President Lungu appoints Mwamba as Ambassador to Malaysia


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.