President Edgar Lungu has dismissed assertions that he wants to manipulate the country’s constitution so that he can rule up to 2022.
Speaking upon his arrival at Mfuwe International Airport today at about 11:55 hours, Mr Lungu said that he respects the republican constitution and would stick by it.
The head of state explained that he would re-contest the presidential election next year if the constitution allows him to do so.
President Lungu explained that he respects democracy stating that people would vote for the opposition if they felt that they would perform better than PF in government.
Meanwhile,President Lungu has asked the people of Msoro in Mambwe District to vote for Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Jacob Shuma for the development of area.
He was speaking when he addressed a public rally to drum up support for Mr Shuma in the June 30th Malambo parliamentary by-election held at Msoro Post Office today.
The Head of State said he would be comfortable to work with someone whom he would be paddling the boat together in terms of developments after the bye-election.
“I will be more comfortable to work with someone whom I will be paddling the boat together. Let me assure you (the people of Msoro) that as long as support the party (PF) of the day we shall bring more developments here,” he said.
President Lungu said there was already an ambitious programme under the Link Zambia 8, 000 Road Project which was being done across the country which he said he was expecting the people of Msoro to benefit.
He said his Government was ready to work on the road networks leading to Chief Msoro’s area.
He asked Mr Shuma that once he is voted into office as a Member of Parliament (MP) after the by-election he should work extra hard to develop the area.
The President has also promised Chief Msoro that he would look at the problems facing his chiefdom like the roads network.
President Lungu said his Government would revamp the Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) in order to increase the food production in the country.
The assurance follows Chief Msoro’s complaint that his chiefdom had been neglected saying the Msoro-Mtezezi road and Msoro –Chipata road was in a bad state despite leading to ZESCO sub-station.