PRESIDENT Michael Sata has appointed former Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr Simon Miti as Zambia’s Ambassador to Switzerland, according to the Post newspaper.
And President Sata has appointed MMD’s Japhen Mwakalombe, who quit his Chongwe parliamentary seat a few days after his election, as High commissioner to Mozambique, UPND former Vice president Francis Simenda as Ambassador to Sweden, among other diplomatic postings.
Sources revealed that Dr Miti would replace Darlington Mwape, the former legal advisor to late president Mwanawasa, as Ambassador to Switzerland, Permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and United Nations agencies headquatered in that country.
Former lands minister, Judith Kapijimpanga will be High commissioner to Tanzania and there are many more unpleasant diplomatic appointments Sata has made.
Dr Miti was put on forced leave in 2009 during the investigation into the K27 Billion corruption scam in the ministry of Health under his watch.
Sweden and the Netherlands froze their aid to the Ministry of Health over embezzlement of the funds.
He denied knowing ministry of health former human resource manager Henry Kapoko, who is appearing in court over the same matter.
Soon after President Sata’s election in September, Dr Miti was seen at state house.
Several politicians have been frequenting State House-which others refer to as ‘the labor office’-seeking employment and President Sata once mockingly told them that ‘you all look like you are looking for jobs’.
President Sata, who has publicly and repeatedly proclaimed that ‘I am allergic to corruption’, late last month appointed forgery-convict and corruption suspect Xavier Chungu as his Luapula Province Permanent Secretary but rescinded his decision after being exposed before Chungu could be sworn in.