Zambia’s Chiluba Purges Security Force Command
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) _ President Frederick Chiluba on Wednesday ordered the chief of his security force and two senior military officers to retire Wednesday in a continuing purge of his month-old government.
Chiluba, 48, earlier fired managers of state corporations, directors of government broadcasting and the press and other bureaucrats.
All were previously loyal to former President Kenneth Kaunda, 67, the founding father of Zambia who was trounced by Chiluba in last month’s presidential and parliamentary elections. Kaunda had been in office since 1964.
At a news conference Wednesday, Chiluba said of his latest dismissals, ″They are retiring with full benefits ... I will be writing to them to thank them for their outstanding service.″
Chiluba said upon winning the presidency there was a need ″to come up with some sort of formula to cleanse society.″
Some of the officials fired earlier are under investigation for corruption.
In the latest purge, Brig. Gen. Nobby Simbeye replaced army commander Lt. Gen. Francis Sibamba, Col. Ronnie Shikawashya replaced air force chief Lt. Gen. Herbert Simutowe, and Darius Kalebo replaced Zunga Siakalima as inspector-general of police.