President Michael Sata has appointed Mandevu Member of Parliament Jean Kapata as new Tourism Minister replacing dismissed Sylvia Masebo. Until her appointment, Ms. Kapata was Community, Mother and Child Health Deputy Minister.
Ms. Kapata during the intra -party wrangles belonged to the team that supported former Defense Minister Geofrey Bwalya Mwamba. Jean Kapata was the campaign manager for President Michael Sata’s son Mulenga during the Lusaka District Patriotic Front elections in which Mulenga emerged victorious and became the new District Chairperson.
The appointment of Kapata is not only a big blow to PF Secretary General and Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba but also to Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda. Many expected Lubinda to be re-appointed back to the Ministry he once headed especially that he testified against Masebo during the Roydah Kaoma tribunal that was set up to investigate Masebo’s misconduct when she unilaterally dissolved the Zambia Wild Life (ZAWA) board and fired senior managers including cancelling duly awarded tenders.
Masebo was fired last week for bringing the name of the President into ridicule, contempt and disrepute why she lied under oath that it was President Sata who directed her break the law at ZAWA.