President Edgar Lungu’s Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda said that Felix Mutati the was the most competent and qualified person to fill the post of Minister of Finance because he understands and shares the vision President Lungu has.
Speaking when he featured on a ZNBC TV program Sunday Interview, to address the numerous issues in public domain, Mr Chanda said the President has appointed a competent and qualified Minister of Finance who understands and shares into the overall vision of the President.
He explained that the issues of both Micro and Macro economic challenges are at the heart of the President and his Minister of Felix Mutati.
He added that the President will not keep any Cabinet Ministers who will not perform their duties.
“The President will not keep any Cabinet Ministers who will wake up in the morning, go to the office and do nothing. We are with the Minister of Health Dr Chilufya on a trip to Tanzania but even while there, he is deeply concerned about the health situation in the country because of the onset of rains. That is the spirit the President wants and not excuses from Ministers,” he said.
He also said the President means business when it comes to the pronouncement of tightening belts.
“The President is serious on tightening our belts and there will be no wastage at any point, and our Ministers have equally been warned against wastage. The President wants even Permanent Secretaries to know this to the core, it’s not always that Ministers should travel, even the PS can travel on behalf of the ministry.
“Time will come when the Vice President will travel on behalf of the President. Right now the President is making strategic trips for strategic reasons I can’t mention here. But we will see the benefits soon, there is no need for the President to maintain a hostile relationship with his counterparts just because of tightening our belts, that has far reaching consequences that end up hurting our trade balance,” he said.