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Former President Edgar Lungu has not requested anyone to consult him says Given Lubinda

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OPPOSITION Patriotic Front Acting President Given Lubinda says former President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has not requested anyone to consult him on governance issues.

Speaking in an interview with #Mwebantu, Mr. Lubinda said remarks by the party former Secretary General Davis Mwila on the need for the UPND to consult President Lungu on how he used to stabilize fuel prices, does not imply that the former Head of State is too bored and that he wants people to consult him, no!

Mr Lubinda explained that Mr Mwila advised the UPND administration to consult the former Head of State, because this is the normal practice everywhere in the world that incumbent leaders consult with their predecessors.

“If young Chushi Kasanda thinks President Lungu is not worth consulting so be it,” he said.

Mr Lubinda said President Lungu will keep his experience, because he is not asking anyone to go and consult him, and he will be happy to be left alone.

“I don’t think there is any person who has ideas who will complain that you are not consulting me, or that you are not coming to ask for any advice,” Mr Lubinda noted.

“Let them go about without consulting it doesn’t hurt us at all”.

Mr Lubinda further said advice is given for free and it’s up to one to take it or leave it.

And party Acting Secretary General Nickson Chilangwe has advised the Chief government Spokesperson to perfect her mistakes, as opposed to stating that the former Head of State made thousands of mistakes.

The two PF party officials were responding to Chief Government Spokesperson Chushi Kasanda’s comment that the UPND cannot consult former President, Edgar Lungu because he made a thousand mistakes, adding that PF should not even have the “guts to open their mouths” because they destroyed the country.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th April, 2022)

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Government to sink boreholes across the country

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“WITH the current devastating climate change, the government is going flat out to sink boreholes and do crop irrigation across the country”, President Hakainde Hichilema has said.

The President said his administration is determined to ensure food security despite the challenging circumstances.
“We are determined to ensure that food security is attained even during these difficult times. Let us all get involved and get it solved. We shall overcome as God will do the rest,” he said.

President Hichilema urged citizens to actively participate in the efforts, stating the collective responsibility to overcome the challenges emanating from the dry spell.

Last week, President Hichilema declared the ongoing drought a national disaster, announcing a comprehensive set of measures to mitigate its impact.

The declaration was prompted by the destruction of one million hectares of farmland, affecting over one million households across the country.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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‘Why are you pretending to be rich?’ HH asks Gov’t officials who insist on traveling on business class

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has described government officials that prefer traveling on business class as cheats and pretenders.

The head of state has revealed that the country has limited resources and it does not make sense for a government official to move in business class at the expense of the treasury.

The president said following the declaration of a national disaster as a result of the prolonged dry spells, that there will be for prudent usage of resources.

“We will aggressively shift resources from consumption, wastage travel, and business class. Secretary to the treasury, I hear there are people who want to travel business class from Lusaka to Johannesburg?” he said, “for one hour 30 minutes [you want to be on business class], we sit on our stools for three hour we village people,”

He wondered what is wrong with a government official travelling on economy class.

What’s wrong with economy ticket for one hour 40 minutes, this is what I call pretence, for one hour 40 minutes you want to fell rich, that’s cheating,” the President said.

He said he has already given his cabinet the signal that there will be no more unnecessary travels.

“There will be no more of such things, including unnecessary travels, size of delegation, I sent this signal to my colleagues in cabinet and I have made this official, resources are limited, the question is how do we utlise the limited resources,” Mr Hichilema said.

Meanwhile, he warned that there will be accountability in the utilization of resources and those found wanting “Will be on their own”

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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House of Chiefs commends President Hichilema’s swift response to drought crisis.

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TRADITIONAL leaders have commended President Hakainde Hichilema’s decisive action in addressing the drought.

House of Chiefs Chairperson Chief Chisunka said the President’s declaration is a timely and crucial step in mobilising resources and support to mitigate the impact of this drought on the affected communities.

Dr Chisunka said the effects of climate change, particularly the prolonged dry spells and erratic rainfall patterns, have posed unprecedented challenges to agricultural systems, water sources, and, most importantly, the livelihoods of people.

He underscored the urgent need for collaborative efforts to mitigate the challenges posed by climate change.

Dr Chisunka said the traditional leadership is committed to supporting the government and ensuring coordinated relief efforts.

“As traditional leaders, we commend President Hakainde Hichilema for his swift and decisive action in recognizing the gravity of the situation and marking our country’s debilitating drought as a national disaster and emergency. Together, we can overcome this crisis and emerge stronger and more resilient than before. We will continue to work together to build a better and brighter future for all our people,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

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