PRESIDENT Rupiah Banda has advised Zambians to be wary of
people whose sole aim is creating conflicts among citizens.
Mr Banda said
it was sad that there were people who were bent on making Zambians fight among
The president said this at State House after he swore in Dora
Siliya as Minister of Education,
chief of staff at State
House Austin Sichinga, Drug
Enforcement Commissioner (DEC) Aaron Zulu and several other permanent
"I am asking the country not to join those whose business is
to make Zambians fight one another," he said.
Mr Banda said he was happy
that Ms Siliya had cleared herself of allegations, which were leveled against
her while she served as Communications
and Transport minister concerning the privatisation of Zamtel.
Banda said it was good people in Zambia knew what transpired in the process of
the Zamtel privatisation and that Ms Siliya was cleared of all
He said when he became Republican president, Ms Siliya was
already a Cabinet minister. He was impressed with her performance hence
reappointing her as Education minister.
He said his Government was a
strong believer in the country's legal system. Several people had gone through
tribunal probes and were still reappointed by previous leaders, the president
Those who were sworn in, as permanent secretaries were Gladys
Kristafor in the Ministry
of Community Development and Social Services, Ngosa Chisupa at the
Management Development Division at Cabinet Office and Dominic Sichinga at the
Ministry of Communications and Transport.
of Zambia (UNZA) development studies lecturer Francis Chigunta was also
sworn in as chief analyst -political, Kenneth Ngosa as senior private secretary
at the office of the Vice-President.
Mr Banda urged the permanent
secretaries to ensure that they implemented the measures, which he announced
during this week's Press conference on reducing Government
Mr Banda said the permanent secretaries had joined the
Government at the time Zambia was faced with various problems arising from the
global economic crisis.
"I will count upon you to implement the things
that I talked about during the Press conference. You should cut on expenditure
in all ministries including State House," he said.
The president said the
money, which would be saved after the reduction on Government expenditure, would
be used for developmental projects aimed at eradicating poverty.
appointment of Dr Chigunta, Mr Banda said he was impressed with his objectivity
on various public issues.
Mr Banda said he had keenly followed Dr
Chigunta's contributions to the development of Zambia.
On the appointment
of Mr Zulu, the president said DEC played an important role in the governance of
Mr Banda said Mr Zulu was best suited for the job as he had
vast experience in the civil service and had the necessary academic
AND when he received letters of credence from the new Swedish
Ambassador to Zambia, Marie Anderson De Frutos, Mr Banda warned that his
administration will deal with greedy civil servants undermining Government's
efforts to fight poverty.
Mr Banda said it was sad to note that
Government efforts to eradicate poverty and provide quality health services to
the people were being undermined by a few greedy individuals.
"It is sad,
though, that our efforts to eradicate poverty, let alone to provide quality
health services to our people, are being undermined by few greedy individuals.
My administration will deal decisively with corrupt elements, he
Meanwhile, President Banda has welcomed Swedish investments in
He said Swedish investments into Zambia were in line with the
resolve by the two countries to improve the economy and welfare of the
Mr Banda said his administration had identified agriculture,
tourism, mining and manufacturing as priority sectors in its economic
Mr Banda urged Ms De Frutos to encourage the Swedish
business community to enter into partnerships with their Zambian counterparts to
explore the immense potential existing in the sectors.
Ms De Frutos said
her Government had worked with the Zambian Government in the health sector since
Ms De Frutos said Sweden welcomed the action taken by the
authorities with regard to the embezzlement of funds at the Ministry of
She said her government was concerned by the information that the
embezzlement of funds had been going on for several years in the Ministry
Ms De Frutos said Sweden would continue to be an active
and constructive partner to Zambia and would continue to constantly highlight
her overall goal for global development.
And speaking after receiving the
letters of credence from Belgian ambassador to Zambia Paul Jansen, President
Banda said the two countries had signed an investment promotion and protection
agreement aimed at strengthening economic cooperation through the creation of
favourable conditions for investments.
Mr Banda expressed Government's
appreciation to the Belgian government for its decision to cancel Zambia's
He said debt cancellation would help Government's efforts to
alleviate poverty in Zambia.
Mr Jansen said it was his hope that trade
relations would increase between Zambia and Belgium.
Mr Jansen said
Belgium was currently buying its copper from Zambia.
He commended Zambia
for being a shining example in the region in the field of good governance which
was backed up by prudent management of national resources.
He urged other
countries in the region to emulate Zambia.
(Times of Zambia)