President Edgar Lungu is expected to meet chiefs from Southern Province to dialogue over concerns arising from remarks allegedly attributed to Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General Mr. Davies Chama last month
President Lungu will travel to Southern province on 21st July 2015 and he is scheduled to return after he concludes his official assignment.
The Head of State has since called for this special meeting to bring to an end the divisive sentiments some sections of our society were fomenting to sow seeds of discord in the nation.
This is contained in a press statement issued to ZANIS by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relation, Amos Chanda.
The Head of State is a firm believer in the fundamental freedom of expression, assembly, association and liberal values that have made Zambia an exceptionally tolerant society where people value, rather than fear diversity.
“This peaceful co-existence built on a strong foundation of unity has thus far distinguished Zambia as a notable democratic enterprise made possible by the abundant spirit of tolerance the moral majority of our people so deeply cherish and we can’t sacrifice for political expediency,” the President said.
Mr. Lungu has directed that the planned meeting advertised as ‘Chuundu Chaitwa’ of the Tonga People must go ahead un-hindered and with the full protection of the Police.
Mr. Lungu has to this effect asked all those who may have opposing views to the conveners of the advertised meeting not to interfere but to allow for their peaceful assembly.
He believes that this is the nature of the democracy the Zambian people have chosen for themselves.
Mr. Lungu, who is also PF party President, has ordered all ministers, PF senior officials and party functionaries to cease all forms of commentary on the matter and resist any temptation to mobilise and galvanize on grounds of ethnicity, religion, creed and all other illiberal values that may pose a real danger to Zambia’s social cohesion.
He is hopeful that the 21st July meeting with traditional leaders shall be brought to its desired conclusion in the spirit of upholding the nation’s cherished creed of ‘One Zambia, One Nation.’
President Lungu observed that the creed forms a significant part of his leadership and the nation’s vision.
He called on citizens from all walks of life and backgrounds to treasure the peace and unity Zambia has enjoyed over the past 50 years.
“While there have been challenges along the way, and while conflict remains an outgrowth of our diversity, it’s my call to the nation to celebrate our diversity and not use it as a means to weaken the rather well-woven fabric of Zambian society,” Mr. Lungu said.