….it will be difficult to mention the success of the 2018 Central Province Expo without mentioning the name, “Chanda Kabwe,” says Hon Mushanga.

OUTGOING Central Province Permanent Secretary Mr Chanda Kabwe has bade an emotional farewell to civil servants and people in the province following his transfer to Lusaka where he has been appointed as National Coordinator for the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) under the Office of the Vice President.

Mr Kabwe who will be remembered for his role in the success of the last year’s Investment Forum and Expo announced that the investment pledges arising from the event would create up to 20,000 job opportunities by next year.

He said his mission in the Province would not have been successful had it not been for the support from the public workers in the province especially that he was appoint from the lower rank of district commissioner to the position of permanent secretary.

He was speaking on Wednesday at the council chamber when Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga introduced the newly appointed Provincial Permanent Secretary Mr Bernard Chomba.

“I came as a boy and I am leaving as a man because of the support that I have received from you,” said Mr Kabwe during the introduction of his successor Mr Chomba at a ceremony which was graced by Provincial Minister Hon Sydney Mushanga.

In a statement of gratitude, Mr Kabwe urged the civil servants in the province to support Mr Chomba in order to continue with the development path that the region has taken following up and actualizing the investment pledges that have been made.

Meanwhile, Hon Mushanga said it will be difficult to mention the success of the 2018 Expo without mentioning the name of PS Kabwe.

Hon Mushanga said the appointment of Mr Kabwe as Permanent Secretary in the in the Province was a blessing to the people in the region because they have learnt a lot from his leadership.

“Your contribution and presence has been felt, you have left a positive legacy in the province we thank the President for appointing you to this province; we wish you well in your new role and I want say you’re your new office is an extension of my office,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Chomba said he would continue to follow up and actualize investment pledges that had come after the Expo and urged the civil servants to work hard in order to improve the lives of the people.

He said he would not take kindly those failing to work and assured that hard work would be rewarded.

“I have come here as your brother and not your enemy; my coming here is to encourage each other to work even hard, I believe in team work. I want to have an open door policy and create a platform for everyone to rise even beyond me,” he said.

In a vote of thanks, Provincial Education Officer (PEO) Ms Jenipher Banda thanked Mr Kabwe for his openness in dealing with various issues and pledged that civil servants will support the new Permanent Secretary.
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