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 2010-06-18 09:13 pm Back to NEWS
Musonda dropped ... as RB appoints Namulambe deputy minister
Dr Musonda shot and wounded a Serenje resident Jackson Musaka for allegedly trying to "block" him. Time of Zambia

President Rupiah Banda has with immediate effect relieved Health Deputy Minister Solomon Musonda of his duties.

And President Banda has appointed Mpongwe Member of Parliament Gabriel Namulambe as the new deputy minister for Mines and Mineral Development.

Special assistant to the president for Press and public relations Dickson Jere said in a statement yesterday that the president had decided to relieve Dr Musonda of his duties after receiving a report indicating that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has recommended for his prosecution following a shooting incident in his constituency.

According to Mr Jere, the president wants Dr Musonda to concentrate on his case and for the judicial process to take its course in the matter.

"The appointment of Honourable Namulambe is with immediate effect," Mr Jere said.

Mr Namulambe once served as minister of Science and Technology before his appointment was revoked.

When Home Affairs Minister Mkhondo Lungu briefed the Press earlier yesterday, he said Dr Musonda's case had been delayed because the DPP was out of the country.

Mr Lungu, however, said the due process of the law would take its course in the matter.

"What must be understood is that the process must be followed. There can be no short cuts. A few days ago the president was out of the country but I am happy to say that the DPP is now in the country and the matter is being handled by him," he said.

Meanwhile, police last night arrested and charged Dr Musonda. The former deputy minister arrived at Lusaka's Woodlands Police Station at 18.30 hours with his lawyer Sunday Nkonde and by press time, police were still interrogating him.

Dr Musonda shot and wounded a Serenje resident, Jackson Musaka for allegedly trying to block him.

Times of Zambia

 
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