Sata announces new Cabinet


President Michael Sata has moved quickly to appoint a new Cabinet which has been reduced from the 22 ministries under former President Rupiah Banda to just 17 posts.

He has appointed Guy Scott, a white Zambian, as his vice president and, in a surprise move, has sacked the Bank of Zambia Governor, Caleb Fundanga.

The new president has acted like a whirlwind in the two weeks since his election. He has already met with the Chinese Ambassador, directed a review of the minimum wage, abolished a number of key posts and stopped the sale of a key bank.

The Cabinet, as announced in a government press release, is as follows:

Guy Scott Vice president
Sebastian Zulu Minister of Justice
Godfrey Mwamba Minister of Defence
Alexander Chikwanda Minister of Finance
Kennedy Sakeni Minister of Home Affairs
Dr. Joseph Kasonde Minister of Health
Chishimba Kambwili Minister of Foreign Affairs
Emmanuel Chenda Minister of Agriculture and Livestock
Fackson Shamenda Minister of Labour, Sports, Youth and Gender
Bob Sichinga Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry
Wilbur Simusa Minister of Mines
Given Lubinda Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Tourism
C .Yaluma Minister of Lands, Energy and Water Development
Dr. J. Phiri Minister of Education, Science and Vocational Training
Professor Nkandu Luo Minister of Local Government, Housing, Early Education and Environment Protection
Dr Joseph Katema Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health
Inonge Wina Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs
Willie Nsanda Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications
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