PRESIDENT Michael Sata has relieved Alfredah Kansembe of her duties as home affairs deputy minister.

According to a statement today by President Sata's special assistant for press and public relations George Chellah, the head of state thanked Kansembe for the services rendered to the country during her tenure of office.

And President Sata has transferred Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Harry Kalaba to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the same capacity.

Kalaba replaces Wylbur Simusa, who has been transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in the same capacity.

The President has also transferred Emmanuel Chenda from the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry to the Ministry of Local Government and Housing to replace Emerine Kabanshi, who has been transferred to the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health in the same capacity.

"Furthermore, the Head of State has moved Hon. Mwansa Kapeya from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services to the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. Hon. Kapeya has been replaced with Hon. Dr. Joseph Katema, who before the reshuffle was Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health," according to the statement.

Robert Sichinga has been transferred from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry in the same capacity.

"The Head of State says he was confident that the ministers will discharge the functions of their respective offices both to his satisfaction and that of the Zambian people," stated Chellah.