President Edgar Lungu has asked Zambians to scrutinise those seeking public office in the August 11 general election.
And President Lungu has taken a swipe at UPND presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Mwamba saying the two are not ready to lead the country.
The President said unlike him and his running mate Inonge Wina who speak the same language, Mr. Hichilema and Mr. Mwamba who are issuing conflicting statements on how they would reduce the price of maize.
The head of state was speaking in Chongwe when addressed a public rally at which he presented PF Chongwe parliamentary candidate Japhen Mwakalombe and Candidate for the council chairmanship Geoffrey Chumbwe.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has asked some opposition parties to stop abusing the name of late President Michael Sata.
He also reiterated his call on PF members to remain peaceful and not react to acts of provocation.
President Lungu said he will continue to preach non violence in the runup to the August 11 poll.
At the same event a consortium of 16 political parties endorsed the candidature of President Lungu.
Speaking on behalf of the parties Zambia Direct Democracy Movement leader Edwin Sakala said they were supporting President Lungu because he has taken development to all parts of the country.
And former Kabwe Member of Parliament Captain Austin Chewe said President Lungu has a clear road map to develop the country as outlined in the PF manifesto.
President Lungu is also expected to hold rallies in Luangwa, Rufunsa and Kafue this week.
Earlier, President Edgar Lungu commended traditional leaders for playing a critical role in fostering development in their chiefdoms.
President Lungu says chiefs are an important interface between government and the people as they help to explain government programmes to their subjects.
Speaking when he called on Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo the second at her palace in Chongwe today, President Lungu said he will continue to consult chiefs on issues of national development.
And Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo the second praised government for completing various projects which the PF administration pledged to deliver since coming to power in 2011.
Chieftainess Nkomeshya cited the construction of the Leopards Hill Road and Palabana road.
This was shortly before the Head of State addressed a public rally in Chongwe.