PRESIDENT Michael Sata has warned that police will firmly deal with elements being used by some disgruntled politicians to protest against the decision to realign districts in Southern Province.
The President wondered why the realignment of Chirundu and Itezhi Tezhi has been politicised when similar actions had been made in the past.
Speaking at State House yesterday when he swore-in some Government officials and newly-appointed diplomats to Zambian missions abroad, Mr Sata said law enforcement officers would be “equal to the task” should anyone attempt to cause confusion.
Mr Sata swore-in Charles Banda as Eastern Province Minister, Joseph Lungu as Deputy Minister of Defence, Paul Siame as Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Development Affairs, Stella Libongani as Inspector General of Police and Peter Chingaipe as her deputy.
Others sworn-in were Alexander Museba as Deputy Director-General of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Fanwell Siandenge as Western Province Commissioner of Police.
Former Home Affairs permanent secretary Ndioyi Mutiti was sworn-in as Zambia’s High Commissioner to Zimbabwe, while Japhen Mwakalombwe is the new ambassador to Mozambique.
Mary Zambezi goes to Kenya.
Former MMD chairperson for legal affairs Bwalya Chiti will represent Zambia as the new Ambassador to Germany, Encyla Tina Sinjele was sworn-in as Ambassador and permanent representative to Switzerland, while Gerald Nyirenda has been sent to China.
“Under the colonial era there were two Rhodesias (Northern and Southern) and the Europeans then never consulted when they decided to merge the two,” he said.
He explained that Northern Province was first split to create Luapula Province and still no chiefs rose against the idea.
President Sata noted that before the Patriotic Front (PF) Government came into office, it promised to create Muchinga Province.
President Sata cautioned the new appointees to serve with diligence in their new portfolios locally and abroad.
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