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Don’t allow detractors to derail you- President Lungu

Don’t allow detractors to derail you- President Lungu

October 06
14:09 2017

Anthony Mukwita as Ambassador to Germany with President Edgar Chagwa Lungu Picture by Salim Henry

President Lungu says he does not want a paralysis in the system because what is being said outside by detractors.

He has advised government officials not to be scared so long they are following regulations to deliver to the masses.

Speaking during a swearing in ceremony at State House yesterday, President Lungu said those found wanting will be dealt with by the Anti-Corruption Commission -ACC-.

He however, said he does not expect his officials to be intimidated by some outbursts of corruption.

The Head of State said he cannot take unsubstantiated allegations because all the relevant institutions are available.
And President Lungu expressed disappointment with the ACC who had requested to investigate one of his Ministers yet they are delaying to update him.

President Lungu said he will not direct ACC to arrest anyone for corruption but should make their own decisions.

He added that some senior government officials have also been telling him to fire some people on suspicion of corruption in light of the 42-million-dollar fire tenders but that he will not do so because corruption can only be fought with evidence.

President LUNGU swore in former Deputy Army Commander Major General Topley Lubaya as Zambia’s Ambassador to Egypt, former Minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula as Ambassador to the United States of America, Anthony Mukwita as Ambassador to Germany and Elfred H Kansembe as Ambassador to Brazil.

Others are Dr. Simon Miti as Principal Private Secretary to the President, Former Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit National Coordinator Patrick Kangwa as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Administration, Mabvuto Sakala Permanent Secretary Higher Education and Yande Mwape as DMMU National Coordinator. 

President Lungu with Patrick Kangwa and Dr. Simon Miti

The Head of State encouraged the newly sworn in officers to deliver to his expectations and the masses because he has a lot of confidence in them.

And Mr. Mukwita has promised to enhance economic diplomacy which is Zambia’s new strategy to bring in investments and skills. ZNBC


Remarks by  His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu President of the Republic of Zambia at the Swearing-in Ceremony of Senior Civil Servants  at State House on Thursday, 5th October, 2017

  • Dr Simon Miti and Mr Patrick Kangwa:

You two have been sworn-in to serve me and the Government of the Republic of Zambia at a very senior level of deputy secretary to the cabinet.

I therefore expect you to lead by example by injecting more energy into the civil service both here at state house for you Dr. Miti and Cabinet Office for you Mr. Kangwa. There is no better way of motivating staff than to promote some from within the rank and file of the civil service which is what i have done, so don’t let me down and those who look up to you as model civil servants.


The two of you working closely with Deputy Secretary-Financial and Economic Development (FED) and Secretary to the cabinet must do more to make the presidential secretariat more organised and more efficient.

  • Mabvuto Sakala; Ms Yande Mwape:

As Permanent Secretaries, you are senior civil servants tasked with the onerous role of providing policy direction, controlling functions to your respective ministries.

So, what i have said about your seniors here applies to you.


You must therefore work hard to succeed in your current roles and look forward to promotion as well. That is how we can create the much needed institutional memory necessary for a well coordinated and efficient civil service.

  • Your excellencies: Dr Ngosa Simbyakula, Ms Kansembe-Mwamba, Mr Anthony Mukwita and General Lubaya:

Your postings to various missions is a manifestation of my trust and confidence i have in you and through me, the zambian people at large. You are going out there to represent the best of Zambia, at least that is what the receiving states perceive those we entrust with such role at the very senior diplomatic level of ambassador. You are all well exposed people, well aware of the political dynamics of our country. I therefore expect you to understand how best to advance Zambia’s interests- the very complex geo-political global environment.


  • Conclusion

Let me conclude by stressing to all of you and through you to the entire PF administration:

-culture of bullying tactics has emerged where people who oppose us have made it a habit to try and attract us distract us from our manifesto promises by senselessly throwing unjustified allegations against ministers, senior civil servants and even against the president in the hope that they can paralyse us into inaction.

-they want us to fail to make decisions so that come 2021 they tell our people that we have failed. I am not ready for that. Do you work diligently; follow all laid down procedures and due processes so that you do not give these noise makers a chance to distract you. I want to assure you of my full support in that regard.

So whenever falsehoods are peddled to the public both home and abroad of the true position so that we are not unduly disadvantaged by those who have waged a malicious campaign to defame others and undermine the intergrity of the state.

Good luck and god bless you all.



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