Despite intense lobbying for the government Cabinet position by Kabwata MP Given Lubinda, ailing dictator Michael Sata has completely ignored him again and opted for his tribesmen Mwansa Kapeya, formerly comedian for ifyabukaya programme, as the new Information and Broadcasting Minister to replace late Kennedy Sakeni who was only buried on Tuesday.
Mwansa Kapeya is also MP for Sata’s village in Mpika and his appointment was also widely expected.
Mr. Sata has also appointed another of his kinsmen, Harry Kalaba as new Lands Minister, replacing Wilber Simuusa who was moved to Foreign Affairs where Sata sacked Effron Lungu.
With these appointments, there are now vacancies at deputy ministerial level mainly reserved for defecting opposition MPs who betray their parties, or knowing the desperate situation Mr. Lubinda is in, he could be considered as deputy minister somewhere.
Below is the statement from Sata’s voice mail, George Chellah, confirming the new tribal appointments.
THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
For Immediate Release
PRESIDENT SATA APPOINTS NEW MINISTERS
LUSAKA, Thursday, September 12, 2013 – His Excellency Mr Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, has with immediate effect appointed Hon. Mwansa Kapeya and Hon. Harry Kalaba as Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services and Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection respectively.
Hon. Kapeya replaces the late Hon. Kennedy Sakeni [MHSRIP], who died on Thursday, September 5, 2013 and Hon. Kalaba replaces Hon. Wylbur Simusa, who has been transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the same capacity.
President Sata says he is confident that with their vast knowledge and proficiency, the duo will perform to his expectations and that of the Zambian people.
He wished the newly appointed ministers success and God’s blessing as they serve in their assignments.
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS