Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo has cautioned civil servants in the province to stop engaging in partisan politics especially now that elections are over.
Mr. Lusambo who is also Kabushi PF Member of Parliament said civil servants should realise that their allegiance is to President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and the government of the day.
He said President Lungu is in a hurry to develop the country and that civil servants found frustrating developmental efforts will be disciplined.
Mr. Lusambo was speaking on Saturday when he officiated at the 2016 Lesa Nkushe traditional ceremony of Chieftainess Lesa’s people of Mpongwe district.
“We are aware that some of you supported different political parties in the just ended elections and now this is the time to work. Avoid engaging in partisan politics and focus and delivering to the expectations of government,” Mr. Lusambo said.
He said the PF government remains committed to fostering unity and peace across the country.
Mr. Lusambo said Zambians should not allow politics to divide the nation.
“As government, we remain resolute to fostering unity and peace across the country. We are one people and thus politics should not in any way divide us. The One Zambia One nation motto will most certainly remain our national heritage and we must cherish it,” he said.
He added, “Zambia is a Christian nation which is governed by Christian values. This can be observed from the peace and tranquility experienced during the just ended 2016 general elections. I am glad to boast that the peace loving Zambians have once again embraced the spirit of unity and love for one another despite different political affiliations.”
Mr. Lusambo also stated that government will always rely on the knowledge and wisdom from traditional leaders in governing the country in a bid to sustain the peace and tranquility that the country has enjoyed since independence.
The Lesa Nkushe traditional ceremony of the Bulima people of Chieftainess Lesa of Mpongwe district is held annually to depict the people’s experience during their migration from the Luba-Lunda Kingdom of Kola in Angola and transit through conga to present day Zambia.
And speaking on behalf of all the Lamba Chiefs, Senior Chief Chiwala disclosed that the traditional leadership in the province has welcomed the appointment of Mr. Lusambo has Provincial Minister.
Senior Chief Chiwala commended President Lungu for appointing Mr. Lusambo as Provincial Minister whom the Chiefs consider to be their own son since he hails from Lamba land.
The traditional leader said the royal highnesses in the province are looking forward to a cordial working relationship with Mr. Lusambo.
Senior Chief Chiwala said the traditional leaders are confident that Mr. Lusambo will deliver to the expectations of the royal highnesses and the people of the Copperbelt.