Mutati fired, remains mute for now

By Staff Reporter

President Edgar Lungu has fired works and supply minister Felix Mutati   with immediate effect and has revoked his nomination as member of parliament.

And Mutati could not take calls this morning while his aide who answered his mobile phone referred all queries to State House.

President Lungu has replaced Mutati with Lunte member of parliament Mutotwe Kafwaya who was sworn in as works and supply minister this morning – Tuesday.

President Lungu urged against any speculation regarding Mutati’s dismissal as it was his discretion and prerogative to hire and fire cabinet ministers.

And Mutati’s aide who answered his phone retorted, “go and ask State House to give you a position on the matter because Mr Mutati is locked up in a series of meetings. My friend, I am saying Mr Mutati will not be available the whole afternoon as well as this evening and will not be answering any phone calls”.

President Lungu said the move is necessary and has advised Mr Kafwaya to work hard and prove himself.

In response Kafwaya promised to work hard and that his immediate task would be to ensure that ballot papers for future elections were printed locally.

He said he would also continue to make national assessments of existing government infrastructure.

About a month ago Mutati was in Chipata to mobilise for the former ruling party – the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) where he assured the members of their ‘coming back’.

Mutati who is a faction MMD president also pledged 50% of his earnings to support the party mobilisation efforts for the 2021 general elections.