PRESIDENT Lungu says his involvement in the Angolan oil deal was meant to encourage private sector participation, unlike what has been suggested by The Post Newspapers.
The President, who was speaking on arrival in Solwezi to scores of people who welcomed him, said accusations of corruption in the Angola oil deal were unfair, especially that he has not interfered with the Anti-Corruption Commission since he was voted into office.
The President also lashed out at Post Newspapers Editor-in-Chief Fred M’membe who he said was a bitter man because he failed to help his friend Rainbow Party leader Wynter Kabimba to ascend to power after the death of President Michael Sata.
The President advised Mr M’membe to pay his workers on time adding that the Post Newspaper owner has begun a battle with him through his Newspaper by publishing false information.
The Head of State said Mr M’membe is lying to the Zambian people that he helped the Patriotic Front (PF) to form government when he has been against the ruling party for a long time as evidenced by his evil schemes to hijack the party.
Mr Lungu said it is the poor people of Zambia who sacrificed for the party to usher the PF into government and this is the reason late President Sata did not allow PF to be hijacked by people with money to avoid being enslaved.
“Mr M’membe is a bitter man because he failed to help his friend Wynter Kabimba to ascend to power and God is above all this manipulation and he allowed me to become President,” Mr Lungu said.
President Lungu, however, said he has no personal grudge against Mr M’membe and his employees but advised the newspaper to be factual in its reporting as it exercises its right to freedom of speech.
He has since assured Mr M’membe that government wants to see the newspaper continue with its production but advised him to pay his workers on time and not waste resources on funding political activities of the Rainbow party.
Mr Lungu said he has been quiet for a long time but he has decided to respond to Mr M’membe to clear the air.
He has since advised Mr M’membe to take him on if he thinks he is engaging in criminal activities.
“So because I have not allowed them latitude of manipulating the ACC, the police and other government agencies, I have become their enemy,” he said.
And Mr Lungu has advised Zambians not to give power to the opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his vice president Geoffrey Mwamba because the two want to use the Zambians to amass wealth.
President Lungu, however, said people have a democratic right to elect a leader of their choice but that Zambians have slowly begun to appreciate him since he became President.
He also assured Zambians that he will work hard to unite the country through the One Zambia One Nation motto. President Lungu also said he still loves the people of North-Western Province even if they do not vote for the PF candidate Martin Mbaya in the forthcoming Solwezi West Parliamentary by election. He also advised people not to listen to false stories from his critics that the current power deficit the country is facing due to low water levels at Kariba North bank has been caused by the PF because no one can fight with nature.
On the mining sector, President Lungu said the mines are facing challenges because of the low copper prices prevailing on the market.
President Lungu urged Zambians to work together and find solutions to the problems the country is facing.
While at the airport, President Lungu was joined by former President Rupiah Banda, who thanked the people of North-Western Province for the support rendered to President Lungu during the January 2015 presidential elections.
Mr Banda also advised Zambians to give President Lungu the respect he deserves saying no country can live in peace if people continue to attack a democratically elected President.
President Lungu said he would not abandon the former head of State despite accusations from the Post newspaper that Mr Banda was corrupt when he has been cleared by the courts of law.
Earlier, North-Western Province PF chairman Emmanuel Chihili said it is no longer a secret that the political landscape in the province is changing towards the ruling party since President Lungu assumed office.