LUNGU arrives in Zambezi

Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

President Edgar Lungu has arrived in Zambezi district of the North-Western Province to grace the 33rd Lunda-Lubanza ceremony of the Lunda speaking people.


The ZAF Aeroplane carrying President Lungu landed at the Zambezi airstrip around 10 hours.


And speaking to people who welcomed him when he arrived, President Lungu advised the Lunda and Luvale speaking people to live in peace and avoid bickering.


President Lungu appealed to the two chiefdoms to resolve their differences amicably and NOT resort to tribal hatred.


The president says he loves both chiefdoms adding that in two weeks time he will return to grace the Likumbi-Lyamize ceremony of the Luvale speaking people of senior Chief Ndungu.


President Lungu says there is no tribe that is bigger than Zambia hence the need for different tribes to co-exist.


The President is later expected to officiate at the Lunda-Lubanza ceremony before returning to Lusaka.


And the Patriotic Front leadership in Northern Province has praised President Lungu for his bold decision to appoint UPND Sinazongwe Member of Parliament Richwell Siamunene as Defense Minister.


PF Provincial Chairman Felix Mfula says President Lungu has shown that he is running an inclusive government, anchored on national unity.


Mr. Mfula, who was flanked by other senior party officials, told ZANIS in Kasama today that Mr. Siamunene deserved to be appointed Defence Minister because he is a hard working person.


He added that Mr. Siamunene is an outstanding and experienced politician, who is capable of running the affairs of the Ministry of Defence.


President Lungu recently appointed and swore-in Mr. Siamunene as new Defence Minister.


Meanwhile, Mr. Mfula has revealed that the PF Provincial executive Committee will soon meet to pick on a preferred candidate to contest the Lubansenshi parliamentary bye-election in Luwingu District.


He however, said the name of the successful candidate is subject to approval by the PF Central Committee, which is the highest decision making body in the ruling party.


Ten candidates have shown willingness to stand on the PF ticket in the Lubansenshi constituency bye-election set for September 24.


Meanwhile, PF Secretary General Davies Chama says the PF provincial leadership in Lubansenshi and Solwezi east is today scrutinizing the names of applicants that have been presented by the lower organs .


He said after this is done the Provincial leaderships in the two provinces will then present the names to the Central Committee for final adoption.


Mr Chama has echoed President Lungu’s call that people selected to stand on the PF ticket in both elections should be selected on merit.


He says the ruling party is confident that the people who will be selected by the central committee Next week will scoop both seats.


And UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma says the process of selecting candidates for Lubanshenshi and Solwezi West has started .


He said the lower organs of the UPND are already interviewing possible candidates and that the party will in the coming week announce the names of those selected.


And the MMD could not be reached for comment as the mobile phone for the MMD spokesperson Rapheal Nakachinda went unanswered.