Be loyal, Lungu tells new Information minister


PRESIDENT Lungu has urged new Minister of Information Kampamba Mulenga to remain loyal, committed to duty and disciplined if she is to succeed in her new portfolio, saying Government will always be there to support her.

Speaking when he swore in Ms. Mulenga and Northern Province Commissioner of Police Richard Mweene yesterday, President Lungu said the minister needed to prove her critics wrong by discharging her duties well and by working hard.

He challenged Ms. Mulenga not to let him down because he believed his choice was hinged on reducing the gender parity by including more women in decision-making positions.

“I think my choice is deliberate and well-thought through. For you, somebody was saying you are too young; he was saying you are inheriting the big shoes of Mr. Chishimba Kambwili but I said she will be equal to the task and will not let me down. You are improving on the gender parity and so please don’t let me down by getting the sack so quickly by failing to do the job.

“The Vice President is there to help; Cabinet is there to help. I can only ask of your loyalty, commitment to duty and discipline. That is the secret and the rest will be added unto you. We have come from far in the political party but don’t worry, ups and downs are always there,’’ Lungu said.

Meanwhile, President Lungu has challenged Mr. Mweene to remain non-partisan if he wanted to succeed by concentrating on protecting people’s lives and property and upholding the Constitution.

He said meddling in politics would attract resentment not only from members of the opposition political parties, but also from those from the ruling party and urged Mr. Mweene to be above board in his discharge of duty.

“For the Commissioner of Police, welcome to the club. Your job is not politics, your job is to be a professional. Let me underscore this; policemen are not supposed to indulge in politics. Your calling is to protect the Zambian people, property and maintain law and order, period,” he said.

And speaking after being sworn in, Ms. Mulenga said she will employ an open-door policy and consult widely in her quest to improve the media industry in Zambia.

“I want to thank the President for appointing me minister. I want to assure members of the public that mine is an open door policy and my duty is to improve where my predecessor left and of course I will consult widely so that we can bring the media fraternity up to date,” Ms. Mulenga said.