President Edgar Lungu says he has received reports of some diplomats that are under performing in foreign missions.
The Head of State however says he will not replace them immediately but will do so gradually because recalling diplomats is costly.
The President was speaking on Friday when he swore in a High Commissioner to Malaysia Walubita Imakando, Zambia’s Ambassador to China Winnie Chibesakunda and Chief Analysts Projects monitoring and Implementation Joseph Mukupa.
President Lungu added that he took time to find the two diplomats because of their qualities.
Mr. Lungu has told Mr. Imakando that he is proud of his credentials hence he should work hard to ensure that he does not embarrass him.
The President added that Malaysia is a fast growing country with Information Communication Technology having played a huge role.
He has further told Mrs. Chibesakunda that he is confident of her fitting into the scramble for China among diplomats because of her previous role of being Director of Asia.
Meanwhile, Mr. Lungu has observed that Zambia has been losing a lot of money owing to lack of effective monitoring of projects.
He says many Zambians have the tendency of not being interested in projects until at the last minute.
Mr. Lungu has since advised the newly sworn in Chief Analysts Projects Monitoring and Implementation Mr. Mukupa to emulate Mr. Lucky Mulusa’s hard work and ensure that the two form a formidable team to ensure that projects are implemented on time.
And Mr. Imakando has told ZNBC News that he will ensure that he focuses on learning from Malaysia’s success story of value addition and not going to beg for aid.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Chibesakunda says China is not a new trade partner for Zambia hence she will work hard in line with the President’s call.