PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has appointed republican vice president Inonge Wina as vice president of the Patriotic Front (PF) replacing Lusaka Central Member of Parliament (MP) Guy Scott.
Mr Lungu has also appointed PF legal and disciplinary committee chairperson Ngosa Simbyakula as national chairperson of the ruling party with immediate effect.
Dr Simbyakula takes over from Ms Wina who is also Nalolo MP.
According to a statement released today to the media by special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda, the duo’s appointments are pursuant to the powers vested in Mr Lungu under Article 16 of the PF constitution.
President Lungu has demanded a clear line of command and authority in ruling party and government ahead of the 2016 general elections.
He said he was confident that Ms Wina and Dr Simbyakula would effectively work with PF Secretary General, Davies Chama to mobilise the party at all levels.
“These appointments will help a great deal in the synchronisation of the party and government activities and eliminate as many areas of conflict of authority as possible by making it clear that the State and party vice-president will deputise me smoothly unless there are compelling reasons why she cannot,” he said.
In a related development, President Lungu has appointed Commissioner of Lands, Barnaby Mulenga as Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection permanent secretary.
Mr Mulenga will be sworn-in at State House tomorrow .
Meanwhile, Mr Lungu has sent a message of condolences to the family of late Bangweulu PF MP Chifita Matafwali who died in India on Wednesday.
The President said he learnt of Mr Matafwali’s demise with great sadness and hoped that his family would take comfort in the gracious cover of God during this time of sorrow.
The President has since directed Cabinet office to arrange for Works, Supply, Transport and Communication deputy Minister Mutaba Mwali and Kawambwa PF MP Nixon Chilangwa to travel to India to repatriate Mr Matafwali’s body.
The two would be accompanied by Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila.