Acting President Inonge Wina says any element that seeks to undermine national unity is not a policy of government and the Patriotic Front as a party.
Referring to tribal sentiments against the Tonga people attributed to PF Secretary General Davies Chama, Mrs. Wina said the issue was sensitive to the people of Southern Province and that a comprehensive statement would be made soon.
Mrs. Wina said a comprehensive statement on the matter would be made considering that the sentiments attributed to Mr. Chama had brought fears and divisions that were already beginning to be addressed.
“We want the country to be united and the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Edgar Lungu has emphasized the need for unity and cohesion in the country. Anything that undermines that unity is not a policy of this government and the party,” she said.
Mrs. Wina who was accompanied by Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Peter Kasanda said this on arrival at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone today.
She was received by Southern Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu, Provincial Permanent Secretary, Sibanze Simuchoba, his deputy Douglas Ngimbu, Livingstone District Commisioner Omar Munsanje, other district commissioners, senior government and party officials.
The Post Newspaper quoted Mr Chama saying that: “If at all they (UPND) will ever be in power, maybe a 100 years from now, not in my generation, maybe a 100 years from now. They are polygamous by nature, so maybe as they have more children, they can be in power. But not under the leadership of Hichilema. I don’t think it will happen.”
The Post Newspaper further reported that Mr Chama said that: “…And the way they show hate towards other tribes, it’s unbelievable. They can commit genocide and I don’t think we can give chance to Hichilema to ever rule this country. That’s why I said if I had the powers myself, I would ban that political party, ban it completely not to participate in the political life of this country, but I don’t have those powers… ”
And the Acting President said government was determined to resuscitate all projects that had stalled in Livingstone.
Mrs. Wina said government promoted Livingstone as the tourist capital but this should not be construed to mean that it was neglecting other parts of the country.
She was also pleased that various projects that government had embarked on in Livingstone had been finalized.
Earlier, Southern Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu said K5.2 million meant for the completion of the six-storey provincial administration building in Choma had been released.
Mr. Mubukwanu said the money would also cater for the construction of 62 housing units for heads of government departments.
The provincial minister further said K600m had been allocated for the upgrading of the sewer system in Livingstone’s Zambezi Sawmills Compound in a bid to improve sanitation in the area.
“The people of Zambezi Sawmills will have a new sewer system within a period of three months,” he said.
Acting President Inonge Wina is in Livingstone to officiate at the Consortium for International Management, Policy and Development (CIMPAD) Seminar taking place under the theme: Ideals and Practice of Effective Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa.
While in Livingstone, Mrs. Wina is also expected to visit the Maramba Old People’s Home and Cheshire Home.