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Citizens First Party demands appointment of Minister of Foreign Affairs to replace Kakubo (Video)


A member of the United Kwacha Alliance (UKA), Citizens First (CF) Party, has demanded the appointment of a Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperations.

CF Spokesperson, Frank Sichone, said the party was concerned that President Hakainde Hichilema had failed to replace the former Minister, Stanley Kakubo, two months after his resignation.

During a media briefing in Lusaka on Sunday, Sichone, stated that the vacancy had not only affected the Ministry but that it had also affected the Ministry of Justice since Mulambo Haimbe was also acting Minister of Foreign Affairs.

He said the delay in replacing the Minister had not only affected service delivery but constitution reforms and road map as the Minister was overwhelmed with double responsibility.

“For us to attain the best international relations and bring in investors, government needs to have a Minister dedicated only to deal with international affairs and not one who is busy with other duties not related to foreign affairs,” Sichone stated.

He noted that the President had also failed to officially announce State House Chief Communications Specialist Clayson Hamasaka as his Press Aid.

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Sichone said the President had decided to call him Communication Specialist, a position State House does not have or even need.

“A communication specialist can be needed in other ministries or schools or university and not state house,” the CF Spokesperson stated.

He said what citizens need was just information flow from State House to citizens not a specialist in information.

Sichone advised the President to regularise this and name Hamasaka as State House Press Aide, saying there was no harm in doing the right thing.

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