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Finance Ministry replaces publicist

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The Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has replaced its Spokesperson, Nations Msowoya, with a Public Relations Officer (PRO), Alfred Kutengule, with effect from Thursday.

Msowoya was regarded as one of the country’s best public spokespersons due to his efficiency when it came to responding to the media’s queries and this has won him several accolades in relation to his job.

In a memo to all Principal Secretaries (PSs) and Heads of Departments in different ministries, Secretary to Treasury, Ronald Mangani, says Kutengule has replaced Msowoya who has since been assigned other duties.

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In a follow-up interview yesterday, Mangani described Msowoya’s removal as nothing unusual.

Rumour has been circulating that Msowoya might have been removed as Treasury spokesperson due to his frankness when dealing with the media.

“The replacement is normal, as is normal with any movement in the civil service,” Mangani said.

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We did not manage to get Msowoya’s position on his removal as his phone went unanswered yesterday.

For the past few years when he served as Treasury publicist, Msowoya endeared himself with the media for his aptitude in responding to their queries.

However, some stakeholders observed that this might not augur well with government authorities who would not want to release correct and relevant information to the media.

According to observers, at this time when the country’s economy continues to struggle to get right, authorities would want to have a Treasury spokesperson who will be able to hide information that will paint government’s economic agenda in bad light.

Msowoya admitted in an interview with The Daily Times on Wednesday that government’s debt is at K2 trillion.

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