PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is making structural adjustments in Government and has to critically think through his appointments and should therefore not be pressed to expressly complete formulating his Cabinet, State House has said.
President Lungu’s special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda said the Head of State has the prerogative of appointing ministers and any other official in his Government and should not be questioned why he was taking long to complete forming his Cabinet.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu had gone on a retreat to Mfuwe to allow himself to think through his appointments and how his Cabinet should be constituted so that only the best could be part of his administration considering that he only had 18 months before the country goes for the general elections.
He told the Daily Nation from Mfuwe that the Head of State was making structural changes to Government to make it as efficient and effective as possible and it was important that he should take time away from the interruptions at State House.
He said the purpose of a retreat for President Lungu was to carefully analyse his appointments which would be completed next week soon after returning from his working holiday.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu wanted to constitute a Cabinet that would be effective and responsive to the needs of the people, adding that there was no need for anyone to be worried about the pace at which the Head of State was appointing his ministers and permanent secretaries.
“President Lungu is making structural changes in Government and should not be pressed to expressly complete forming his Cabinet. The President is giving his appointments thorough thought and is carefully assigning his ministers so that his Cabinet should be as effective and efficient as possible. Those who are worried and criticizing the President’s pace of forming his Government are unjustified. He is on a retreat to allow himself time to complete his appointments and next week, he will be announcing his full Cabinet,” Mr Chanda said.
And Mr Chanda has dispelled speculation that former Information and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba had rejected a presidential appointment to India.
Mr Chanda said insinuations that Mr Mwamba was not happy with an appointment that did not exist were malicious and meant to propagate hatred and odium against the former permanent secretary.
He said President Lungu would at an appropriate time appoint Mr Mwamba and it was therefore malicious to speculate that he (Mwamba) had rejected an appointment from the Head of State.
“I can confirm that Mr Mwamba has not rejected any appointment from the President. The speculations are malicious and should be ignored. The Head of State will be announcing appointments at the appropriate time,” Mr Chanda said.