President Lungu yesterday told the People of Dundumwezi to forget about the past and look to the future with hope.
In 2016 General Elections, Dundumwezi constituency in Kalomo District, with a voter turn out of 79% gave President Lungu 252 votes and his main rival, Hakainde Hichilema, 30 810 votes.
Speaking when he toured Chief Chikantas area in Dundumwezi , the Head of State made it abundantly clear that he did not have any ill feelings towards the people of the area and promised them unprecedented development.
” A lot of things have been said about this area, a lot of things have been said about me. But when we meet like this, we begin appreciating each other more. ”
“Forget about your voting pattern, forget about the way you voted. Let’s look to the future because we are one Zambia one Nation. ”
“Am here so that I can see you, I can hear you and you can see me. So that I can appreciate you and you can appreciate me.” He said.
He Stated that the Presidents that had led the nation before him had all preached “One Zambia One Nation”
He said for that reason, his predecessor President Michael Chilufya Sata had visited the area in 2013 to concretise that point.
He also stated that it was for that reason he had appointed The Provincial Minister Hon. Edify Hamukale to join him in government.
Dundumwezi produces more maize than the entire Southern province. The Republican President assured their Royal Highnesses of government’s commitment to delivering development to their chiefdoms.
“We are aware that agriculture and livestock drive the economy in Kalomo district and Dundumwezi and our people can be assured of government’s assistance. The construction of Kalomo-Dundumwezi- Itezhi tezhi road will ease the movement of goods. We are grateful for the hospitality. I can tell that we are welcome,” said the head of state.
“Campaigns are long gone. Our only interest is the agenda to better the lives of our people. Once it is campaign time, the mood will speak for itself. This is time to work and we will deliver development even here,” he added.
President Lungu who is in Southern province on a Two day working visit is the second seating head of state and government to visit the agriculture rich and politically charged Dundumwezi constituency after the late founding leader of the Patriotic Front Mr Michael Chilufya Sata.
Speaking on behalf of other Southern province traditional leaders who met the Republican President Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu on arrival in Dundumwezi, Senior Chief Chikanta of the Tonga speaking people thanked the Head of State for working to unite the nation.
“We have been looking forward to your coming to Dundumwezi your Excellency. Your people have gathered in the arena awaiting to see you. We are very excited to have you here, you are welcome. As head of state, every part of Zambia is yours. You have brought us together as a people,” stated Senior Chief Chikanta.
The traditional leaders who encouraged President Lungu not to be swayed or distracted by those working against progress further assured him of their support in uplifting the living standards of ordinary citizens in their chiefdoms.
Chief Chikanta expressed gratitude to President Lungu for being the second President to have ever visited the area in his over 20 years as traditional leader.
He explained to the President that the reason his subjects had voted as they had in the last elections was because the area was grossly under developed and now that development to the area under President Lungus government was guaranteed, he foresaw a situation were there would be a change of mindset among his people .
Among the traditional leaders who received the Republican President include Chiefteness Mweenda of Mazabuka district, senior chief Sinazongwe of Sinazongwe distinct, Chiefteness Sikute of Kazungula district, Chief Simwatachela and chief Cooma of Choma district.