I will not succumb to un-substantiated calls to fire alleged non-performing ministers – President Lungu

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President Edgar Lungu speaking to Journalists shortly after his arrival from United Nations (USA) Annual General Meeting Assembly at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu speaking to Journalists shortly after his arrival from United Nations (USA) Annual General Meeting Assembly at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

President Edgar Lungu says he will not succumb to un-substantiated calls from members of the general public who are calling on him to act on alleged non-performing senior government officials.

And President Lungu has clarified that he did not go to Mfuwe for a holiday to conspire against any Minister or any senior government official as speculated on social media that he would make changes to his government upon arrival from his holiday.

The President said he is in charge of government and that he would only take action against any erring government official based on the truth and not on rumors or speculation from the media or people.

President Lungu said no amount of pressure from members of the opposition or of ruling PF party would force him to act against any government official saying some people were doing everything possible to pull others down.

He said that there was too much falsehood in both the opposition and the ruling political parties which he said if not taken carefully, can lead him to making wrong actions against innocent officials.

He said those that have evidence to prove that one of his cabinet members has done wrong should present it to him so that he can take action as opposed to speculating without proof.

And President Lungu has clarified that he did not go to Mfuwe for a holiday to conspire against any Minister or any senior government official as speculated on social media that he would make changes to his government upon arrival from his holiday.

“I didn’t go for a holiday to conspire against people whom you think have done wrong but if anyone has done wrong bring the evidence to me quietly and I will follow it up. But if it is in the public domain, take it to the agencies of the state, the police, ACC and whosoever but if it is political bring it to me and I will look at it and I have always done that,” President Lungu stated.

President Lungu has therefore warned that those in his administration who are not willing to support his vision because they want him to fail will be pushed out.

He noted that he expect all civil servants to share his vision which he spelled out when he addressed parliament last week saying those that are not willing to do so will be removed.

He said as President of the country he is the vision carrier which should be supported by all public servants if he is to serve Zambians to their expectations.

The President was speaking to journalists at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport upon arrival from New York in America where he went to attend the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.

The President arrived back home this afternoon at about 16:00 hours local time and was received by Vice President Inonge Wina who led cabinet Minister and other senior government and party officials.

President Edgar Lungu wave the party symbol shortly after his arrival from United Nations (USA) Annual General Meeting Assembly at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu wave the party symbol shortly after his arrival from United Nations (USA) Annual General Meeting Assembly at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu speaking to Journalists shortly after his arrival from United Nations (USA) Annual General Meeting Assembly at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu speaking to Journalists shortly after his arrival from United Nations (USA) Annual General Meeting Assembly at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu being welcomed by Lusaka Province mayor Wilson Kalumba shortly after his arrival from United Nations (USA) Annual General Meeting Assembly at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu being welcomed by Lusaka Province mayor Wilson Kalumba shortly after his arrival from United Nations (USA) Annual General Meeting Assembly at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu speaking to Justice Minister Given Lubinda and Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe on his arrival from United Nations (USA) Annual General Meeting Assembly at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu speaking to Justice Minister Given Lubinda and Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe on his arrival from United Nations (USA) Annual General Meeting Assembly at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu wave the party symbol to the PF members shortly after his arrival from United Nations (USA) Annual General Assembly Meeting at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu wave the party symbol to the PF members shortly after his arrival from United Nations (USA) Annual General Assembly Meeting at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

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    • He has no shame at all…he has again hired a private jet – Vista Jet. You can see their website….reckless empty tin.

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    • He’s scared of doing what is right because he has done so many wrong things that his ministers know. That’s what corruption does. You can’t clean dishes using slime.

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    • I think his alleged wife is still in New York. Eddy is a wimpy.
      I liked Chiluba, even fired/changed ba Miyanda, Sata, Nawakwi and Very.

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    • The president himself is non performing. How can he fire his fellow non performers. He knows the one area his ministers are performing and one such example is the procurement of second hand fire tenders from the second highest bidder, from a company which was only registered less than a year of operation and finally at an inflated figure. That’s your president for u.

