RB sidelines ‘suspect’ Mateyo

President Rupiah Banda has u-turned on his appointment of former inspector general of police Ephraim Mateyo as Zambia’s ambassador designate to Germany.

President Banda has instead appointed former Zambia Venture Capital Fund General Manager Johnston Chizinga as new Zambian Ambassador to Germany.

President Banda had last year appointed Mr Mateyo as Ambassador designate to Germany to replace General Kingsley Chinkuli who was recalled.

Mr Banda has since sworn-in Mr Chizinga as new Zambian ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the federal republic of Germany during a ceremony at State House this morning, where he did not make any mention of Mr Mateyo.

And responding to Journalists after the swearing-in ceremony who wanted to know if Mr Mateyo had been sidelined for the diplomatic job in Germany owing to the ongoing investigations into the purchase of VIP escort vehicles by the Zambia police from a South African traffic equipment and car dealer, Foreign Affairs Minister Kabinga responded by saying that it is the prerogative of the president to appoint anyone to the diplomatic service.
And speaking when he swore-in Mr Chizinga, President Banda warned him that people are watching his moves and therefore he should ensure that he lives to the expectations of both Germans and Zambians.
Mr Banda also stressed that Zambia and Germany enjoy excellent bilateral relations which he should deepen as new ambassador.
Meanwhile president Banda has appointed and sworn in former Zambian High Commissioner to Malawi, Joshua Simuyandi, as Public service commission chairman taking over from Austin Mweemba.
Courtesy of QFM

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