President Edgar Lungu has appointed Bishop Edward Chomba as Permanent Secretary in charge of water in Ministry of Energy and Water Development.
Bishop Chomba is famous for issuing a statement linking United party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema to Satanism at a PF rally in Kabwe at the height of presidential campaigns.
And Lungu has warned that he will not hesitate to dismiss civil servants that will be frustrating government programmes.
President Lungu said he has noticed with sadness that some civil servants have become partisan and unprofessional in the course of executing their duties.
He said he will not tolerate civil servants that are betraying the trust and confidence that the Zambian people have in him by electing him and the Patriotic Front (PF) into government.
He challenged public service workers to quit from the civil service if they are content with being fooled and used by opposition political parties.
Mr. Lungu wondered why some civil servants are in the forefront of frustrating the on-going issuance of National Registration Cards (NRCs).
President Lungu was speaking when he swore in three permanent secretaries and a high commissioner at State House in Lusaka today.
Those sworn in are Ambassador Albert Muchanga as permanent secretary for parliamentary business in the office of the Vice President, Paul Chanda as permanent secretary for Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development, and Solomon Jere as High Commissioner to the Nigeria.
The swearing in ceremony was attended by Vice President Inonge Wina, Cabinet Ministers and senior government official.
President Lungu has since urged the newly sworn in officers to work extra hard in implementing government programmes and delivering services where they are needed.
The Head of State further urged Ambassador Muchanga to ensure that the Office of the Vice President and ministers are well equipped to address and respond to government business in parliament.
President Lungu also urged the new mines permanent secretary to consider exploring community mining ventures in order to empower local people and make them benefit from the country’s vast mineral wealth.
Mr. Lungu, who sympathized with Mr. Chanda over the current power deficit and lower prices for minerals on the international market, urged the new permanent secretary to find ways of improving mining in the country.
The President also directed Energy and Water Development Minister Dora Siliya and her new permanent secretary to develop the water sector and ensure that clean piped water and boreholes are made readily available and accessible in rural areas.
And President Lungu has advised Zambia’s new High Commissioner to Nigeria to explore opportunities for business interaction programmes for women so as to enhance women empowerment programmes across the country.