MUTATI FIRED

… kafwaya takes over as Min­is­ter of Works and Sup­ply

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­NIE ZULU

The move is nec­es­sary, so I will leave it to spec­u­la­tors to spec­u­late as to why I have made this de­ci­sion. It is my dis­cre­tion to ap­point and dis­ap­point, Cab­i­net is my team and I am the trainer and coach. I have the au­thor­ity to choose who to re­place and at what time — Pres­i­dent Lungu

PRES­I­DENT Edgar Lungu has re­voked the ap­point­ment of Fe­lix Mutati as Min­is­ter of Works and Sup­ply and with­drawn his nom­i­na­tion as Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. The Pres­i­dent has re­placed Mr Mutati with Lunte Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Mu­totwe Kafwaya. He said that there was no need for spec­u­la­tion on the re­vo­ca­tion of Mr Mutati’s ap­point­ment be­cause he had the dis­cre­tion to fire and hire. Mr Lungu was speak­ing af­ter he had sworn in Mr Kafwaya as the new Works and Sup­ply Min­is­ter at State House yes­ter­day. "The move is nec­es­sary, so I will leave it to spec­u­la­tors to spec­u­late as to why I have made this de­ci­sion. It is my dis­cre­tion to ap­point and dis­ap­point, Cab­i­net is my team and I am the trainer and couch. I have the au­thor­ity to choose who to re­place and at what time," Pres­i­dent Lungu said. He en­cour­aged Mr Kafwaya to work hard and prove him­self. "I con­grat­u­late you as new Min­is­ter for Works and Sup­ply, I en­cour­age you to work hard. Time will tell and un­for­tu­nately time waits for no one, so you have to prove your­self," he said. And speak­ing to jour­nal­ists shortly af­ter be­ing sworn in, Mr Kafwaya said his fo­cus would be to en­sure that bal­lot pa­pers were printed lo­cally as he takes up his new man­date. He said he would fo­cus on con­tin­u­ous as­sess­ment of al­ready ex­ist­ing gov­ern­ment in­fra­struc­ture. He said he was grate­ful to Pres­i­dent Lungu on the ap­point­ment and promised not to dis­ap­point him. "This is a chance that I take very se­ri­ously, it in­volves sup­port­ing not only the Zam­bian peo­ple but also the Pres­i­dent, so I will do my best," Mr Kafwaya said. The Pres­i­dent would in due course nom­i­nate an­other per­son to Par­lia­ment as MP to re­place Mr Mutati.

Mr Mutati.

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