President Edgar Lungu has made four appointments to the Foreign Service and challenged the appointees to justify their postings by delivering efficiently.
The appointments take effect upon the receiving countries’ acceptance of the nominee’s credentials.
This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today by President Lungu’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda.
According to the statement Humphrey Chibanda, former Chief of State Protocol at Ministry of foreign Affairs has been appointed as Ambassador –designate to France.
The President has also appointed Emmanuel Mwamba as Ambassador –designate to Malaysia and former Deputy Inspector General of Police Solomon Jere as High Commissioner designate to Nigeria.
Former Police Commissioner Brenda Muntemba –Sichilemba has been appointed as High Commissioner –designate to Kenya.
The President emphasized that he was in a hurry to reposition Zambia in international affairs and therefore expects robust performance from all Zambian envoys serving abroad .
“I expect very high performance from those serving in the Foreign Service and will not tolerate misconduct and laziness from anyone .We are in a hurry to deliver”, said Mr Lungu.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has delegated his authority to Vice President Inonge Wina to discharge functions of the office of the president from 6th February 2015 till his return from Zimbabwe .
Mr Lungu said the delegation of power is pursuant to Article 39 of the Constitution of Zambia.
The Head of State left for Harare for a one day official visit to Zimbabwe and will hold talks with President Robert Mugabe, who is SADC and African Union Chairperson.
On his return, President Lungu is expected to continue with his retreat to conclude the formation of his Cabinet.