Peoples’ Party (PP) President Mike Mulongoti has urged President Edgar Lungu to focus on working and not politicking.
In a statement today, Mulongoti observed that the head of state has concentrated on fighting his opponents as opposed to executing his executive duties.
Mr Mulongoti said President Lungu was wasting state resources on fighting Chishimba Kambwili and Mwenye Musenge instead focus on issues of development and improved service delivery.
He pointed out that much of President Lungu’s reign, from the time he was sworn in has been spent on politicking and fighting personal battles at the expense of the major issues that affect the country.
For more, here is the entire statement from Mike Mulongoti:
*LUNGU SHOULD FOCUS ON WORKING AND NOT POLITICKING*
Edgar Lungu should stop wasting state resources on fighting Chishimba Kambwili and Mwenye Musenge but instead focus on issues of development and improved service delivery.
The bulk of Edgar Lungu’s reign, from the time he was sworn in as republican president, has been spent on politicking and fighting personal battles at the expense of the major issues that affect our country.
Watching him officiate at the Luapula Expo yesterday shows that he would rather spend most of his time talking about his political opponents instead of underlining investment opportunities and prospects that Luapula province offers.
This goes to show that his main motive of travelling to Luapula province is to drive his 2021 presidential bid and do damage control on the negative impact of the PF expelling Kambwili and Musenge.
Whats is depressing about this whole debacle is that he is doing this using state resources on the guise that he performing state duties when in actuality he is just campaigning and lobbying to be the PF sole candidate for 2021.
Lungu has so much work cut out for him to do and should seriously start working. We have acute and alarming levels of corruption, alarming levels of unemployment, fragile health facilities and services, high basic commodities prices among many other challenges that Zambians are facing.
Two weeks from now, Lungu would have clocked exactly one year as president of Zambia. Whats saddening is that there is nothing tangible to put to his name apart from his trips outside the country, diminishing human rights record and his brutal assault on the opposition and his never ending, intolerance levels for dissenting views.
It’s evident that Lungu’s preoccupation is 2021. This is utterly shocking because we still have four years before elections.
It certainly clear that he is not interested in developing the country and improving the living standards of the general citizenry but instead just wants to tighten his grip on power.
It’s too early to start intra party wrangles at the expense of development. The problem is that clearly Edgar Lungu has picked so many fights within the PF, outside the PF, the Church, Traditional chiefs and even with some international political observers such as NUMSA.
All this is swaying him from focusing on the issues that matter and will develop the country. He needs to grow a thick skin, accept criticism and set his mind on making Zambia a better place than he found it.