Miles Sampa replaced

President Lungu receives an affidavit of Oath from newly appointed Commerce deputy minister Raymond Mpundu during the swearing-in-ceremony at State House on Tuesday, November 10,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

President Edgar Lungu has sworn in Nchelenge Member of Parliament (MP) Raymond Mpundu as Deputy Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry.

Mr. Mpundu has replaced Matero MP Miles Sampa who recently resigned from his portfolio as Deputy Minister.

President Lungu said he did not struggle to appoint Mr. Mpundu to succeed Mr. Sampa because the latter has rich professional credentials worth recognizing.

He has since directed the new Deputy Minister of Commerce to revamp the department of cooperatives which has now been attached to the Ministry of Commerce from the Ministry of Agriculture.

The President said the Ministry of Commerce should utilise the cooperatives to create more jobs for the citizens in the area of agriculture.

Mr. Lungu pointed out that the cooperative movement has potential to create employment for Zambians hence he transferred it to the Ministry of Commerce so that it can be utilised in that manner.

And speaking to journalists shortly after being sworn in, Mr. Mpundu thanked President Lungu for entrusting him with a responsibility in the Ministry of Commerce which is an economic backbone of the country.

He expressed happiness to be part of the team that will provide solutions to the economic challenges the country is currently facing.

Mr. Mpundu has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a professional Banker with huge experience in cooperatives after serving as Managing Director of Zambia Cooperatives Federation (ZCF).