MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Fackson Shamenda has dismissed sentiments from some sections of society that the economy has collapsed under President Lungu’s leadership.
And Mr Shamenda has described President Lungu as a true democrat.
Mr Shamenda assured that the country is not falling apart and that the leadership is focused.
He was speaking on Thursday during the handover of a computer to United Church of Zambia (UCZ) – owned Chimwemwe Radio Station. The computer was donated by Airtel.
“If the things that other people are writing about were to be true, we would have had no country to talk about and I have worked with a number of Presidents, I have also worked closely with President Lungu and his style of doing things, he is a true democrat.
“And that is why in a number of cases where he has been insulted here and there, he has taken it as if it is one of his professional conditions of his service. He has got the interest of the country at heart,” Mr Shamenda said.
The minister also said it is unfair to heap all shortcomings on the President because he cannot be everywhere.
“The President has given leeway to his ministers to perform as per their portfolios,” he said.
Mr Shamenda has also said President Lungu has warned that he will make changes to his Government if Ministers fail to perform.
“We need to perform and those that are going to fail to perform, he will make necessary changes. It is important to make the necessary support, time and space so that we can be able to develop together,” Mr Shamenda said.
He is also concerned that some media houses have concentrated on looking for mistakes even when there are none.
Chimwemwe Radio Station board chairperson Cephas Katongo thanked Mr Shamenda for the donation because it will help improve the operations of the station.