Zambian President Edgar Lungu has fired his Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya and replaced him with Minister of Water Affairs, Jonas Kamima Chanda.
In a media statement released on Sunday evening by the Presidency, the termination of Dr Chilufya’s contract is with immediate effect.
This follows a public uproar following reports that a supplier, Honeybee supplied leaking condoms, gloves, and fake medicine.
The company appeared before the parliamentary committee where a financial scandal involving the supply of $17million worth of medicine was unearthed by the Auditor General’s Office and the Parliamentary Accounts Committee.
In the media statement, the Special Assistant to the President (Press and Public Relations), State House, Isaac Chipambe said:
His Excellency, Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia has terminated the appointment of Hon. Dr Chitalu Chilufya as Minister of Health with immediate effect.
And President Lungu has transferred Hon. Dr Jonas Chanda to the Ministry of Health. Dr Chanda was until today Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has appointed nominated Member of Parliament, Hon. Raphael Nakachinda as Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection.
The President has thanked Dr Chilufya for the services rendered to Government and wished him well in his future endeavours.