December 24th, 31st holidays canceled

Barely twenty hours after government had announced to the nation that President Michael Sata had declared December 24th and 31st, 2013; national holidays, Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska has told the nation that the declaration had been withdrawn.

In some unprecedented and highly uncoordinated manner of communicating government policy decisions, the Patriotic Front (PF) has through Dr Msiska apologised to the nation for the inconvenience caused as a result of reversing the public holidays.

President Sata had on Thursday declared December 24th and 31st 2013 public holidays but barely 24 hours after it was announced, cabinet office issued another circular that the holidays had been withdrawn.

The two days that were declared holidays fall just before Christmas and New Year and no reasons have been advanced as to why President Sata had decided to reverse his decision to have the two days declared public holidays.

In the new circular, Secretary to the Cabinet Msiska said he had withdrawn yesterday’s statement in which it was announced that President Michael Sata had declared Tuesday, 24 December and December 31, 2013 as public holidays.