Lungu warns against nepotism, tribalism


President Edgar Lungu has warned that nepotism and tribalism should not be allowed to take root in the nation.


President Lungu says he will endeavor to play a fatherly role in uniting the nation by stamping out the two vices.


Mr. Lungu advised those iching to be appointed and employed in his government to wait for their right time.


He was speaking at State House today when he sworn-in two deputy ministers and a Chief Policy Analyst.


The Head of State said he was disturbed by reports reaching him at State House of the high nepotism and tribalism in the civil service.


Those sworn-in are Obby Chisala as Community Development Deputy Minister,Sydney Mushanga as Education deputy minister and Henry Lumbeta as Chief Policy Analyst at State House.


Mr. Lungu challenged the two deputy minister and Mr. Lumbeta to prove their ability to serve the Zambian people.


President Lungu further challenged Mr. Chisala and Mr. Mushanga to help Vice President Inonge Wina explain and articulate government policies and programmes in parliament.


“I’m a good example of loyalty so those championing nepotism and tribalism should wait until the right time comes,” President Lungu said.


On violence, President Lungu regretted that one person died in Lusaka’s Mtendere compound last week as a result of alleged violence.


Mr. Lungu however cautioned Zambians against politicizing death because the country was founded on the One Zambia One nation motto.


“Let’s not politicize normal events to political connotation. Those people were drinking and the circumstances leading to that death are unknown. So how do you claim that the deceased person was a PF cadre?”,  He asked.


President Lungu has since directed the Zambia Police to deal with the matter ruthlessly to save innocent people from dying at the hands of others.


And President Lungu has challenged the media against inciting violence in the nation and remove politics from their reportage.


Mr. Lungu observed that some stories written by Journalists have got the power to allegedly influence anarchy in the nation.


He called on media personnel in the country to be careful by being accurate and put facts correctly through responsible reporting.


Meanwhile, newly appointed Community Development, Mother and Child Health Deputy Minister Obby Chisala pledged to ease the accessing of the social cash transfer funds by the needy.


Mr. Chisala observed that the fund is being politicized by some civil servants administering it hence frustrating the efforts of the government.


And Lusaka Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta has directed PF Lusaka Province Youth Chairman Kennedy Kamba to organize a one-week youth conference for ruling PF cadres in order to sensitize them against engaging in violent acts.


Mr. Mwaliteta, who is PF Kafue Member of Parliament condemned the violence where a person was allegedly killed in the area.


Those who attended the swearing in ceremony included Vice President Inonge Wina, some Cabinet Ministers, Secretary to Cabinet Roland Msiska and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo and other senior government officials.