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President Lungu’s full Media Address to Journalists

Headlines President Lungu's full Media Address to Journalists

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen of the media.

I welcome you to state house, and I am delighted that we finally met with all of you.

I have been looking for this opportunity to simply meet you and to say thank you for the great work that you put in, day in day out, to contribute to the development of our great country.

I am trully honoured to host you and to assure you that as the fourth estate your role contributes immensely to our fledgling democracy.

Ladies and gentlemen:

The media can build or destroy a nation, therefore, let me urge you not to be swayed by the political shenanigans of the outside world as you do your professional work.

I am proud that since the patriotic government assumed office, there have been great developments in the media, including the digitising of the airwaves.

Conversely, we have seen the expansion of the media industry with the private sector taking the lead in the formation of radio and television companies.

We have also seen the recruitment of young Zambians to take up positions in these new broadcasting companies.

I know and understand that the same has not been the case in the print industry and the answer is simple; the world has moved onto online publications at a speed unimaginable since the advent of new media.

I, therefore, urge those of you who are still printing not to feel depressed, but to innovate so that you survive the harsh reality brought about by online publishing.

Let me dare say that there are still thousands of readers who would still prefer hard copies to online publishing.

Ladies and gentlemen:

While I applaud the great strides that you are making in your industry, I would be remiss if I did not point out my own observations regarding your products.

I have observed glaring disregard for journalism ethos coupled with sustained political bias. Much as I understand that I am the current tenant of state house, and I am susceptible to criticism, I am appalled at the amount of effort put in by you the media in seeing conflict between my political rivals and I.

Criticism is healthy in a democracy but surely those few politicians that are quoted on a daily basis are not the only Zambians who have voices. There are million voices out there with fair opinions who deserve to be heard.

I, therefore, urge you not to be crusaders of conflict between political players but to provide a forum for public discourse and compromise.

Ladies and gentlemen:

You need to create a chasm between journalism and social media craze. This, no one can do apart from yourselves.

Social media is for all; while journalism is for trained Communicaters. But if you allow all and sundry to masquerade as journalists, your profession will perish.

Ladies and gentlemen:

The coming of social media has meant individual citizens, themselves, passing content that they have no direct role in producing, and without verification.

With social media we have seen that the truth is less important and the more exaggerated or inaccurate the communication is, the more it seems to attract readership.

This is the tragedy that we face today.

The puzzle is whether our citizens are susceptible to believing what has come to be known as fake news.

As Walter Lippmann put it in 1920, “there can be no liberty for a community which lacks the information by which to detect lies.”

Ladies and gentlemen:

The question still stands; do our people believe everything they read on social media? If the answer is yes; then we need to find a way of educating them about how to detect lies in the information they come across; if no; then we need to use the same platform to reply to the purveyors of fake news and call their bluff.

Ladies and gentlemen:

Let me now discuss the general developments in our economy.

Government is committed to ensuring that debt is contained within sustainable levels through implementation of austerity measures. Inflation was contained within the target range of 6-8 percent in the first five months of 2019 supported by appropriate monetary policy interventions.

In the recent past, inflationary pressure increased mainly due to low agricultural output. Therefore, inflation increased to an average of 9.6 percent; thereby breaching the target range.

The exchange rate of Kwacha against major trading currencies has been relatively stable, averaging about K12.6 per united states dollars. Cost of borrowing domestically, however, has continued to be high.

Ladies and gentlemen:

My government has implemented a number of policy measures this year to maintain debt within sustainable levels, protect the vulnerable, and reduce the cost of running government. These include:

  1. Public Financial Management: my government operationalised the public finance management act of 2018. This is providing an institutional and regulatory framework for financial management, strengthening accountability, oversight and control of public funds for effective service delivery.

  1. Revenue enhancing measures: the roll out of the treasury single account was completed and digitising of government processes continued in 2019. This will improve revenue collection and enhance service delivery.

  1. Expenditure management: expenditure reducing measures have continued to be implemented. These include; limiting financing to projects that are at least 80 percent complete; implementation of cost cutting measures relating to travel of senior officials; protecting the vulnerable through ringfencing the resources to social sectors; and the cleaning up of the public service wage bill.

  1. Energy reforms: progress has been made on sector wide energy reforms, including electricity and petroleum. Government’s intention is to enable 100 percent private sector importation of fuel and get tariffs for electricity to cost reflective levels.

