Republican President Edgar Lungu says his performance since assuming office early this year speaks for itself.
President Lungu says anyone can tell how much change has taken place in the country during the last seven months of leadership.
He says the number of foreign Heads of State that have visited Zambia in the last 7 months are a rating for anyone to see that Zambia’s international profile has improved.
President Lungu has cited his recent trip to Malawi as one such indicator that speaks for itself pertaining to his performance.
He notes that besides improving trade between Zambia and Malawi, he is certain such trips to neighboring countries will enable Zambia know what is happening in the region.
President Lungu says he does not want Zambia to lag behind in regional matters, stating that his desire is to see the country become a leader in the region.
And President Lungu has reiterated that traditional leaders play a critical role in reaching out to the common man on the street.
He says if government therefore involves traditional leaders in Zambia’s development agenda it is likely to achieve its goal.
The Head of State states that this is why he is usually encouraged to meet with chiefs and exchange notes with them on how they are fairing and inform them of how government is doing.
President Lungu was speaking to journalists in Lusaka this morning shortly before departure for North-Western Province for a scheduled two day visit to Solwezi and Zambezi districts.
He is accompanied by among other government and party officials Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda, Lands Minister Christabel Ngimbu and PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri.