Zambia's new president reaches out

2011-09-29 21:01

Lusaka - Zambia's new president is making gestures to unify his nation, reaching out to the west and east.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Michael Sata said he was appointing investigators to look into violence in western Zambia earlier this year following an attempt to debate secession. Sata also pardoned 28 people charged in the violence.

Sata, sworn in last week after defeating incumbent Rupiah Banda, named prominent easterners to a 17-member Cabinet he announced Thursday. They include justice minister designate Sebastian Zulu, from the opposition party of former President Kenneth Kaunda.

Kaunda's eldest son, retired Col Panji Kaunda, was named deputy defence minister.

The elder Kaunda led Zambia to independence from Britain in 1964 and was its president for 27 years.