  1. Pension Reforms: government is cognisant that the pension systems in the current form are not sustainable, contributing to accumulating of arrears and affecting the livelihood of pensioners. Efforts are underway to restructure the social protection system in order to expand the scope of benefits under the national scheme and ensure sustainability of the pension system. Cabinet will soon be reviewing proposed reforms for approval.

  2. Debt Management: the medium-term debt strategy has been developed to inform the path for debt sustainability.

Ladies and gentlemen:

My government is convinced that as a country we are able to generate adequate resources internally to meet our ambitious development agenda.

However, it is regrettable to note that this has been compromised by low tax compliance level and leakages resulting from collusion between taxpayers and some of our officers. This compromises tax revenue collection and those found engaging in such illegal activities will be dealt with severely.

Ladies and gentlemen:

It is clear from numerous concerns raised that government needed to reverse the intention to replace value added tax (vat) with sales tax.

In view of this development, I expect the minister of finance through the commissioner-general of the Zambia revenue authority to ensure all compliance and administrative challenges surrounding vat are dealt with without fail.

Further, I expect the Zambia revenue authority to strengthen tax compliance and ensure integrity and professionalism among its staff.

In the same vein, let me implore the minister of finance to ensure skewed business activities in clearing and freight forwarding towards a few customs clearing agents is addressed.

This anomaly where over 80 percent of the customs clearance is done by a few clearing companies while over 800 small clearing companies are fighting for a paltry 20 percent should be corrected.

Conversely, since the enactment of the national construction council act of 2003, we have made great strides in ensuring that local contractors are empowered through the full implementation of the 20 percent subcontract policy.

It has been observed that there is no problem with contracts signed between government and foreign contractors yet there is a problem with contracts signed between foreign contractors and subcontractors in respect to rates applied, which are much lower for subcontractors.

More importantly, scope of works for local contractors are only on drainages and road markings. This has resulted in very limited skills transfer. Added to this, construction materials are procured at very high cost from the same foreign contractors.

The road development agency is, therefore, directed to carry out a review of all contracts signed between foreign contractors and local contractors and ensure strict compliance to this policy intended to create capacity building and empower local contractors. I expect a detailed report within 14 days.

Ladies and gentlemen:

In january 2018, I elevated the position of controller of internal audit to permanent secretary level to ensure effective controls are put in place for prudent utilisation of government resources.

For the office of controller of internal audit to be effective at all levels to promote accountability, there is urgent need for the secretary to the cabinet to introduce directorates of internal audit in all government ministries. These will be expected to report directly to respective controlling officers to provide necessary checks and balances.

This measure will address the existing irregularity of having directorates in ministries under the accountant general’s office while the controller of internal audit has none.

Ladies and gentlemen:

My government is convinced that meaningful jobs can only be created through industrialisation. Under the national industrial policy, government aims to promote an export-oriented industrialisation. So far, progress has been recorded in the export of products such as cement, honey and detergents in line with the national local content strategy.

In addition, locally owned small enterprises in fields such as carpentry and foundry are being supported through the establishment of industrial yards in Solwezi, Ndola, Kasama, Mongu and Chipata districts which are expected to be completed this year, while those in Kitwe, Lusaka and Mansa, will be completed in 2020.

Once completed, these yards will result in increased access to processing facilities and the creation of more than 4,000 direct jobs.

I therefore, direct the minister of commerce, trade and industry to ensure the completion dates for the industrial yards are not missed for our people to have access to these facilities.

Ladies and gentlemen:

We all know that many countries in the world, including our own, are facing a myriad of challenges today due to the impact of climate change.

On 13th September, 2019 when I told parliament about the devastating effects of climate change and how it was going to impact on our lives, some people made a joke out of it.

Two months later today, the country has felt the full import of climate change.

In my September speech, I said;

Climate change is a very serious matter that should not be taken lightly. The inability to have adequate water, generate enough power, grow enough food to feed our people, have all been greatly caused by the effects of climate change.

We all seriously need to understand and begin to appreciate this in detail and stop pointing fingers at each other for failure to Grow our economy at the desired pace.

My words still ring true to this very day.

What we should not entertain today are lamentations of yesteryear about who did what or did not do what; rather what we should entertain today is innovation for today and the future.

They say necessity is the mother of invention.

Ladies and gentlemen:

It is unfortunate that the power deficit in the country has impacted heavily on household level. It is regretable that small-scale businessmen, whose businesses depend on electricity, have had to endure long hours without electricity to power their businesses.

I feel for that barber who works hard to feed his family in Mandevu, Lusaka; I feel for that young beautician in Masala, Ndola, whose salon business is critically affected because of Load shedding; what about that welder in Chiwempala, Chingola who has had to work in the night because that is when power returns.

