PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has said he had no influence in the adoption process of aspiring candidates in the forthcoming general elections.
President Lungu said he had no influence in the adoption process stating that the only people who knows about the adoption where members of Central Committee of the Patriotic Front (PF).
The President was speaking when he made a stop- over at Mfuwe International Airport enroute to Chama District yesterday.
Mr Lungu said he was dismayed that some individuals who have applied to contest on parliamentary and local government were using his name claiming that they have been sent to campaign in that particular area while not.
“I am fully aware that they are some people who have applied to contest some parliamentary and local government seats in the forthcoming general elections. These people are claiming that I am the one who have sent them, the truth is that is not the fact because I also went the Central Committee to adopt credible people to contest elections,” he said.
President Lungu said the Central Committee would scrutinise and adopt the best candidates based from recommendations from the lower organs.
He encouraged those who would not be adopted to feature on general elections to support those that are going to be adopted by the party.
He said those that would feel offended, should leave the party in order to allow harmony to prevail ahead of the general elections.
“I know that only one person is going to be adopted in every constituency to contest but I am encouraging those that are not going to be adopted not to be offended but support whoever is going to be adopted on that particular time. Those that are not going to be satisfied are free to leave the party,” he said.
President Lungu reiterated that some adoption processes had been marred with corruption which he said it must not happen in the ruling party.
He said he was chosen as party president in Kabwe without involving himself into corruption charging that corruption was bad.
The Head of State said party cadres should be on the forefront in promoting unity and peace in the country.
Mr Lungu has also advised United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema and MMD leader Dr Nevers Mumba to always promote the One Zambia, One Nation slogan which was aimed at fostering unity in the country.
He had never heard Mr Hichilema and Dr Mumba talking about One Zambia, One Nation motto during their meetings.
“I am advising Mr Hakainde Hichilema and Dr Nevers Mumba to always mention about One Zambia, One Nation which is a national motto,”he said.
The Head of State was met by Eastern Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Patrick Mwanawasa, Katete District Commissioner Joseph Makukula, assistant secretary Royd Tembo, party members and senior government officials.