Republic of Zambia Statement by His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu President of the Republic of Zambia during the Swearing in Ceremony of the Auditor General Dr. Dick Chellah Sichembe and Deputy Auditor General-Corporate Services Mrs. Sarah Ross on Friday, 17th January, 2020 State House Lusaka
Republic of Zambia by Statement His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu President of the Republic of Zambia during the Swearing in Ceremony of the Auditor General Dr. Dick Chellah Sichembe and Deputy Auditor General-Corporate Services Mrs. Sarah Ross on Friday, 17th January, 2020 State House Lusaka
- Dr. Dick Chellah Sichembe;
I wish to congratulate you on your appointment as auditor general for the republic of Zambia. This appointment is in line with the provisions of the constitution of Zambia, hence the requirement for ratification by parliament.
Your ratification is, therefore, a confirmation of the confidence that the people of Zambia have in you to take charge of the office of the Auditor General.
Your curriculum vitae is very impressive. I am pleased to also note that your loyalty to the government is admirable, and should be emulated by other public servants who aspire to rise to high positions in government, such as the one you have been appointed to.
https://www.facebook.com/SmartEaglesZambia/videos/176634120088102/ You are a seasoned public servant having dedicated over 20 years of your career in accounting, finance and auditing of public sector institutions.
You have worked in various positions in the government rising through the ranks to the position of Accountant General, a position which you held until this appointment.
I have no doubt, therefore, that, the enormous experience you have acquired in the accounting profession will bring a new dimension to the management of public resources.
Let me emphasize one key issue which I talked about when i swore-in the deputy auditor general recently, that is, the issue of unending audit queries.
There seems to be no end to the misappropriation and misapplication of public resources. As a matter of urgency, I expect your team to ensure prudent use of public resources.
You must ensure that resources are applied for the purpose for which they were appropriated or raised.
As government, we cannot allow the wastage of resources especially, in the midst of austerity measures. Your office is, therefore, key to the realisation of these measures.
Mrs. Sarah Ross;
Deputy Auditor General-Corporate Services:
Congratulations on this deserved appointment.
You are a seasoned accountant, economist and business administrator, having worked in both the private and public sector for 36 years.
Your experience dates back to the time you worked for Barclays Bank, and thereafter, you moved to Meridien Biao Bank where you rose from being a clerk to the level of manager, banking operations. After leaving Meridien Bank you served in several other institutions until you joined the Office of the Auditor General in 2005, the institution you have served to date.
During the 15 years with the Auditor General’s office you have served diligently having risen from the position of senior auditor, forensic and investigation to the position of director, planning and information until your new appointment as Deputy Auditor General, Corporate Services.
I am confident that with your wealth of experience in auditing public institutions, you will give invaluable support to the auditor general in the execution of his mandate and your appointment should be an inspiration to the womefolk.
I expect all of you to work as a team, and not to be pulling in different directions in the institution’s quest to bring sanity to the utilisation of public resources.
Once again, congratulations to you two on your deserved appointments. May God Bless and Guide You as you take up your new positions. I thank you. – Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu President Republic of Zambia