Ladies and gentlemen:

The lasting solution to the power deficit is more investment in renewable energy such as solar. To this effect, I expect Zesco limited to finish the solar project by mid-next year. This 120 mega watt solar pv under the getfit programme has six 20 mega watt projects and they will reach commercial operation date in the third quarter of 2020.

In the short term, however, my government has made a decision to import power from Eskom of south africa. The initial requirement is to pay 44 million United States Dollars of which 10 million United States Dollars has already been paid.

Next week, 14 million united states dollars will be paid and anytime soon therefafter, the rest of the amount will be settled.

These imports are a stop-gap measure as we wait for the coming on board of 750 mega watts of power from Kafue gorge lower in early march next year. The project is at 80 percent completion.

Our experts, on the other hand, have predicted that the 2019/2020 rainy season will give us normal to above normal rain. This means that in 2020, we expect our hydro-power stations to revert to normal production.

In addition, my government is scaling up power production from solar to mitigate the effects of climate change now and in future.

Ladies and gentlemen:

Interventions such as afforestation and reforestation, promotion of conservation farming and diversification of agriculture, are key in ensuring our environment is used in a sustainable way as we pursue our national developmental agenda.

Going forward, I am directing the minister of lands and natural resources to draw up programmes to sensitise citizens on the importance of engaging in sustainable agriculture, and preservation of our forests to mitigate effects of climate change.

Citizens must be encouraged to adopt tree-planting as a way of life to restore our natural forests.

Further, the ministry is expected to draw up robust programmes aimed at combating indiscriminate cutting of trees throughout Zambia.

Time to act is now, if nothing is done by ourselves now, I am afraid we are condeming future generations to even harsher climate change effects, and posterity will judge us harshly.

Ladies and gentlemen:

The performance of the agricultural sector has been drastically affected by the effects of climate change which include droughts, floods and the outbreak of pests and diseases caused by extreme temperatures.

The production of crops has declined and what is of great concern is that production of our country’s staple crop, maize has been declining.

The production of maize in the 2018/2019 farming season stood at two million and four thousand nine hundred and seven metric tonnes, from the 2017/2018 production of two million three hundred and ninety four thousand nine hundred and seven metric tonnes.

This represents a reduction of 16.3 percent.

The quantity of maize produced in the last farming season was only enough to meet our national consumption.

What has exerted pressure on our national food security, however, is rampant smuggling of maize and mealie meal to neighbouring countries and panic buying and speculation by some private sector players.

Further, the challenge of electricity power supply and loadshedding has increased the cost of production of mealie meal. All these factors have contributed to the increase in mealie meal prices.

Ladies and gentlemen:

My government has not just stood by. We are working round the clock to address the threats to our national food security.

My government has issued a statutory instrument on maize and mealie meal illegal exports. The SI will ensure that anyone found on the wrong side of the law is faced with harsh penalties, which include the extension of a custodial sentence for would be wrongdoers.

This measure is aimed at deterring potential wrongdoers from engaging in smuggling.

I wish to inform you that I am very happy with reports I am receiving that indicate that contingency measures are in place to ensure that there will be no shortages of maize and Mealie Meal from now going into the next harvest in 2020.

My government has also put in place measures that will ensure relief maize and Mealie Meal is available under the disaster management and mitigation unit.

Also, my government has partnered with millers in southern and western provinces to stabilise the supply of maize and mealie meal.

Ladies and gentlemen:

I wish to assure the nation that my government will not stand aside and allow a situation where mealie meal prices rise uncontrollably.

The food reserve agency has facilitated an agreement of private sector players, represented by the grain traders association of Zambia and the millers association of Zambia to ensure that maize supply and prices of mealie meal remain stable between now and the next harvest.

The agreement with the private sector is currently being actualised by the food reserve agency and very soon the benefits will be seen by all.

Ladies and gentlemen:

I have often shared that to resolve the issue of escalating mealie meal prices, the only sustainable solution is to increase maize production in the country. You will agree that production can only increase if farmers are paid what they deserve for their produce. I am, therefore, urging all farmers to go flat out to grow maize and other crops of their choice. I can assure you that your investment is safe and protected.

My government, in partnership with cooperating partners and the private sector, is aggressively promoting climate smart agriculture through physical and electronic methods.

With measures I have highlighted, coupled with the early distribution of inputs to farmers which government has managed to do, I am confident beyond any reasonable doubt that maize production will increase, come the end of the current farming season.

