President Edgar Lungu has finally constituted his full Cabinet, with two MMD Members of Parliament roped in.
The two are Mwandi MP Micheal Kaingu who has been appointed Education Minister and his Chipangali counterpart Vincent Mwale who is Youth and Sport Minister.
Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda has bounced back to Cabinet as Agriculture and Livestock Minister, with PF Zambezi West Member of Parliament Christabel Ngimbu is the new Minister of Lands, natural resources and environmental protection, with Chishimba Kambwili bouncing back as Information and Broadcasting Services Minister.
Others who have bounced back to Cabinet are Christopher Yaluma as Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister, Yamfwa Mukanga as Works, Supply, Transport and Communication Minister, Emerine Kabanshi as Community development, mother and child health Minister, Dr John Phiri is Local Government and housing Minister, Fackson Shamenda is Labour Minister and Professor Nkandu Luo is now Gender Minister.
The notable people missing from the new Cabinet are Wilbur Simuusa,Emmanuel Chenda,Mwansa Kapeya and Bob Sichinga.
President Lungu who has since sworn-in the remaining Cabinet Ministers apart from Professor Luo said he would find a substitute if she refuses the appointment.
Speaking during the swearing in ceremony at State House this morning, Mr Lungu who has also held on to the position of Defence Minister says he will demand excellence from all his Cabinet colleagues, stating that he wants to run a disciplined government.
President Lungu says the PF is in a hurry to develop the country.
He explained that he has had to blend the young and the old because that is what the PF is all about.
President Lungu has urged the Ministers to pay serious attention to parliamentary work in their execution of duties by ensuring they go to Parliament well researched as they go to answer questions.
Mr Lungu has also sworn in provincial Ministers appointed recently.
And President Lungu says he will tomorrow leave for Angola where he has been invited by that country’s President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos to address a special session of Parliament and the official opening of a road linking Angola to Zambia.
Mr Lungu says in his absence Vice President Inonge Wina will act as President.