First Lady Esther Lungu says people should not view her women empowerment outreach programmes as a political gimmick to campaign for President Edgar Lungu.
The First Lady says the empowerment programme is a genuine venture under her newly created foundation.
Mrs Lungu says the funds that she is giving women’s clubs are purely meant to uplift their living standards.
The First Lady said this when she addressed women in Chief Chitanda’s area in Chibombo district.
Chiefs in Central Province have dispelled assertions that the Lenje speaking people are against the leadership of President Edgar Lungu.
Meanwhile, Senior Chief Mukuni N’gombe Chipepo says traditional leaders and their people are committed to working with the government of President Lungu.
He says the Lenje people are committed to working with the government of the day in bringing about development in their areas.
And Chief Chitanda of Chibombo district says his people will not entertain any political players bent on bringing divisions in the country.
The traditional leaders said this in separate interviews with ZNBC after First Lady Esther Lungu visited their palaces on her continued outreach programmes.