As an interim measure, I expect the minister of agriculture through the food reserve agency to find a way of offloading cheaper maize to millers to stabilise mealie meal prices on the market.

Ladies and gentlemen

The construction of dams, which is currently going on throughout the country, will lead to increased productivity. This will lessen dependancy on rainfed agriculture. This project will ensure agriculture activities are carried out throughout the year, thereby improving food security at household and national levels.

In addition, my government is working tirelessly to ensure that farmers have their inputs on time, and that all farmers that sold maize to the food reserve agency are paid promptly.

Given the favourable rain forecast for the 2019/2020 farming season and all things being equal, we are likely to have a good harvest in this farming season. Therefore, l, expect prices of mealie meal to stabilise at affordable levels.

Ladies and gentlemen:

Government has continued to invest in key health systems; namely Human Resources for Health, Health Care Financing, Health Infrastructure, Health Security, essential medicines, vaccines and medical supplies, among others.

Malaria accounts for 18% of all deaths in our health facilities but Zambia has recorded a 50 percent reduction in Malaria deaths in the last five years and this is due to interventions such as spraying.

During the 2017/2018 season, my government distributed 10.7 million nets and sprayed against mosquitoes 95 percent of the targeted households.

Zambia is on course to attaining HIV epidemic control by 2020 in line with the unaids global fast track targets of attaining 90.90.90. As at September 2019, Zambia stood at 92.90.89. The 90.90.90 targets call for at least 90 percent of people living with HIV knowing their HIV status.

Due to my government’s robust crusade against HIV/aids, at least 90 percent of those who are HIV positive are on Anti-Retroviral therapy and 90 percent of those on treatment are attaining viral suppression. Of the 1,2 million people living with HIV in Zambia, 1,070,000 are on Anti-Retroviral therapy and we are confident come 2020, the gap shall be closed.

Ladies and gentlemen:

My government is aiming to recruit 30,000 health care workers by 2021. As at October 2019, a total of 21,159 health care workers had been recruited.

In addition, the ministry targets to produce 500 medical doctors who are specialists in various fields by 2021 and as at October, 2019 a total of 250 specialists were in training. Further progress has been made in Operationalization of the Levy Mwanawasa Medical University, with 3,076 students enrolled in various health programs this year.

Ladies and gentlemen:

The National Health Insurance scheme will contribute to provision of sound financing to the health sector and catalyze Zambia’s attainment of universal health coverage.

On the other hand, the health sector continued establishing regional medical stores hubs with Chipata, Choma, Mansa, Mpika and Luanshya operational. In addition, medical stores this year expanded its storage capacity from 7,000 pallets to 32,000 pallets, a project which I commissioned.

Just last week huge consignments of assorted drugs for various ailments, including Malaria, Tuberculosis, and HIV were distributed to all provinces, a sign that the national health insurance act and the drug policy are already having a positive in fact.

And out of the 650 health posts under construction, a total of 362 have been completed and in use, with 59 completed in 2019. A total of 20 mini hospitals out of the 108 have reached 90 percent completion.

Out of the 36 district hospitals under construction, seven have been completed in 2019 bringing the total number to 16. Two general hospitals are under construction in Petauke and Chinsali and are at 90 percent and 80 percent completion, respectively.

Ladies and gentlemen:

Let me conclude my remarks by thanking cooperating partners who have so far mobilised 24.1 million united states dollars towards humanitarian response in areas were there have been a food deficit due to climate change.

The disaster management and mitigating unit has since released 55,000 tonnes of relief food to the affected districts and an operational cost of eighteen million, six hundred and fifty one thousand, one hundred and forty eight Kwacha across the country, benefifiting approximately 2.3 million people.

In addition, government has been drilling boreholes in areas that have been experiencing water shortages owing to the drought situation. These bores have been put in Mpika, Nyimba, Kazungula, Luanshya, Gwembe and Choma, among other areas, in collaboration with other cooperating partners.

Ladies and gentlemen:

I could go on and on discussing what government is doing for the good of the country but I know that today you have had your fill. Suffice it to say thank for coming, I am really happy to have you and I now invite a few questions.

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    • But energy were nowhere to rolling. We are sluggish.
      Self reliance on energy is what I would term rolling.
      We have to feel the energy buzz.