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    • Oh he has a vision now? He says we should support his vision, bjt has he endeavoured to share his vision FOR THE COUNTRY with the citizens of the country?

      Just for the record it is you Mr president upon returning from your visit to the C/belt in July who declared that you will soon be firing non performing ministers. This information was unsolicited

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    • Its you whose none performing how can 42 million dollars be removed from the treasury without your knowledge and claim to be incharge of government

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  1. how can you fire non performing ministers when u the supreme leader you are not working too but global trotting,leaders who spend time analyzing issues and apply outside the box mindset can see that there is serous problems which require effective ministers and other govt officials.we all smell our poop when we are in the toilet but others who will enter few minutes will feel the smell.

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    • should have read,smell our poop when it comes out but later we dont feel the smell because we become one with it,

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    • Always be wary of people who answer questions they have not been asked.

      This has nothing to do with non performing ministers.
      It is about trying to change the subject from the looting of national resources.

      Typical non performing President Lungu, always OFF BEAT and singing from the wrong hymn

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  2. Mr. President you are doing a great job with your ministers! Please don’t listen to UPND empty tins! They make a lot of noise! They have lost five times and they are still losers! And they will be losers! They are jealous a lot!

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    • @Sharon, Not everyone is UPND and not everything UPND is best for this country! That doesnt absolve the PF government from listening to all the voices in Zambia. The last time I checked won only 5.04 of the vote! Marginally by all standards.

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  3. Mr. President next time please carry their boss HH even in the suitcase! He might feel better! He too has a heart problem!

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  4. Well Mr President, it appears there is an impasse and in an impasse something has to give. In this case, who do you think will give – you or the people that elected you? In my considered opinion, you have to give or you can start counting down to your last day in office.The Zambian Presidential office is very fluid.

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  5. Surely how can they IMF get such reckless tin a loan when he chartering private jets from vistajet.com …happy to spend spend like a King.

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    • He had time to stay in NY for 6 days reading speeches and drinking…what more time would he waste flying business class for 16 hours on two commerical flights? Its not like the lazy sod has pressing issues to attend to..

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    • Yes, a business class on SAA or Emirets would not kill him. Sata did that. But this ones wants to behave like a king..

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  6. @HaJayJay when are you going to move a motion in parliament to have HH coronated as Paramount Chief of the Namwala people?

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  7. Well said Mr President.there is too much pull him down sydrome in Zambia.
    Plus upnd has too much jealous for PF Govnt so it must be ignored.
    PF Govnt is working very hard and if you continue working hard like this,by 2021 Zambia will develop a lot!!
    US ZAMBIANS WHO VOTED FOR PF ARE VERY HAPPY WITH YOUR DAILY WORKS AND WE SHALL VOTE FOR YOU IN 2021 TOO-GOD WILLING!!upnd cadres have nothing to do with PF Govnt,so they will never appreciate whatever done by PF,so WHY LISTEN TO THEM?ba upnd just wait for your govnt in 2099,so let PF leaders work in peace!!

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  8. This man took a horde of cadres to the USA depleting the government of all the monies. Civil servants whose salaries is nothing cannot even be paid up to now and only God knows when those little peanuts will be paid and someone decided to chatter a plane at a great cost to take cadres to USA to drink, dance and watch President Trump from a distance. Lungu the ‘humble’ leader has no heart for others. He is such a good pretender.

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  9. Kulibonesha ta!! It is cheaper to be on commercial aircraft or simply delegate to VP. after all there is no real message to deliver at the GA other than being opportunistic, talking about North Korea!!! THINGS THAT DOES NOT EVEN INVOLVE US!!!

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    • From where he is standing in the door way that looks like a large aircraft capable of taking more than 30 people..its a shame their is no photo of the tail number to check more details.

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  10. We don’t want unstable governance. During President Kaunda’s time the Western media accused him of cabinet reshuffles as often as shaking peas in a packet!

    It does not lead to successful performance breaking in new members for senior political positions. Far better to improve performance measures and maybe micro managing to make sure of delivery.

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    • Micro managing is bad -you’re not encouraging folks to think ,plan and eventually build a foundation of working on their own.

