LUSAKA (Reuters) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has dismissed Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya with immediate effect, the president’s office said on Sunday, without giving a reason for the move.
Once seen as a potential presidential replacement for Lungu, Chilufya’s political ambitions have faded amid growing calls for his dismissal from opposition parties and health workers.
“The President has thanked Dr Chilufya for the services rendered to government and wished him well in his future endeavors,” the office said in a statement.
Chilufya, health minister since his appointment in 2016, was not immediately available for comment.
Details From State House facebook post –
Fellow Citizens,I have terminated the appointment of Hon. Dr Chitalu Chilufya as Minister of Health with immediate effect.To this effect, I have transferred Hon Dr. Jonas Kamima Chanda, MP Bwana Mkubwa, to the Ministry of Health from Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection with immediate effect.Meanwhile I have appointed nominated Member of Parliament, Hon Raphael Nakachinda as Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection.I have since thanked Dr Chilufya for the services rendered to Government and I have wished him well in his future endeavours.