    • I dont understand why President Lungu does not regularly address the media. The man has proven to me today he means well for Zambia and his demeanour and way he answered questions is more presidential. We missed you Mr. President, and from the bottom of my heart, well done. You hGe my vote come 2021

    • Thank you Mr President for giving insights in how you are seeing or perceiving things from plot one. However, with regards to the pressing issue of energy you have not addressed what the government is doing to address this elephant in the room, but you have decided to ignore or just touch on the issue lightly. That left alone, I was expecting to seeing how you intended to grow the economy may be through expanding exports (manufactured goods) to generate real money and not the kwacha you are targeting through ZRA. On agriculture it is not clear how you ware changing the current status of farmer depending on rain feed crop.

    • Koma nati ni small god, these Haka Haka lenses are not working for some people. They cannot see may be Hankombo, might bring new lenses.

  1. No matter how good one will be its a human nature to always find faults in the other fellow.

    Not only did the president speak on several developmental projects that the Government is doing and implementing but we are all aware that the current Government is working tirelessly to ensure that our Economy is stable, We get to have power back in our homes and work places, Ensure that farmers are given the right inputs inorder to improve and grow the agriculture sector in Zambia, Engage investment in the energy sector etc among many more and yet we all choose to still talk when we needed him(The President) to adress the Nation on such issues.

    • I will not waste my time listening to Lungu, nothing of substance should be expected to come out of this Man.
      I won’t even attempt to read the drivel in the article.

  2. Clearly we have wrong people advising our president or is it him? Surely we have pressing issues and you sit and prepare such propaganda?? Journalists have read or heard this stories unless they are lazy. Mr. President please spare this long story and address pertinent issues. Dollar averaging 12.60??? Clearly there is problem. It has been around 13.20 for some. This a clear indication that you are out of touch and your advisers keep lying to you.

  3. Ladies & Gentlemen, my Government has continued developing this beautiful nation of Zambia, hence I’ve ensured we continue developing by giving you Sturdy Mwale.

  4. Climate change did not start. If the government is visionary enough they could have mitigated what we are going through ‘thanks to climate change’ way back and by now we could have been benefiting from the very effects of climate change by exporting excess power to neighbouring countries. Now we are ploughing through because nothing was planned.

    • the Bible says an enemy multiplies kisses, open rebuke is better than hidden love. Where is love if you fail to rebuke or correct someone huh.

  5. Too little too late mr president, work done is equal to zero. It might appear that you were working but in reality because of bad policies and misplaced priorities the achievements have been minuscule. Take for example the fire trucks, the ndola road and illegal stay of ministers where was your sound judgment on this how did they pass under your watchful eyes. This address for me is simply you admitting failure. Your government has incurred costs on a lot of unnecessary things and what the country is facing today is the cost forgone by you making bad economic choices. BOZ governor says the our GDP has been free falling for a few years now what is your take on that?

  6. For me this is more like remembering to build lifeboats when the ship is already sinking.where have your ears been mr president when people and opposition have been crying out to you. You already had this chance people gave you to lead this great nation don’t expect people to give you another term because quite frankly you and your government don’t deserve another chance but you owe it to the people of Zambia do deliver what you promised in the time you have left before next elections.


  8. It was a great speech,of course, others will condemn it.Life is like that.As human beings we hate each other for various reasons.
    I like the president’s abilities of replying to journalists.He was smart and truthful.Mostly I like the part of his reconciliation with CK essential for the private meeting held in the priest’s office.

  9. Lungu said the right things people wanted to hear…….only deeds remain to be seen.

    However it is important to note everything now depends on good rainfall. And below average rainfall will cause massive problems for lungu….

    He said the right things, doing those things is another matter…….

    I dought PF and lungu have the capacity to deliver….

    the rot is too far gone.

  10. Well done Mr President. This is what the public needs from their leader which is leadership. We will be expecting more of such press conferences from you Sir. That is the best way of dealing with social media gossip (fake news) and speculations as well as wild statements from your adversaries.
    The press conference system will give a chance to clear issues of reported corruption etc so the public is better informed.
    Well done Mr President.

  11. If lungu says the media has been unfair how about state owned media with its bias towards the opposition? HH has been trying to help with water situation, generators and mealie meal but you have put state machinery to oppose the opposition and yet you are calling everyone to work with your government. Why are you silent on these ministers paying our money back? Social media is what has pushed this government to act and I know government is afraid of private media thats why you killed the post a zambian company and yet you keep these tax defaulting parastatals.

