Sata moves labour department to information ministry, tourism to foreign affairs

President Michael Sata  has re-arranged  three Government ministries in what he called curbing statements by ministers that alarm the nation and investors.

President Sata has directed that the portifolio of Tourism be transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and that  the Labour portifolio be transferred from Youth and Sport to Ministry of Information He said it will now be known as Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Labour.

President Sata has directed the acting Secretary to the Cabinet Evans Chibiliti to proceed with all the necessary procedures and immediately imeplement the changes.

He noted that as a Government, they have to be level-headed and not be seen to be inciting the public.

Mr Sata says he expects ministers to discourage strikes and lock-outs.

He says strikes or industrial unrests have a very negative effect on a fragile economy Zambia’s and that the same applies to lock-outs.

President Sata added that if not careful, some of the alarming statements will even destroy the little that have or the little strides government has made economically so far.

He says it is a known fact that there are numerous short-comings in almost all sectors but that there is need not to address these shortcomings through threats and being loud-mouthed.

President Sata says Zambians expect the Government to handle the problems facing the country with sobriety.

He states that he is alive to the fact that most of his ministers have no experience in the portifolios they are holding.

Sata said he therefore strongly feels it is his duty to protect the image of the party, the Government, the people of Zambia and the economy in general.

He recalls that in his statement of 30th January, 2012, he enjoined and cautioned ministers not to make statements that did not reflect Government policy or which had not been referred to and cleared by Cabinet.

President Sata says statements on the economy made by ministers that are not the competent channels for the issues they raise are damaging to the country’s credibility.

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