Saturday, November 22, 2008

We have a lot of problems – Banda

We have a lot of problems – Banda
Written by Chibaula Silwamba
Saturday, November 22, 2008 9:35:21 AM

PRESIDENT Rupiah Banda yesterday said Zambia has a lot of problems hence he and his staff have to sacrifice to ensure that the country is well served. And President Banda has appointed former agriculture and co-operatives minister Ben Kapita as his special advisor for projects, implementation and monitoring.

Speaking when he swore in Kapita and Dr Richard Chembe as his special advisor on economic affairs at State House, President Banda said there was need to serve the country well.

"I feel greatly privileged to have you on the staff of State House and to have you to advise me in the various fields for which you are eminently qualified," said President Banda. "All I can say is to wish you all the best in your work, and we all have to realise that we have a lot of problems and we require to sacrifice a lot of our time and of ourselves to ensure that our country is well served."

Kapita, who was smiling and looked jovial throughout the ceremony, thanked President Banda for appointing him as his advisor.

Late president Levy Mwanawasa nominated Kapita as member of parliament and subsequently appointed him as minister of agriculture and cooperatives. However, Kapita last year suffered a cancer of the spine that subsequently paralysed his legs and he has since been using a wheelchair.

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