Saturday, November 15, 2008

(TIMES) Britain showers praise on Rupiah

Britain showers praise on Rupiah
By Sylvia Mweetwa

BRITISH High Commissioner to Zambia Carolyn Davidson has paid tribute to President Rupiah Banda’s stance towards good governance and the fight against corruption.

She said that the fight against corruption was key to any economic development and the Government should therefore ensure that it fought the scourge with the vigour it deserved.

Ms Davidson said it was good that Mr Banda is reiterating the need to ensuring that the fight against corruption became a reality and that he was hoping those appointed in various positions would assist him deliver.

Ms Davidson who was speaking in an interview at State House in Lusaka yesterday shortly after the Press briefing by the president said Mr Banda’s vision on corruption should be supported by all.

She said her government was happy with the Zambian Government’s stance on corruption and pledged its continued support.

Former Finance minister, Ng’andu Magande said he was happy that a lot of people appreciated what he had put in since his appointment and was confident that the new team would move on with the same determination.

Mr Magande said he was happy with the appointment of Dr Musokotwane because he already knew what was happening in the ministry.

And newly appointed Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Ronnie Shikapwasha said he has a big challenge ahead of him and that he would work towards familiarising himself with the operations of the media.

Lieutenant General Shikapwasha said since the media was a partner in development, he would work towards attempting to fit his predecessor’s shoes including the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI).

Agriculture Minister Brian Chituwo commended President Banda for his appointment and pledged to work hard and to ensure that issues of agriculture were addressed.

He would work towards ensuring delivery of the pledges made by the MMD during the just ended election and also addressing the recent increase of mealie meal prices, which has raised concerns.

Dr Musokotwane said the ministry would continue to work towards building investors confidence among local and foreign investors and would build on the relation with cooperating partners who have continued to be partners.

Dr Musokotwane said more investment was still needed in the country.
He said the country’s economy had over a few years recorded some achievement but said there was still a lot that needed to be done to address some challenges the country was facing by reducing poverty among others.

Out-going Information Minister Mike Mulongoti who is now Works and Supply Minister described his relation with the media as excellent and appreciated the players in the industry for helping him understand the role of the media and information dissemination.

Mr Mulongoti said that although he faced some challenges with the media, it made him strong and understand issues regarding the operation of the media in the country both electronic and print.

He would work hard at his new ministry and that he would work with officers for the benefit of the country.

Communication Minister Dora Siliya said her task would be to work towards addressing the problems at Zamtel and Tazara, which require urgent attention.

Ms Siliya said that there was need to investigate what led to the recent strikes which she said could have been avoided and that what was needed was to find ways of resolving the matter for the benefit of the country.

“I will try and get to the root of the recent unrest by the two institutions because it is not a question of changing managements. Surely there should a problem somewhere because how possible is it that ZAIN and the MTN are making progress and our own Zamtel is failing,” she asked.

She said there was need for a new approach towards addressing the Zamtel and Tazara problems to make them effective and attractive.

And retired Inspector General of Police Ephraim Mateyo was happy to be given a chance to serve the police service and the nation as a whole.

Mr Mateyo said who was nicknamed “General Yasha” because of the manner he promoted police officers said he was going out as a proud IG who worked towards addressing the challenges faced by the police.

He paid tribute to President Banda and the late president Mwanawasa and pledged to work hard in his new assignment in the foreign service.

Commerce Minister Felix Mutati said he would work hard and woo more investors into the country.

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