Friday, January 08, 2010
By Mwala Kalaluka
Fri 08 Jan. 2010, 04:01 CAT
PRESIDENT Rupiah Banda yesterday said the appointment of Masaiti MMD member of parliament Gladys Lundwe as new lands minister is proof that there are perhaps better people willing to take over from those that leave his government circle.
Swearing in Lundwe at State House, President Banda said - in apparent reference to the recent dismissal of Mpongwe MMD member of parliament Gabriel Namulambe from his ministerial position - that portfolio vacuums would not be permitted in his administration.
“What has happened in your particular case is proof that no vacuum will be permitted or rather vacuums are not permitted,” President Banda said. “There is always someone willing and perhaps even better than the one that leaves.”
President Banda said he had no doubt in his mind that Lundwe would make a very good Cabinet minister.
“It's my great pleasure this morning to swear-in Honourable Gladys Lundwe as new Minister of Lands,” President Banda said. “It is not like swearing someone I have not worked with before. You were my deputy minister when I was Vice-President. Your biggest quality is the ability to work with others, your willingness to work with others.”
President Banda said Lundwe had reached where she was because of working together with others.
“You will make a good Cabinet minister because of your abilities, because of your loyalty to the party…loyalty to the President,” President Banda said. “Do not be overwhelmed. No one was born Minister of Lands.”
President Banda said it was important that Lundwe learns to work with others because the most important task of the current administration was that of delivering on its promises and to work hard to ensure that projects where fund had been allocated are implemented as quickly as possible.
President Banda recently caused a mini-reshuffle following the firing of Namulambe as science and technology minister.
Namulambe had in the recent past complained that the Lamba people of the Copperbelt Province had misgivings over the failure by the Rupiah Banda administration to uphold the late president Levy Mwanawasa's legacy and that Lambas had been sidelined by the current government.