President Edgar Lungu talking to Journalists at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport before departure for Ethiopia
President Edgar Lungu talking to Journalists at Kenneth Kaunda
International Airport before departure for Ethiopia

President Edgar Lungu has appointed four Permanent Secretaries and transferred two with immediate effect. President Lungu has also made two appointments at High Commissioner Level with immediate effect.

Those appointed as Permanent Secretaries are:

(1) Mr Chola Chabala, Director Planning –(PERMANENT SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING);

(2) Mr Mushuma Mulenga – Acting National Coordinator- (PERMANENT SECRETARY, PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT, INDUSTRIALISATION AND JOB CREATION UNDER CABINET OFFICE);

(3) Mr Elias Kamanga, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Copperbelt Province -(PERMANENT SECRETARY, COPPERBELT PROVINCE); and

(4) Mr Jobix Kalumba, Provincial Education Officer, Northern Province (PERMANENT SECRETARY, NORTHERN PROVINCE).

 

And President Lungu has transferred the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Arts, Mr Stephen Mwansa to the Office of the Vice-President as Permanent Secretary in charge of Administration.

The President has also transferred the Permanent for Copperbelt Province Rev. Howard Sikwela to the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare in the same capacity.

Meanwhile, the President has appointed Dr. John Jafete Ngwata Phiri as High Commissioner-Designate to the Republic of Malawi and Mr Rayford Mbulu as High Commissioner-Designate to the Republic of Ghana.
The President has wished the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries and those appointed to serve in the diplomatic service success and God’s blessings in their assignments.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. A way of making up for deputy ministers. With this escalating and uncontrolled government expenditure, forget about interest rates ever coming down. Expect more taxes because government’s appetite for revenue has become insatiable thanks to its reckless extension of bureaucracy! At the end of the day it is the ordinary Zambians who will perish! Advisors and technocrats, please advise EL. Parliament, we need to stop this!

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    • Isn’t this unconstitutional? Should the president appoint permanent secretaries? I am sitting with someone who was a Permanent secretary in the late 70s and 80s. He says, and I agree, Perm secs were senior civil servants who got to the post via promotion not by political appointment.
      If the president appoints them he is politicising the civil service. Apparently Chiluba who had too many cadres to appoint was the one who began the illegal habit of appointing senior civil servants. It should now be halted. This is why we need a focused opposition that should be challenging such illegal acts as this

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    • First you have to check whether there are vacancies being created in these positions. PS contracts are three years. When you serve your three years you either get retired or your contract extended. If it is extended you can either remain in the same ministry/province or you are deployed somewhere else. The danger comes in when a PS is dropped and not deployed before expiry of the term.

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  2. Way to go “Matokwani”.since all you see in ECL’s appointments is “tribalism”,then just blame yourself for voting for a loser HH in 3.5 provinces.if you needed senior Govnt jobs,then you could have been voting for PF like other voters did or vote in 6.5 provinces.just wait for HH’s time ( if at all it will come in 2026) because if he wins (God forbid),his govnt will be dominated by bantustans!!!but in PF,all tribes are there but since its a party full of northerners and easterners,we should expect them to outnumber other tribes who hate PF like hell.congrats to all appointed brethren!!!

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  3. Now he is handpicking tins from his sewer of cadres instead of leaving it to Cabinet Office..he would have 50 Emmanuel Mwambas in govt offices.

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  4. Rotten regime and its rotten antics will not make Zambia a better place for the rest of us. The sooner this thug is kicked out the better.

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    • Mwewa no one can make your life better than yourself. Get that into your head. Your friends are being employed and you should look for something to do rather than analysing who and who has not been appointed. You are wasting your precious time doing that. Get a life and do it for your good as no one, I repeat, no one will ever make your life better than yourself. Add prayer then you will prosper. Leave bitterness and believe in God

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  5. Isn’t this unconstitutional? Should the president appoint permanent secretaries? I sitting with someone who was a Permanent secretary in the late 70s and 80s. He says, and I agree, Perm secs were senior civil servants who got to the post via promotion not political appointment. If the president appoints them he is politicising the civil service. Apparently Chiluba who had tooany cadres to appoint was the one who began the illegal habit of appointing senior civil servants. It should now be halted. This is why we need a focused opposition that should be challenging such illegal acts as this

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  6. This pwazi only knows appointing people. Elo Lusaka times why are your comments low I told you that people will leave this ka pf website kiki

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  7. Wako ni Wako.
    This chap is worse than FTJ and MCS in promoting only his kinsmen.
    Let us split the country in half as in North Western and North Eastern Rhodesia.

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  8. Where there vacancies for these positions or have they just been created? Endless appointments. We don’t even get to ‘see’ what all these people actually do.

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  9. @Bapombo – Under clause 184 of the Constitution, the President has power to appoint Permanent Secretaries with the advise of the Civil Service Commission. Whether he actually consults the commission is another matter. But I think after all these years of bemoaning the excessive executive powers, it is regrettable that even with the so-called new Constitution (amended) these powers have not been clipped. All this ‘hero-worshipping’ partly stems from the allegiances created by having power to appoint so many – hardly any independent organs exist.

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  10. It we be beneficial, educational and informative to the public if we had parliamentary confirmation hearing.

    Because we all have interest in the people that are serving. It we mean a lot if the executive had gesture it.

    Below are two articles why I have this Notion, first one from senate, second from one the Bible and l know the second one will be appreciated because Zambia been a Christian nation.

    1. Whether confirmation hearings — a procedure unique to the Senate — legislative, oversight, investigative, or a combination of these, all hearings share common elements of preparation and conduct. Hearings usually include oral testimony from witnesses and questioning of the witnesses by members of Congress

    2. Judges 6:16-18

    The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and…

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  11. Suppose it was the bantustan who was it going to appoint? Thanks to the zambians who voted for pf.

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  12. When is he retiring in national interest all the dundumwezi PS’s ? Shu shus are are not giving ECL proper info in most institutions and provinces.

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  13. It would be beneficial, educational and informative to the public if we had a parliamentary confirmation hearing.

    Because we all have an interest in the people that are serving. It would mean a lot if the executive had to gesture it.

    Below are two articles why I have this Notion, first one from Senate, second from one the Bible and l know the second one will be appreciated because Zambia been a Christian nation.

    1. Whether confirmation hearings — a procedure unique to the Senate — legislative, oversight, investigative, or a combination of these, all hearings share common elements of preparation and conduct. Hearings usually include oral testimony from witnesses and questioning of the witnesses by members of Congress

    2. Judges 6:16-18

    The Lord answered, “I will be with you,…

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