President Rupiah Banda Monday swore-in former Lusaka Province minister Lameck Mangani as Home Affairs Minister, MMD National Chairman Michael Mabenga as Lands Deputy Minister and three diplomats.
Speaking when he swore in Mr. Mangani, Mr. Banda described Mr. Mangani as loyal and hard working.
Mr. Banda urged Mr. Mangani to remain stable and not to listen to political opponents.
On Mr. Mabenga, President Banda said those opposed to his appointment are free to seek legal redress and described the opposition to Mr. Mabenga as nonsense.
He said he has ready what those opposed to the move have written but said Mr. Mabenga has done nothing wrong.
Mr. Banda expressed confidence that Mr. Mabenga would execute his duties with due diligence.
Others sworn-in were former Local Government and Housing Permanent Secretary Joel Ngo as Zambia’s Ambassador to Brazil, Alexis Luhila as Zambia’s High commissioner to Nigeria and Major Richard Kachingwe as Zambia’s High commissioner to Malawi.
Addressing Zambia’s envoys into the diplomatic service, Mr. Banda urged them to serve and represent Zambia well.
Mr. Banda pointed out that Zambia had a lot to gain from bilateral relations with other countries in the area of trade and other sectors of the economy.