President Michael Sata has with immediate effect sacked Foreign Affairs Minister Effron Lungu.
President Sata has since moved Minister of Lands Wilbur Simuusa to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Minister while the Ministry of Lands has remained vacant.
President Sata has also sworn in former Road Development Agency chief executive officer Bernard Chiwala as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Communications, Works and Supply and has instructed Mr Chiwala to ensure that the Link 8,000 road project is fully implemented.
Last month, President Michael Sata publicly rebuked Mr Lungu for writing him a letter and copying it to Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Margaret Miyoba.
The President said he had served in various governments before and has never seen a minister writing a letter to the President and copying it to other people such as Permanent Secretaries or any other person.
“The letter that you wrote to me and copied to other people, I shredded it because I do not expect you to copy a letter that is coming to me,” President Sata said.
Dr. Lungu was sworn in as Foreign Affairs minister in February this year following the dismissal of Kabwata Member of Parliament (MP) Given Lubinda.
Mr Lubinda was fired after being accused and charged with treachery and disloyalty to the PF party.