SOUTHERN PROVINCE chiefs have welcomed President Edgar Lungu who is in the province to address various development agenda’s for the province.
Receiving the head of state at his palace Snr Chief Mweemba of the Tonga people of Sinazongwe said President Lungu is the Head of State and as traditional leaders they are privileged to have him want to work with them.
The Chief Mweemba announced that as Snr Chief in the valley region he wanted to convey that they were receiving the head of state with open arms.
“We are the valley chiefs and we receive your with open arms… we receive you with both our hands… we are privileged to have you here,” Snr Chief Mweemba said.
And in response President Lungu thanked their Royal Highnesses for their warm welcome.
He noted that he wanted to work with all traditional leaders in his development agenda but noted that those who did not want to partner with government would not halt government plans.
He re-echoed his statement by saying, “those who do not want to work with us please, step aside and let us work.”
Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu says he is done with politicking and wants to divert his energy to the development of Zambia.
Speaking when he visited Sinazongwe district Nzenga Farm on the occasion of the national field day by NWK Agri-services, President Lungu observed that government wanted to partner with great initiatives such as the cotton farming at Nzenga farm to help develop Zambia.
He observed that the time for politicking was long over and between now and 2021 he wanted to make a positive difference to the development of Zambia.
President Lungu observed that government was not an island that can work alone if they wanted to successfully develop Zambia.
He observed that various stakeholders needed had key roles to play and his government was ready to partner with these stakeholders.
President Lungu noted traditional leaders, the private sector and the community and key stakeholders in the development of any region.
He advised the private sector to not fear government offices when they have challenges and requested that they always maintain an interactive approach in their business.
“Together we can develop Zambia. Your issue of the tractors we shall look into it and table it. We are interested in partnering with great projects like this one, We are tired of politics, it’s time to work we will get back to politics in 2021,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said government would strive to create a conducive environment for businesses to flourish as their growth greatly contributes to the development of Zambia.