Chief Government Spokesperson, Ronnie Shikapwasha, says there is nothing scandalous in the appointment of individuals who have held political positions, as Permanent Secretaries.
Lieutenant General Shikapwasha says the action is not wrong when such individuals have reliquished their political positions upon being appointed to the civil service.
General Shikapwasha was reacting to a statement by Patriotic Front Spokesperson, Given Lubinda, who is quoted in a daily tabloid as questioning President Rupiah Banda’s appointments of some permanent Secretaries.
Mr. Banda appointed new permanent Secretaries recently and retired some.
General Shikapwasha also disclosed that Science and Technology Minister,Peter Daka, who left for south-Africa for medical treatment on Friday is being treated as an out-patient and that he has under-gone tests.
He said doctors are yet to recommend whether Mr. Daka should be admitted to hospital or not.
And General Shikapwasha said Chief-Justice Ernest Sakala’s condition is improving.
Justice Sakala was evacuated to South-Africa last week for medical treatment after suffering from a heart condition.
General Shikapwasha also described the condition of Chief whip Vernon Mwaanga as improving.
Mr. Mwaanga is undergoing routine medical check-up in South Africa.