Newly sworn-in Southern province deputy minister Daniel Munkombwe said he was happy that president Michael Sata has shifted the provincial capital to his home village in Choma.
Mr. Munkombwe said he will work tireless to make sure all the provincial departments move to Choma as soon as possible.
“The only thing that will keep me in Livingstone is the preparations for the forth coming world tourism conference otherwise everything has to move to Choma,” Munkombwe said.
President Sata complianed the slow pace at which the movements to Choma from Livingstone were being done.
Sata who is not moving around the country himself urged his top civil servants and ministers to familiarise themselves with the country by moving extensively.
“You Permanent Secretaries stay here in Lusaka, but you dont even know how Lusaka is. It is shameful that after 50 years of independence, Monze and Namwala towns are not yet connected. Southern, Western, and North-western provinces are the poorest in this country,” Mr. Sata said.
Mr Sata advised the deputy ministers and Permanent Secretaries to desist from sitting in offices but rather go in provinces and monitor government projects taking place there.
Sata wondered how Deputy Ministers and Permanent Secretaries can acquaint themselves with the challenges that civil servants face in executing government work if they do not tour the country-side.
“The reason Kenneth Kaunda was putting on safari suits is because the are easy to wash. So remove those shirts and put on safari suits because if you put on shirts you will require to wash them regularly,” Sata said.
In an apparent reference to his hiding in State House and lack of press conference, Sata said time for talking too much was over.
President Sata was speaking at State House this morning when he swore in veteran politician Daniel Munkombwe as Southern Province Minister, Obious Chisala as Northern Province Minister, Bernard Kampasa and Lazarous Yumba as Permanent Secretaries.
In his usual ‘donchi kubeba’ style, Mr. Sata has not told the nation where the previous office holders in Southern, Northern and Muching provinces have been taken.