Musonda dropped ... as RB appoints Namulambe deputy minister
Musonda shot and wounded a Serenje resident Jackson Musaka for allegedly trying
to "block" him. — Time
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
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
"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and Technology before his appointment was revoked.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.
however, said the due process of the law would take its course in the
"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.