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President Lungu Swears in newly appointed Minister of Water Development Raphael Nakachinda

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President Edgar Lungu has directed newly appointed Minister of Water Development Raphael Nakachinda to ensure that water harvesting in the country is actualized.

President Lungu said water harvesting has not been taken seriously in the country despite continuous heavy rains and floods.

The President said Zambia can benefit a lot from water harvesting for industrial, agricultural and domestic purposes among others.

“As much as we are blessed with rain this season, we have not yet learnt, as a country, how to harness this rain for both domestic and industrial use. It is time we learnt how to harvest rain for the good of our people because we do not have rainfall throughout the year. Therefore, as the new minister in charge of water, take keen interest in rain harvesting techniques” said President Lungu.

ZANIS reports that the Head of State was speaking when he swore in Mr Nakachinda at State House in Lusaka today.

President Lungu regretted that provision of safe and clean water and sanitation services remain a challenge for many ordinary Zambians despite the Ministry of Water Development engaging and working with cooperating partners to increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

The President told Mr Nakachinda to ensure that his ministry improves on the development and management of water resources like the Kafulafuta Dam on the Copperbelt to alleviate water challenges.

“Your appointment comes at a critical time when Zambia is faced with Covid #19, and the heavy rains we have experienced” noted President Lungu, added “Ensure we have enough water throughout the year”.

President Edgar Lungu receive the latter of Oath from the newly appointed Minister of Water Development Raphael Nakachinda during swearing in ceremony at State House. Monday, January 11, 2020. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS
President Edgar Lungu receive the latter of Oath from the newly appointed Minister of Water Development Raphael Nakachinda during swearing in ceremony at State House. Monday, January 11, 2020. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS

President Lungu told Mr Nakachinda that he only has four months to hit the ground and make an impact in his ministry which plays a pivotal role in the delivery of services to Zambians.

The President noted that both rural and urban areas across the country have been hit by floods and that there is need for concerted and collaborative efforts from stakeholders and partners to ensure that the situation is put under control.

The Head of State warned the new Minister of Water Development not to entangle himself with the work of technocrats but instead concentrate on formulating policies that should benefit Zambians.

“Your ministry should come up with policies to help our people, your role is policy formulation, I therefore do not expect you to usurp the roles of technocrats because such actions will not only entangle you but the rest of government” said President Lungu.

The President tasked the new Water Development Minister to ensure that investment through Public Private Partnerships is undertaken to develop and improve water infrastructure in order to widen access to water and attain universal access to water by 2030.

President Edgar Lungu confers with the newly appointed Minister of Water Development Raphael Nakachinda shortly after swearing in ceremony at State House. Monday, January 11, 2020. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS
President Edgar Lungu confers with the newly appointed Minister of Water Development Raphael Nakachinda shortly after swearing in ceremony at State House. Monday, January 11, 2020. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS

And addressing the media after being sworn in, Mr Nakachinda said he will endeavor to ensure that he realizes the vision of President Lungu in the water, sanitation and environment sector.

Mr Nakachinda paid tribute to his predecessor, Dr Jonas Chanda for laying the groundwork for the implementation of sustainable water, sanitation and environmental programmes.

Mr Nakachinda, who was until recently a nominated Member of Parliament, was appointed Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, taking over from Dr Chanda who replaced sacked Minister of Health Dr Chitalu Chilufya.

The newly appointed Minister of Water Development Raphael Nakachinda taking Oath before President Edgar Lungu during swearing in ceremony at State House. Monday, January 11, 2020. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS
The newly appointed Minister of Water Development Raphael Nakachinda taking Oath before President Edgar Lungu during swearing in ceremony at State House. Monday, January 11, 2020. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS

42 COMMENTS

    • Why is Mr Nakachinda being favoured above PF members? This is a question that probing journalists should answer. You just don’t reprt on what has happened you give the readers the underlying factors. Niye journalism

  1. I do not know what Lungu sees in Raphael Nakachinda. Nakachinda is a very divisive man whose actions have damaged an opposition political party. Is this supposed to reward him for his failure to pass Bill 10 or to please RB? It is enough for Raphael to remain a nominated MP.

  2. Congratulations my brother. We are very confident in your abilities and look forward to working with you. Remember we are all here if you need advice.

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  3. Next time if you’re swearing a position make sure you call him for un swearing when you fire them coz the contract still stands as oath. So call chilufya to come and undo his oath and shake hands for the little good he did for you, if at any time he brought a brown envelope coz we don’t want to hear it from court after August. Ti manga chabe. Covid update mu dinning this time.

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  4. KiKiKikikikikikiki, MMD defective members taking ministerial jobs in PF government, yes! in PF government. ECL is smart. However, where is Antonio Mwanza, Monday Chanda, and all original blue PF members. Vindication of majority PF cadres as of ineffectual existence even if they die for PF as a party they are only taken as expendables. Main responsible tasks belong to former and expelled MMD new comers.

  5. Look at these saddists.
    Sunday Chanda, Kennedy Kamba, Kaizer Zulu, Tayali, Antonio Mwanza… ALL side lined yet again. He pick another peace of sh!t as minister.

