PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has fired Ministry of Justice permanent secretary Joseph Akafumba and his higher education counterpart Dr Patrick Nkanza.
According to President Lungu’s letter to Akafumba dated January 22, the president had decided not to renew his contract and that his employment had since been terminated.
“Be advised that your contract of employment as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Justice came to an end on 2nd October, 2015 and renewal of the same has unfortunately not been approved,” President Lungu stated.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the services you have rendered to the government and the people of the Republic of Zambia. I wish you God’s blessings in your endeavours.”
In his letter to Dr Nkanza, also dated January 22, President Lungu stated that he did not renew the former’s contract.
Meanwhile, President Lungu yesterday swore in Owen Mugemezulu as Ministry of Higher Education permanent secretary, taking over from Dr Nkanza.
The Head of State also appointed Ephraim Maluba Mateyo as North-Western Province permanent secretary, taking over from Amos Malupenga who has been moved to the Ministry of Local Government in the same capacity.
President Lungu has also swapped, local government deputy minister Danny Ching’imbu with North-Western Province deputy minister Dawson Kafwaya.
And State House security yesterday stopped Post reporters from covering the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed permanent secretaries.
This reporter, in the company of photojournalist David Kashiki, arrived at State House around 14:40 hours for the assignment which was scheduled for 15:00 hours, but the security officers, after taking instructions on the phone, sent the reporters back.
One of the female officers asked the reporters to go through the screening and security check in order to be allowed in, but a male officer said the reporters’ names were not on the list.
After taking instructions on the phone, the officers said Post reporters had not been included on the list and as such could not be allowed to cover the assignment.
Photo Credit – Thomas Nsama