One month into Presidency
One month into his presidency and Michael Sata is continuing his purge of appointees of the previous government.
Recently he has replaced the commanders of the Zambian army, air force and police service. He has also sacked 13 Brigadier Generals and 15 Colonels who he says were illegally appointed by the previous government last year.
In a further move to stamp his authority on parliament Sata has said that he will dissolve parliament and call fresh elections if the opposition frustrate his government’s efforts to move forward. The crunch point came when Sata’s Patriotic Front (PF) was defeated 60 to 61 in appointing the nine member Public Accounts Committee (PAC) despite most nominees coming from the opposition.
The Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) lost the general election last month, dropping 20 seats; they now have 55 seats in the 150 seat National Assembly. They have been supported by the United Party for National Development (UPND) which has 28 seats. Sata’s Patriotic Front is the largest party with 60 seats.