Zambia Development Agency Director General Perry Mapani has been fired.
Though the reason Mapani was fired are suspicious, workers spoken to are happy. Mr. Mapani was dismissed yesterday through a letter signed by Commerce Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame. Mr. Mapani has been fired on grounds of incompetence. Meanwhile, workers spoken to said though the reasons may be vague, they are happy that Mr. Mapani has been fired. The workers state that Mr. Mapani was a womaniser and favoured women at the agency.
” This man was tasked to reform the agency but he was busy only retrenching men. No woman was retrenched. Then he was also tasked to reduce the number of directors at ZDA but he again never did that, ” an employee said.
ZDA is one of the Moribund government institutions under the Ministry of Commerce that serves no purpose. The other one is the Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission that just distributes money to politicians without recovering the money. Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe and the family of Higher Education Minister Nkandu Luo have been cited several times in the Auditor General reports as some of the people who owe government huge sums of money through unpaid loans. Before joining ZDA Mr. Mapani worked as Chief Executive Officer for AfriAgri.