The President said during the swearing-in-ceremony that he was concerned with the increasing cases of corruption which had beset the country and warned the newly sworn-in Ministers not to fall prey to corrupt activities.
The President observed that he was specifically concerned that he had received reports linking some Ministers to corrupt activities and that once found wanting, he would not hesitate to relieve them of their duties even before they are investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
President Lungu noted that corrupt activities were not just being committed at Ministerial level but even at lower levels of Government. He wondered how some people had amassed property rapidly at the expense of poor Zambians.
The President said it was appalling see huge amounts of money being credited to some bank accounts regularly. He also warned against illegal allocation and acquisition of land using political influence and other illegal activities.
Meanwhile, the President has taken a swipe at the ACC for being inept because of their failure to prosecute corruption cases. He speculated that perhaps the ACC was used to a situation where they are directed on what to do and who to pursue. “I will not use the ACC to fire anyone, but l expect them to operate efficiently and fairly.”
President Lungu wondered why the ACC no longer availed reports to the Office of the President as was the case before, when they were so many corrupt activities which were being conducted with impunity.
The President also noted that it was difficult to act against some Constitution Office bearers on matters of corruption because they were bound by the Constitution.
The President appointed and sworn-in Hon. Matthew Nkhuwa, MP as Minister of Works and Supply replacing Hon. Ronald Chitotela, MP who has been transferred to the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development in the same capacity.
Others who have been appointed and sworn-in are:
Hon. Freedom Chomba Sikazwe, MP
(Minister- Presidential Affairs, State House);
Hon. Sylvia Bambala Chalikosa, MP
(Minister-Office of the Vice-President);
Hon. Lloyd Mulenga Kaziya, MP
(Minister-Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection)
Hon. Rev. Godfridah Nsenduluka Sumaila, MP
(Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs).