ATTORNEY GENERAL Musa Mwenye, the man at the centre of the controversial handover of the instruments of power by Mr Edgar Lungu to then acting President Guy Scott, has been sacked.
And President Lungu is today expected in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the African Union summit and has appointed Vice-President Inonge Wina to act as President.
Soon after the death of President Sata, a Cabinet meeting was convened at which Mr Mwenye threated Mr Lungu, who was at the time Acting President, with treason and possible jail if he was not going to hand over power to Dr Scott who until then had never been considered to act as president.
Mr Mwenye also lied to Cabinet that at the time President Levy Mwanawasa died on August 19, 2008 in France, former defence minister George Mpombo was acting as president when the truth was that the instruments of power were left with former president Rupiah Banda.
And yesterday, President Lungu removed Mr Mwenye as Attorney General from his position.
In a statement by Special Assistant, Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda, President Lungu said his decision to remove Mr Mwenye from his position was in pursuant to Article 54 (5) of the Constitution of Zambia.
The Head of State thanked Mr Mwenye for his services rendered to the nation.
“His Excellency, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia has with immediate effect removed Attorney General Musa Mwenye from his position. President Lungu’s decision is in pursuant to Articale 54 (5) of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia,” Mr Chanda said. And President Lungu has appointed Major General David Muma as deputy Commander of the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) after having promoted him to the rank of and status of Major General from General.
“In exercise of the powers vested in me pursuant to the provisions of Article 33 (1) of the Constitution of Zambia and the provisions of the Defence Act, I hereby promote you to the rank and status of Major General and appoint you as deputy Commander in the Zambia Air Force with immediate effect, “President Lungu said in a letter to Gen Muma.
Meanwhile President Lungu has designated his authority to Vice-President Wina to discharge the functions of office of President from today to Sunday while he will be away to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, attending the African Union summit.
And President Lungu yesterday underwent two medical examinations at Maina Soko Military Hospital and Lusaka Trust Hospital respectively.
According to a statement by his Special Assistant, Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda, President Lungu undertook a baseline health parameters routine check-up at Maina Soko and attended the dentistry at Lusaka Trust Hospital.
Mr Chanda said doctors gave President Lungu a clean bill of health after he was interviewed by his personal physician which is part of the process of routine health check-ups.