community Development as deputy minister while Friday Malwa is the other deputy minister in the same ministry.
Clement Sinyinda has maintained his position as deputy minister for Education.
Local Government and Housing deputy Minister, Ben Tetamashimba has been promoted to full cabinet Minister in the same ministry and his deputy will be Chrispine Musosha, who was Luapula Province Minister and Lwipa Puma, who was deputy minister for Health.
Deputy Minister for Local government, Eustakio Kazonga is now at Defence in the same capacity.
Works and Supply Minister, Kapembwa Simbao moves to Health as Information Minister, Mike Mulongoti takes over at Works and Supply in the same capacity.
Mr. Simbao will be deputized by Mwendoi Akakandelwa who was until today deputy minister at Community Development.
Science and Technology will continue to be headed by Peter Daka, who will be deputized by Finance and National Planning deputy minister Jonas Shakafuswa.
At the Ministry of Labour has been taken over by Austin Liato, who was deputy at the same ministry while Ronald Mukuma, who was minister of Labour, has been moved to Lands.
The deputy minister for Lands is Nasim Hamir while former deputy minister Tourism, Todd Chilembo is now at ministry of Justice ion the same capacity.
Sports Minister, Gabriel Namulambe is now new Minister for Presidential Affairs at State House and his position at Sports has been taken by Kenneth Chipungu, who was until today, Minister for Northwestern Province.
Mr. Chipungu will be deputized by Angela Cifire, who has maintained her position and a Dr. Kalila.
The new Gender Minister is Sarah Sayifwanda, replacing Patricia Mulasikwanda who has been dropped.
Northwestern Province has been taken over by Joseph Mulyata while Northern has been taken over by Charles Shawa who was until today Minister for Eastern province.
Boniface Kawimbe has been nominated as Member of Parliament and is Minister for Luapula province while Isaac Banda is new Minister for Eastern province.
Daniel Munkombwe, Ackimson Banda, Adons Mufalali, Mwansa Mbulakulima and Lameck Mangani have returned their positions as Ministers for Southern, Central, Western, Copperbelt and Lusaka Provinces respectively.
President Banda has also maintained Army Commander Isaac Chisuzi, Zambia Air Force Commander Samuel Mapala and Zambia National Service Commandant Raphael Chisheta.
Mr. Banda said the defence forces should be congratulated for keeping the country safe during the funeral of late President Mwanawasa and later during and after the holding of the presidential by-election.
And President Banda has stressed that the defence forces and the Zambia Police Service must ensure that no person in the country is allowed to disturb peace and stability.
He said those aggrieved about the outcome of the presidential by-election should not engage in violent activities but seek legal redress in the courts of law.
He added that the country has adequate laws that have kept the country stable in terms of peace and development.
“The worst fear for me is to see Zambians to go and seek refugee in other countries,” he said.
The President reiterated that he and his new cabinet would work extra hard to improve all economic sectors of the country in order to improve living standards of the over 11 million Zambians.
“We are anxious to get to work and be in harmony to deliver on the promises we made to the people of Zambia during our campaigns,” he said.
He congratulated Zambians for voting in a peaceful and democratic manner during the just-ended presidential by-election.