Saturday, December 13, 2008

RB names AKA Lewanika as Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs

Lusaka Times, 12/12/2008

President Rupiah Banda has asked newly appointed government officials to ensure that they work hard and contribute to addressing the challenges of global financial melt down Zambia was currently facing.

Mr. Banda said this at State House today when he swore in Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs, Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika and Permanent Secretary in charge of Administration in the Office of the Vice President, Davies Sampa.

President Banda described Mr. Lewanika as one with a better understanding of national, regional and African politics.

He urged Mr. Lewanika, who is also one of the founding members of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), to work hard and help strengthen the party and the government.

And speaking to journalist after swearing in, Mr. Lewanika said his appointment was a privilege for him to contribute to government and serve the country.

He has since pledged to do his best by ensuring that President Banda succeeds in serving the nation.

Others sworn in are Permanent Secretary in charge of Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Justice, Anne Sitali and Chief Analyst for Press and Public Relations at State House, Dickson Jere.

President Banda urged Mr. Jere to clarify issues and challenges currently affecting the country in the wake of the global financial crisis and plummeting copper prices.

Mr. Banda expressed confidence that Mr. Jere will work efficiently in discharging his duties of explaining to the citizens of Zambia, the critical time the nation is going through.

He said Mr. Jere should explain to Zambians the reality of reduced copper prices because the resource was a key to the economy of the country.

To Mr. Sampa, President Banda said the former should use his long experience in the civil service to assist the Vice President, who is also Minister of Justice, to discharge his duties efficiently.

Mr. Banda described Mr. Sampa, who is his former senior private secretary when he was the vice president, as a loyal civil servant to the government and urged him to continue working hard in his new office.

And President Banda said he had no doubt that the newly appointed Ministry of Justice Permanent Secretary for Legal Affairs, Anne Sitali, will utilize her professionalism and knowledge of legal matters to efficiently discharge her duties.

Meanwhile newly appointed Chief Analyst for Press and Public Relations, Dickson Jere, pledged to develop cordial relations with the media in the country with the aim of informing the nation efficiently.

Mr. Jere, who described his appointment as a challenge, said he will endeavor to address the challenges pointed out by President Banda.