PRESIDENT Michael Sata has with immediate effect promoted Lusaka Province police commissioner, Solomon Jere to the position of Deputy Inspector General of Police.
Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, George Chellah confirmed the appointment of Dr Jere in a statement released in Lusaka yesterday.
Dr Jere replaces Peter Chingaipe who has been retired in the national interest.
"I congratulate you on your well-deserved promotion and I am confident that you will perform to my expectations and that of the Zambian people in general. I wish you God's blessings," reads President Sata's letter to Dr Jere in part.
He expressed gratitude to Mr Chingaipe for the service he had rendered to the nation during his tenure of office.
And Mr Sata has appointed Muyenga Atanga as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication, replacing Francis Kamanga who was recently retired in the public interest.
And Dr Jere has commended Mr Sata for according him a chance to serve in the new position and pledged to work harder to ensure therule of law was upheld.
He said he would work hand-in-handwith Inspector General of Police, Stella Libongani in ensuring that the vision of a crime-free Zambia by President Sata became a reality.
Dr Jere said it was important that the rule of law was upheld at all times to attract both local and foreign investment, which was key to national development.
He urged officers to continue working hard and to remain dedicated to duty if they were to continue winning public confidence.
And some Kabwe residents, especially taxi drivers, have said President Sata has made a wise decision to promote Dr Jere who they described as a "man of the people and down to earth person".
They said Dr Jere would be remembered for his dedication to fighting crime when he was Central Province commissioner of police during which time he made police officers accountable for their actions.