President Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, has fired Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Permanent Secretary Major. Francis Kamanga with immediate effect.
The President thanked Maj. Kamanga for the services he rendered to the nation during his tenure of office.
“This is to confirm that, with immediate effect, I have decided to retire you as Permanent Secretary in public interest,” read the excerpt from President Sata’s letter to Maj. Kamanga dated October 1, 2012.
As usual there were no reasons given for Maj. Kamanga’s dismissal but sources at State House have told the Watchdog that the former PS advised the President against the illegal moving of the lucrative Roads Development Agency (RDA) from the Ministry of Works and Supply to State House.
President Sata recently moved RDA operations to his office in move that will see those tendering for lucrative roads projects being determined by State House.
Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and other prominent citizens and civil society organisations have voiced concern over the illegal movement of RDA because it will be difficult to audit it due to the secrecy that goes with the Office of the President.
Maj. Kamanga joins the long list of senior civil servants that have been hired, re-aligned or fired with immediate effect.