President Edgar Lungu has reshuffled some Permanent Secretaries in a bid to streamline government operations and curb against abuse of government resources.
The Head of State has promoted Kashell Mwenya Director for Strategic Planning in the Management Development Division at Cabinet Office to Permanent Secretary in charge of remuneration division.
Mr Mwenya takes over from Dr Ronald Simwinga who has been transferred to Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of a new portfolio of administration which has been created to promote efficiency and effective service delivery.
President Lungu has also with immediate effect transferred Ministry of National Development Planning Permanent Secretary Dr Auxilia Ponga to the Ministry of Gender to replace Dr Felix Phiri who has been moved to Ministry of General Education to be in charge of Administration.
President Lungu’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda announced the transfers in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu had resolved to create the positions of permanent secretary in charge of administration as part of the restructuring process at the Ministry to ensure prudent use of government resources and prevention of abuse of resources.
The Presidential Aide said the Head of State made the changes in accordance with the provisions of article 92(2) (e) and 92 (1) of the constitution of the republic of Zambia.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu has since tasked permanent secretaries as controlling officers to eliminate malpractices of wasting public resources.
He further said that President Lungu wants to see a complete change in the Auditor General’s report s where several ministries, government departments and public officers have been cited for gross financial mismanagement and plunder of public resources.
President Lungu has also directed law enforcement agencies to be proactive and act swiftly on reported cases of abuse.