PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu yesterday unveiled his full Cabinet which saw four former ministers being omitted from the Cabinet list.
The President has not reappointed Wilbur Simuusa (Agriculture), Mwansa Kapeya (Lands) Emmanuel Chenda (Local Government) and Bob Sichinga (Commerce) and they have lost their portfolios in Government.
Mr Lungu instead appointed Kabwata member of Parliament Given Lubinda as Agriculture Minister, Zambezi West MP Christabel Ngimbu as Minister of Lands while Chishimba Kambwili was now Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services.
Christopher Yaluma, Fackson Shamenda and Yamfwa Mukanga have been brought back to ministries of Mines and Water Development, Labour and Social Services and Transport, Works and Communications respectively.
MMD Chipangali MP Vincent Mwale and his Mwandi counterpart Michael Kaingu have been appointed ministers of Sports and Education respectively while Emerine Kabanshi and Dr John Phiri have been taken to Community Development and Local Government and Housing respectively.
Mr Lungu has since called on Zambians to take hatred out of politics and banish all vices that divide the people.
He said the presidential election was over and therefore Zambians in true character as a democratic people should summon their collective will and move the country forward.
The President has urged political players to compete freely on a market of ideas, stating that democracy demanded tolerance to ensure that every citizen made meaningful contribution in nation building.
He said Zambia was a country for all citizens and that each one of them should be allowed to work towards making the country a better place.
President Lungu said the process of re-organising Government was not a simple task and that he had to consult widely to ensure that the outlook of his Cabinet was as representative as possible so that it could reflect the broad national character.
The Head of State said he had to appoint some MPs from the opposition political parties to ensure that regions where the Patriotic Front (PF) did not perform well were equally represented.
He stated that he had taken time to appoint his full cabinet because he wanted to carefully balance his Cabinet which he said was a blend of the old and young.
“Zambia is for all of us and we must all make it a better place. We must take hatred out of politics and banish all vices that divide our people. Elections are over and therefore, in our true character as a democratic people, we must summon our collective will to move the country forward. Let us compete freely in a market of ideas, tolerating one another in diversity and ensuring that each one of us makes a contribution in national building,” President Lungu said.
The President said he was demanding nothing less than excellence from his ministers because he was in a hurry to deliver the promises the party made to Zambians.
“We do not have the luxury of time before we go back to the people to ask for their vote. As President, I serve notice, and I have informed all the appointees to my Government that I expect the highest levels of integrity, performance, discipline and unity of purpose,” President Lungu said.