  6. We as PF are not happy, there are some of us who fought for this party, where was this MMD guy Nakachinda when were fighting, it was infact MMD which was persecuting us with Dora Siliya from MMD insulting us daily

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  7. Parliament will be dissolved in 4 months time so what can he achieve in 4 months’ time? So what knowledge and value addition will Nachinda bring to that Ministry? Is he being rewarded for his efforts in the failed Bill 10 Project? Why didn’t ECL appoint a Youth, a woman or a disabled Person to that Portfolio?

  8. Can some one please explain to me why Lungu favours MMD members? Is it a way of having bootlickers around him, like Bowman? Because he seems to ignore PF members.

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    • But you know the new appointee is a bootlicker like Bowman, so the equation is coming up. Everyday when I knock off just to imagine that my PAYE pays bowman and now Nakachinda brings goose pimples.

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    • If our ‘journalists’ were worth the salt they would have been delving into the CV of the appointees to help the public know a little bit of what the appointee is made of and what to expect of them in the roles they occupy! This Nakachinda behaves like one whose CV is not professionally impressive but a loud mouth hateful of his party MMD now being gratified by his adopting family PF!

  9. When will parliament be dissolved? if it april or may it means nakachinda is a 4 months minister, unfortunately for you pf cadres even just for 4 months you can’t be considered for a ministerial post, ba MMD batenga while you remain shout pa bwato in markets and bus stations.

  10. It now seems If one boot lick so much ends up being reward those who lift up the fist and shout pabwato,sontapo,umuntu ni Lungu and so on are usually left on the fence as MMD surrogates for RB continue to occupy Ministrial sits in PF

  11. Chitalu Chilufya is gone, does that confirm Edgar Lungu’s formula that out of 10 thieves 6 are bemba. I am just asking

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  12. Finally this traitor cum bootlicker has been rewarded although he will only enjoy for a short while since we are heading to elections in a few months. After that he will be a nobody since he doesn’t even have a constituency.

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  13. Our country is blessed with so much water.

    The waters we have give us fish and power. These are things God gave us for free.

    But if we look at how we have taken advantage of this, you can cry.

    Vote wisely.

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  14. @Indigo: Vote wisely?? Would upnd sort out this problem if they assumed office?? If so, elaborate please….

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  15. Really laughable the bootlicker has been rewarded…I feel for genuine PF Members of Parliament, are they that useless or La7y doesnt trust them to appoint this moron who he also nominated.

  16. We wanted Kaizar Zulu to head this ministry. KZ worked in a laboratory n knows good sparkling quality water. Noti ivo vamene mwayamba.

  17. Didn’t the President himself entangle himself in the work of the technocrats by not heeding the expert advice of the Attorney General and allowing Ministers to stay in office illegally when Parliament was dissolved? Did he let the Speaker of the national assembly act as President when the election petition was in place? So his Ministers do what does…..he shows them the way, the wrong way of doing things

  18. The New Minister IF you are reading this you need to do something about the water situation in Chilanga…there is no water..no tarmac roads. This is not the time for you to fattening your self.
    Do some work.

  19. IS NAKACHINDA PF OR MMD? LET PRESIDENT LUNGU TELL THE NATION IF NAKACHINDA IS APPOINTED AS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO DOES NOT BELONG TO ANY OF THE TWO PARTIES ( PF AND MMD).
    THE COURT RULED OUT THAT THE PRESIDENT OF MMD WITH DUE RESPECT IS DR. NEVERS MUMBA AND DR. MUMBER DROPPED NAKACHINDA INFACT EXPELLED HIM FROM MMD BUT THE PRESIDENT AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY STILL HOLD AND USE NAKACHINDA AS A MINISTER AND A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.

  20. IN PF ANY ONE WHO TALKS RUBBISH AND RUDE ON HH, WILL BE PROMOTED. HH HAS BECOME A LADDER TO HIGH POSITION WITH BA ECL. ITS NOT LONG AGO NAKACHINDA WAS CHEATING AND RANTING OVER HH, WHAT DO SEE TODAY? HE IS PROMOTED. CHARITY KATONGO BLOCKED UPND CHEATED ABOUT HH ALLOWS CADRES WHERE IS SHE? SHE HAS BEEN ELEVATED, BOWMAN, CHANDA SUNDAY, ETC ALL WHO TALK ILL ABOUT HH, THEY ARE PROMOTED AND PROTECTED.
    THE VISSIONARY LEADER SEE AN ENEMY HH AS AN OBSTRACTION IN DEVELOPMENT AND NOT AS AN EYE OPENNER TO GOOD GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT.

  21. I am very pleased that President Lungu pronounced the need for harvesting rainfall for domestic and industrial use. Doing so will compliment the already stretched water supply systems. The ministry need to develop policies, strategies and programmes to support the direction given by the President. Zambia Rainwater harvesting Association should be re-energized to support government with civic education. Eng. George Phiri, Bob Muzyamba and Tina Jere, please work Hon. Kachinda. ICRAF office in Zambi can also support based in our regional experience in promoting rainwater harvesting. ****

  22. Kaizer, anzelu bypassed you for the ministerial post again. What should we do to move our agenda of putting you in plot 1 in August? We need to act before MMD makes the Pate to implode.

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