President Michael Sata has secretly re-aligned Local Government and Housing Minister, Prof. Nkandu Luo, by demoting her to the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs to take over from Emily Kabanshi who has been
promoted by re-aligning her to the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.
The secret changes, coming barely a few days after some ministries were abolished and new ones created, are with immediate effect.
It is not clear why the president has demoted Pro. Luo, but sources say it is because of Luo’s uncompromising stand in wanting to remove the street vendors that has angered State House who are opposed to moves to clean the streets.
Ms. Kabanshi is barely three months at the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs as she was recently re-aligned from Ministry of Gender that had been abolished and later created, in what has become Sata’s tradition of abolishing and re-creating.
In terms of Ministerial portfolios and ranking, Prof. Luo’s appointment in the new ministry is a demotion.
Luo’s new Ministry does not even have national structures, in Districts, just like the Gender Ministry headed by Inonge Wina. They both fall under Cabinet Office and have no directorates.
It is not the first time the president has quietly shuffled his people. Recently, Dr. Kaunda’s son Panji was demoted from the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications.