PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has expressed disappointment with the way the electronic- voucher (E-Voucher) system was being handled.
The President told hundreds of people who thronged the Chipata airport today that he was disappointed that there was a lot of excuses with the issue of E-voucher.
”I am very disappointed with the issue of electronic voucher system. Banks are saying are facing difficulties with some cards and how possible is that?” he asked.
President Lungu said the issue of E-voucher should not arise in the delivery of farming inputs to the farmers.
He said challenged the people involved to be honest with the issue of the E-voucher system.
The President said he was in Eastern Province for a fact finding mission on the issue of arm worms and Input distribution exercise in which said he had received a number of complaints.
Mr Lungu warned civil servants who were under performing that they of risk being fired from the public service.
He said he was aware that some people were not working stating that he would hesitate to replace those with people who would working.
He said he was dismayed that 117 metric tonnes of relief food under Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit destined to Mambwe district went missing.
President Lungu directed the police to investigate the matter and answers should be provided with urgency.
On unity,the President said he would not allow faction in the Patriotic Front(PF).
He said PF members should welcome new members either from UPND or MMD in order to continue strengthening the ruling party.
President Lungu said he was following the late president Michael Sata was preaching about unity of purpose in the party.
And Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni People said there was need to deliver fertilizer to farmers.
He said he was not happy that there was a delay in the deliver of fertilizer to farmers.
The Chief said when President Lungu paid a courtesy call on him at his palace that farmers who have not received the farming inputs like fertilizer would be disadvantaged.
He commended the Head of State for carrying out a fact finding missions in the selected districts of Eastern Province.
He revealed that his chiefdom had not been affected with the army worms.
In response,President Lungu said there was need for the country to increase its production.
He said this would be achieved with the early distribution of farming inputs.
President Lungu said next year’s farming season should not face some challenges like the way It was now.
President Lungu was on his three day working visit in the Province.
He was received at the airport by Eastern Province Minister Makebi Zulu,Provincial PF Chairperson Andrew Lubusha,Sports Minister Moses Mawere,Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale and other senior Government as well party officials.
He is accompanied by Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe,Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda,Deputy Secretary to Cabinet Christopher Mvunga,Deputy PF Secretary General Mumbi Phiri and Member of Central Committee Samuel Mukupa.