PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has dissolved Cabinet and has appointed journalist Amos Chanda as the new Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations.
According to a statement issued by Secretary to Cabinet, Roland Msiska yesterday, Mr Lungu has nullified all the Cabinet positions and is today expected to unveil his Government at State House.
“Following the inauguration of His Excellency Mr Edgar C. Lungu, as President of the Republic of Zambia on Sunday 25th January 2015, he has since dissolved Cabinet. His Excellency has also appointed Amos Chanda as Special Assistant (press and public relations),” Dr Msiska said. Mr Chanda takes over from Mr. George Chellah whose next posting is not yet known.
Mr Lungu was yesterday inaugurated as Zambia’s sixth Republican President and declared his loath against tribalism and regionalism, vowing that he will endeavour to fight the scourge and unite the country that has remained deeply divided over the years.
And President Lungu has invited opposition political party leaders to work with his new Government in a crusade to fight poverty, hunger and unemployment, vices he said were ravaging Zambia.
Addressing Zambians soon after taking oath of the president at National Heroes Stadium, President Lungu said Zambia had remained peaceful and united in the last 50 years because its unity was anchored on the country’s motto of One Zambia One Nation.
Mr Lungu who took oath just before 12 hours amid pomp and splendor said those who were peddling tribalism were enemies of the people because they were dividing Zambia on the basis of regionalism and ethnicity.
Mr Lungu said the scourge of tribalism was a real threat to the country’s heritage apart from being a threat to unity, peace and tranquility the country has enjoying since independence.
He said there was no time for honeymoon in his presidency as he was determined to continue with late President Michael Sata’s vision which was to ensure that the millions of Zambians living in abject poverty were unyoked from the shackles of hunger and disease.
“Tribalism is a scourge that is a real threat to our heritage. We must move together and build our nation as one people. Zambia is bigger than any single individual including me,” Mr Lungu said.
President Lungu pledged that he was going to remain a servant of the people who had given him a rare privilege of becoming President and that he was going to use his presidency diligently.
Mr Lungu said he was aware that some people were corruptly getting contracts and tenders at the expense of many Zambians and vowed to fight the vice with all his power.
President Lungu reiterated his determination to recover public money owed by some institutions and individuals, stating that it hurt him about the greed some people were exhibiting against Zambians.
“Something must be done in our generation about this greed of few individuals having Government tenders at the expense of many Zambians…and must be done now. As President I want to give you a new and people-driven Constitution and I have appointed Dr Ngosa Simbyakula as Justice Minister,” Mr Lungu said.
Mr Lungu has assured foreign investors that their businesses were safe under his leadership but stated that his Government would endeavour to balance the interest of Zambians against those of investors.
And Mr Lungu has invited opposition political parties to work with his Government now that the presidential election was over.
Mr Lungu paid tribute to the United Party for National Development (UPND) for putting up a formidable campaign adding that the contest was a sign that the country’s democracy was maturing.
He said there was work to do and if the opposition political parties loved the country, they should not shy away from working with his Government and serve the country.