No quarrel with Duarte – Kaunda

2010-04-29 07:51

The deputy director-general in the Presidency, Lakela Kaunda, has

dismissed reports linking her to Jessie Duarte’s resignation as “grossly

incorrect” and “unfortunate”.

“I have never had a quarrel with Ms Jessie Duarte,” said Kaunda,

following reports linking her to Duarte’s resignation as chief operating officer

of the Presidency.

“I have always had a wonderful working relationship with her both

at Luthuli House and the Presidency, and I will continue working with her in her

new posting.”

“After the publication of reports about an email that she wrote

complaining about difficulties at work, which had mentioned my name, I discussed

with her out of shock and concern, and she assured me that I was not the target

or person she had referred to in her email.”

Duarte’s resignation was announced yesterday.

In February, it was reported that Duarte had written an “emotional

email” to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, citing a “smear” campaign,

“gossip” and “vilification” as reasons for intending to leave.

The report said Duarte intended to resign over disputes with

Kaunda, among others.


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