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  11. Patriot abroad they say do it right the first time. Appoint star performers the first time to avoid firing them.

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  12. Lungu we need to stop this wasteful practice of govt officials rushing to KKIA to waste precious time on your welcoming ceremony instead of doing productive work.
    You’re the #1 person who’s actually guilty of reinforcing non performing culture.

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  13. This is hopeless how does a president in his normal frame of mind put the burden of investigating of corruption on citizens. Then why do we have ACC?
    Infact where is the proof on which you acted upon to fire chishimba kambwili’s? Your fight for and against corruption is corrupt ba lungu.

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  14. Jonathan has no idea why people are complaining, he’s been too busy flying from place to place to notice anything.
    Asking Jonathan to sort out the incompetent ministers is one indirect way of asking him to fire himself.

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    • This Bum is detached from reality …if he had clued up advisers they would have advised him to fly to RSA direct then connect with commercial aircraft either Proflight or SAL. ..no way they were all drinking in NY

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  15. Well he’s the definition of ‘incompetence’, isn’t he? I don’t understand why he keeps on saying “if you have evidence… bring it to me or take it to ACC”. First the evidence is right in front of him and if he can’t ‘see’ it then he’s incompetent himself. He should be the one seeing the evidence first before any member of the public.
    Secondly he knows he’s full of it. He knows very well that the law enforcement agencies are political tools who operate on his instructions. Let him point to us which minister has been investigated and prosecuted while serving in his cabinet. But as soon as they fall out of favour, the cops and ACC rush to record caution statements ala Kambwili).

    This dude is corrupt and incompetent and he knows it himself.

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  16. IWE JONA, WHAT EVIDENCE ARE YOU LOOKING FOR??
    Kaizer assaulted a female cop in full view of thousands @ Disaster stadium ,you Jona included. We can excuse U for not seeing things as U were totally Drunk as usual, but with all the evidence, you still show your corrupt weakness by saying “we are still investigating”
    We know Kaizer your enforcer for Corruption & Thuggery, hence Zambia has turned into just that, Corrupt & violent.
    Keep eating while you & your cronies enjoy your visionless leadership!

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  17. Why are some people complaining, ECL has come out clean for those who were calling firing of one Felei Mutato. He is the VISION carrier of the nation. He cant just act on mere speculation from within PF, the opposition of the general public. Shame on those who want to award others PHD’s. Whats wrong with including a few PF cadres in the delegation to USA? Those are benefits of belong to the ruling party. The cadres need external exposure so that they become well informed of what is going on in other parts of the world.

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  18. first evidence I can give you is all those government official standing at the airport just to touch your hand…so who was working yesterday!
    It only in Zambia where colonial practice of standing at the airport waiting for the “King” is still being carried on! this country is shambolic!

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  19. Am still waiting to hear how successful your trip to the UNGA was and why you ferried party cadres and musicians in a chartered plane.This rhetoric about our opinions on your non performing ministers who are perfect copies of you sucks.

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    • Those are your leaders my dear…kikiki. Any marketeer can lead in Zambia ever since you devalued education….

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  20. It is clear that the president is hated by some people for no apparent reason. We here a lot about corruption this and that. I thought from this fora people have been talking with evidence or some leading truth regarding the corruption issues that are raised here. The man has said give him something to work with. So instead of insulting him please let some corruption evidence begin rolling through. Thereafter if he does not do anything then you can get upset with him. Now everything the president says some people get angry. This is exactly what happened during the petition hearing. The court was asking for 14 days; give us some evidence of rigging or electoral malpractice , nothing was coming through until 14 days expired. We keep repeating the same.

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  21. Lungu u mean u can’t see evidence yourself in your corrupt ministers.
    42 fire trucks @ 1 million US Dollars each. 1 million dollar multiply by K10 per each truck. How much is that? Even your grand child in grade 1 can see corruption in your government. Come 2021 u’ll cry like your friend Rupiah Nyama Soya Banda. You hate the poor pipo and shield your corrupt ministers like Kampyongo. I regret even voting for you in 2016.

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