PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has appointed United Party for National Development (UPND) Sinazongwe Member of Parliament (MP) Richwell Siamunene as Defence Minister.
Mr Siamunene, who was previously Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Deputy Minister, takes up the post from Mr Lungu who was elected Republican President at the time he was serving as Defence Minister.
President Lungu has since appointed Kabwe Central Patriotic Front (PF) MP James Kapyanga to Mr Siamunene’s previous portfolio.
This is according to a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by the President’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda.
“His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia has appointed Honourable Richwell Siamunene as Minister of Defence and Honorable James Kapyanga as Deputy Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication,” read the statement.
Mr Chanda said the appointments of the duo were with immediate effect. Mr Siamunene is among the four MPs appointed from the opposition UPND to serve in Government.
Others are, Itezhi Tezhi MP, Greyford Monde (Agriculture and Livestock deputy minister), Solwezi Central MP Dawson Kafwaya (North-Western Province minister), Sinjembela MP Poniso Njeulu( Western Province minister).
Richwell Siamunene Profile
Date of Birth: 10th March 1972
Marital Status: Married
Educational Qualification: Business Management Certificate
Certificate in Marketing
Food Processing Course Certificate
Hobbies: Making Friends,Reading,Travelling and Sports
The appointments are with immediate effect.
Hon Siamunene is MP for Sinazongwe in Southern Province whilst Hon Kapyanga is MP for Kabwe Central constituency in Kabwe.