Sata quietly re-aligns PS at Cabinet Office over poor travel arrangement

Sata quietly re-aligns PS at Cabinet Office over poor travel arrangement

President Michael Sata has quietly re-aligned his relative Permanent Secretary (PS) in charge of administration at Cabinet office to another ministry after she failed to facilitate executive travel arrangement to Brazil.

Sources have told the Zambian Watchdog that Annie Sinyangwe, who ideally should have been fired, will be re-deployed elsewhere because of family relationship.

Ms Sinyangwe was at the centre of the chaotic travel arrangement for President Sata’s trip to Brazil.

Last week, the Watchdog revealed that, angry at being flown economy class to Brazil, Sata now wants an executive travel unit established at Cabinet office.

During the late president Frederick Chiluba’s era, similar problems occurred and that’s what led to the establishment of a company called Executive Air-Charters managed by the Office of the President Special Branch.

This is the same company that acquired the now famous presidential Challenger.

Former Director General of Special Division, Xavier Chungu and Former Ministry of Finance PS, Stella Chibanda sat on the board.

Ms Chibanda is currently facing prosecution in the courts of law over the same.

Late president Levy Mwanawasa stopped this arrangement when Mutembo Nchito now Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) was lead prosecutor for the Task Force on corruption.

Currently PS for Home Affairs Max Nkole was Chairman for the Task Force on Corruption whilst the current Attorney General Mumba Malila was in the current position.

In an interview with PF controlled Post newspaper, outgoing permanent secretary at Cabinet office in charge of administration, Annie Sinyangwe, said although the agency was yet to be launched, it had been operational for some time and was accredited to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and also had a travel agency certificate.

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