President Edgar Lungu has cautioned permanent secretaries against undermining the authority of Cabinet ministers in the discharge of their duties.
President Lungu said he will not tolerate any more continued friction between ministers and permanent secretaries.
The Head of State issued the directive in Lusaka today when he swore in four newly promoted permanent secretaries.
Those sworn in are Ministry of Health permanent secretary for Administration Mulalelo Kakulubelwa and Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Joyce Nsamba.
Others are Central Province Permanent Secretary Bernard Chomba and his North Western Province counterpart Willies Manjimela.
President Lungu noted that in the past he has witnessed challenges of permanent secretaries undermining cabinet ministers and was compelled to counsel them so that they can work together to achieve government developmental targets.
“I will not tolerate any more friction between ministers and PSs because they are two sides of the same coin” said President Lungu.
The Head of State stressed that permanent secretaries should not think that they are bigger than ministers.
He stated that the roles of ministers and permanent secretaries are well defined and that it is paramount that they all work together to achieve and deliver on the promises the PF made to the Zambian people.
The president expressed confidence that the newly promoted and sworn in permanent secretaries have amassed sufficient knowledge and expertise to function and discharge their duties due to their long service in the civil service.
President Lungu said he expects ministers and permanent secretaries to drive the various government development as enshrined in the PF manifesto and the 7NDP in order to improve the welfare of Zambians.
He warned that he will not hesitate to fire Cabinet ministers failing to perform and permanent secretaries antagonizing the work of Cabinet ministers.
President Lungu said he will not allow ministers and permanent secretaries to cost him his job at the hands of the Zambian people but that they should instead dig deeper and serve the Zambian citizenry or risk being fired.
“I will not give you latitude to mess around and cost me in 2021, I would rather sack you now and give the job to people who can do the job, “said President Lungu.
Newly sworn in ministry of health permanent secretary in charge of administration Mulalelo Kakulubelwa pledged to work towards promoting universal access to health in the country.
Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Joyce Nsamba said she will ensure that Muchinga develops side by side with other provinces.
Central Province Permanent Secretary Bernard Chomba pledged to continue developing the province by attracting investments to the region.
North Western Province permanent Secretary Willies Manjimela said he will work towards cementing unity in the region and maximizing the province’s natural resources to bring development to the area.
And Special Assistant to President Lungu for Press and Public Relation Amos Chanda has announced that permanent secretary for ministry of agriculture Patrick Shawa’s contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of January this year.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu will appoint a new permanent secretary for the ministry of agriculture in due course.
He clarified that Dr Kennedy Malama will take up the portfolio of Ministry of Health permanent secretary for technical services previously held by Jabbin Mulwanda who has been sent to Cabinet Office for holding.