President Lungu clarifies splitting of Ministries

President Lungu at state house
President Lungu at state house

President Edgar Lungu has clarified that the splitting of some government ministries is intended to enhance efficiency in the delivery of services.


Speaking in an interview, shortly before departure to Lusaka at Mfuwe International airport, President Lungu said the move is not intended to create employment for those who supported him during the January 20 Presidential by-election but to improve the delivery of services in government ministries.


Mr Lungu stated that he sees nothing wrong with creation of jobs if it is intended to enhance operations of the ministries.


He observed that the combination of energy and mining has not gone well saying it is debatable.


President Lungu said that he would consult over his idea to split the ministries and forward his proposal to Cabinet for deliberations.


And when asked about some critics who allege that former President Rupiah Banda is the one calling the shots in the governance of Zambia, President Lungu said he made it clear that he would consult on issues of governance and noted that he is consulting the former head of state as well as first republican President Kenneth Kaunda.


He stated that Zambia is lucky because it has two former heads of state still alive and can provide consultancy to the current government.


Mr Lungu said that Mr Banda and Dr. Kaunda are free to give counsel and that he remains free to consult when need arises.

On growing concerns that the fall in fuel prices has not helped reduce the commodities of prices, President Lungu said people should be patient as the effects of the reduction in the commodity would soon be seen.


He noted that though there are some sectors that are resistant to the move, the reduction of the fuel prices is well intended.


And speaking earlier, when he addressed resident of Mambwe district, President Lungu re-echoed his calls for the indigenous people to participate in the tourism sector.


Mr Lungu said there is need to ensure that locals derive maximum benefits from the wildlife reserves in the South Luangwa National Park.


President Lungu said local people should not engage in poaching but should co-exist even with investors in the tourism sector.


The Head of State was accompanied by his wife Esther, Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula, PF Secretary General Davies Chama among others.


Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chileshe  Mulenga, Assistant Secretary Beenzu Chikuba, PF Provincial Chairperson Attany Mwamba and several other government and party officials were among the people who saw the President off at the airport.