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Lungu warns new ambassadors against laziness

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu has made four new appointments to the foreign service and challenged the appointees to justify their postings by delivering efficiently.
Those appointed are former Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba as ambassador-designate to Malaysia; former deputy Inspector-General of police Solomon Jere as high commissioner-Designate to Nigeria and former commissioner of police Brenda Muntemba-Sichilemba as high commissioner-designate to Kenya; and Ministry of Foreign Affairs chief of state protocol Humphrey Chibanda as ambassador-designate to France.
Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda said this in a statement in Lusaka yesterday.
Mr Chanda said the appointments will take effect upon receiving respective countries’ “acceptance of the nominees” credentials.
President Lungu has said: “I expect very high performance from all those serving in the foreign service and will not tolerate misconduct and laziness from anyone. We are in hurry to deliver.”
He said he is in a hurry to reposition Zambia in international affairs and he expects robust performance from all Zambian envoys serving abroad.
Meanwhile, President Lungu yesterday delegated his authority to Vice-President Inonge Wina to discharge functions of the Office of President while he was in Zimbabwe.
The delegation of power is pursuant to Article 39 of the Constitution of Zambia.
Mr Chanda said the President left for Harare yesterday for a day’s trip to pay a courtesy call on Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairperson Robert Mugabe.
He said Mr Lungu will return home to proceed with his retreat in Mfuwe.

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