President Michael Sata has carried out a reshuffle of his Cabinet. Seven ministries have been affected by the reshuffle but local media focussed on the sacking of a deputy minister.
Home Affairs Deputy Minister Alfredah Kasembe was dismissed with immediate effect, apparently for being close to Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Mwamba, a former Minister of Defence who is currently at odds with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).
The list of Cabinet changes made yesterday is as follows:
Harry Kalaba; Minister of Foreign Affairs
Wylbur Simusa; Minister of Agriculture and Livestock
Emmanuel Chenda; Minister of Local Government and Housing
Emerine Kabanshi; Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health
Mwansa Kapeya; Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection
Robert Sichinga; Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry
Dr. Joseph Katema; Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services