Sata castigates Cabinet office for ‘leaking’ information to media

President Michael Sata has castigated Cabinet Office for leaking information to the media concerning appointments.

Speaking at state house when he swore in Western Province Permanent Secretary (PS) Augustine Seyuba and Northern Province PS Emmanuel Mwamba, Sata said was disappointed that cabinet office had given the media information that he has appointed former intelligence chief Xavier Chungu. Sata also swore n Edwin Zumbuma as PS for Central province.

Emmanuel Mwamba is the former spokesperson of late pressident Fredrick Chiluba.

Augustine Seyuba was the head of the MMD media campaign team in the September 20, 2011 elections. He was working with Emmanuel Nyirenda and Henry Banda.

President Sata wondered why the post newspaper availed information of appointments to the public when the individuals chosen were only sworn in on Tuesday morning.

President Sata appealed to the new PS and other government officials to ensure they safeguard the nature of their work by not disclosing information to anyone including their spouses

Sata also warned that he will not tolerate peddling of false information in future as such will result in the culprits losing their jobs.

But State house sources say the information to the media was not leaked by Cabinet office but senior State House staff.

The Watchdog understands that the swearing-in ceremony was scheduled for 10 hours but the angry Sata went to the venue at nine hours and started throwing tantrums.

He said most officials from cabinet office were not present at the function because they were guilty of leaking information.

But the Watchdog is reliably informed that the programme was supposed to start at 10 hours and that the person who leaked information is a senior official at State House.

 

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