State House defends appointments

President Sata has described as primitive and retrogressive criticism of the appointment of Mumbi Phiri and Miriam Mulenga as ambassadors to Turkey and Kenya respectively.

According to online media Ms Mulenga was a sister to his wife Dr Christine Kaseba, a nurse by profession. The media reported that Miriam was married to late Mr Mulenga and currently she is married to a Briton known as Whitleton and has also a British citizenship.

And as for Phiri she is a sister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkandu Luo.

President Sata explained that all appointments were based on merit and the consideration of an individual’s capacity to contribute to the country’s development agenda takes priority.

“As Head of State, I am cognisant of my limitations and prerogatives. Hence whatever I do is within the prescribed guidelines and procedures as espoused in our laws. Therefore, I find theseinnuendos and malicious claims primitive and retrogressive to the country’s progress,” President Sata said.

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