President Edgar Lungu has said that the chances of importing Maize are high in Zambia given the erratic rainfall that the Country is experiencing.
President Lungu said that it has since been established that some people in the Country have been adversely affected by the poor rainfall this year.
President Lungu said that government’s assessment so far is that immediate aid will be required for areas devastated by the poor rainfall pattern.
President Lungu has disclosed that the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), is already having meetings with different stakeholders to pip out a plan for responding to impending food crisis.
He was speaking shortly before departure for the Copperbelt at city airport in Lusaka this afternoon.
The President also said that he will find time to visit the residents of Kitwe’s Mufumachani area whose houses were demolished by the Kitwe council.
The President said that he understands that there is a disconnection between the people of Mufumachani and their councilors.
President Lungu thinks that there is need to re-visit the relationship that should be between the people and their area councilors.
Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu has called on all Zambians to emulate late President Michael Sata by uniting and embracing one another, in the spirit of One Zambia One Nation.
President Lungu said that Mr Sata was a strong believer in a united nation and that is why he embraced all tribes while fighting for a better Zambia.
The Head of State said that tribalism has no place in society and he has called on all PF members to lead by example by playing clean politics and avoid talking about tribalism.
The Head of State said this upon arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola this afternoon.
He was welcomed by Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge, Tourism Minister Jean Kapata, Gender Deputy Minister Esther Banda and Masaiti Member of Parliament Michael Katambo.
Others on hand to welcome the president were Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Howard Sikwela, his Deputy Elias Kamanga and Patriotic Front Copperbelt Chairman Steven Kainga.
And President Lungu said critics of the constitution should not blame him for the Grade Twelve qualification requirement for Councillors and Members of Parliament.
President Lungu said that when he signed the Constitution of Zambia Amendment Bill he was responding to the wills of the people of Zambia.
He wondered why opposition leaders like FDD President Edith Nawakwi did not raise concerns when the Grade Twelve requirement was being discussed in parliament but waited for Presidential assent for them to raise the issues.