President Lungu says he took time to assemble an all-inclusive govt

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————-President Edgar Lungu says the process of re-organising government has never been an easy task.


President Lungu said he took time to ensure that the outlook of government is as representative as possible so as to reflect the broad national character.


He said he had to make a careful balancing to blend the old and young because his government believes youth empowerment is very critical in rejuvenating the very idea of government.


President Lungu said this in Lusaka today at State House shortly before announcing and swearing in his Cabinet.


President Lungu said during the selection process he had to call in colleagues from the opposition to ensure some regions of the country where the PF did not do well in the elections are assured of representation.


He said in order to make a clear statement on where his government stands on gender equity he had to ensure that women representation was improved.


Meanwhile President Lungu has called for support from Zambians as he works towards making this country a better place.


He noted that elections are now over and as a democratic people there is need to move forward for the sake Zambians.


President Lungu urged all Zambians to compete freely in a marketplace of ideas by tolerating one another in diversity.


He said the nation must ensure that each one is given chance to contribute to national building.


The head of state demanded for excellence, highest level of integrity, performance, discipline and unity of purpose from his Minister.


President Lungu said he would allow his Ministers sufficient leeway to discharge their functions and would give them all the support they need in pushing the agenda for development aimed at reducing poverty in the country.