    • Who is HH anyway…A privatisation crook who has hidden the privatisation loot in the paradise papers and fails to articulate economic issues of the country because he suffers from acute inferiority complex and worships a white man because he has no ideological identity, and mostly important he’s a sadist and dictate who doesn’t want to be scrutinised as well as criticised by anybody…

    • Fwanya. Your Lungu is the biggest crook of all. Lungu has even robbed the poorest of people in Zambia. Lungu has robbed people their freedom, dignity as Zambian people as well as their resources. A coward of a president who thinks by bringing the media he is going receive some relief with the disaster that is about to unfold in his government soon. If you talk about privatisation 20 years ago please tell me now what is going on in the mines under your lungu are they functional? What was almost happening with the government selling the national park? Lungu destroyed lives of the many workers of the Post News Paper for his selfish gain, what did Zambia benefit from that when his parastatal companies owe more tax? If he is a genuine lawyer why did he mislead his ministers to stay in office…

    • Fwanya. Your lungu is the one who is a dictator a wolf in sheep skin who is preventing better leaders than himself from engaging the public. If you want anyone to blame on privatisation which took place over 20 years ago blame your fathers and grandfathers for being quiet and silent when the sale took place. Even now why has the government not taken control of the mines is they are capabl? Your lungu appoints a teacher to run a ministry of mines what logic is in that? Truth be told lungu doesn’t sleep at night because his time out power will be tough for him and you are the same people who will be begging for whoever president that comes to take it easy on him because of his old age. Let him prepare because for what he has made his friend’s go through he will go through double because…

    • Continued: there is no honor for a thief in the end. The people have woken and lungu as well as any other president that comes after him won’t have it easy to do as they please anymore, people are now well informed and that’s why he is scared of the social media.

  12. Well done Mr President ! Your speech was very nice and inspiring. Even the doubting thomas have been convinced that we have a good President who means well for this country. Keep it up sir ! U made my day and long live mother Zambia.

    • A good President shows it through his or her actions. Lungu’s words and actions never correlate at all says one thing and does another. Whybis lungu afraid of the media especially social media, this is an era of information and many will be informed let lungu deal with the fact some information will be damaging to his government and party. By calling the media houses lungu simply wants the media to take it easy on him with what is yet to be unearthed in his government. He oppresses the opposition and expects everyone to be OK with that? Never.

  13. Mere politicking by lungu…..trying to salvage his rapidly fading popularity….a case of being reactive

    Take the PF thugs terrorising people for a ransom at bus stops and markets, it had to take HH to issue an ultimatum….

  14. Rome was not bult in one day.So those who are waiting for the new president after 2021 to start working hard,how are they going to develop the whole country in jst 5 yrs?? Your hatred for the president is what makes you fail to see developments.I luv PF supporter because they don’t insult back even when their president is insulted.Hatred can not build the nation.IT’S WHAT CAN I DO FOR MY COUNTRY & NOT WHAT MY COUNTRY CAN DO FOR ME.

    • M

      This is a new era and no one should be limited to past records. If Rome was not built in one day back then today to show how people have progressed, developed and advanced they should definitely build Rome in one day. Referring to past impossibilities will hinder people from progressing. We have people everyday who have been breaking past records because they never allowed that record to deter them, but got motivated by the record to do better that it stood.

    • Continued: people are breaking and setting new records today. Such people don’t see barriers but see challenges to overcome or opportunities to take. Such “I can’t do” sayings as rome was not built in one day are excuses for failure. God forbid that our children pick up on such because those sayings simply make people become fearful to attempt anything to propel them in life because according to them it can’t be done and there is a record to prove the failure. When one breaks a record setting a new one they stay at the summit and inspire others with a can do attitude who will one day also set a new record.

    • M
      If you want proof just look at Sturdy Mwale. He has taken over six years to finish a project that should have taken 18 months why? Because in his own thinking Rome was not built in one day. Twapita mukwai naba sendamepo bwino mukwai

  15. My word! This ECL is a worm!
    Is he serious?
    “Two months ago, I warned about climate change, today we are seeing the effects” !
    And this thing threatening journalists?
    There is nothing he has written here that has addressed anything concrete.

  16. Well, president ECL at present is the Republican President. He should do his part and every well meaning Zambian should by all means brain storm and just see what he/she can do for mother Zambia. For once let’s support our presidency for common good. While prooving relavance as alternatives. Zambia is for all of us. Their is no harm to provide solutions when faced was with a crisis like these. Honnestry things are not well how can we move out of this situation as a united entity? This question should go beyond simple politicking . any reasonable national assembly should rock brain’s in that. My president God knows you have done your part. Its wrong to suggest that only one person in Zambia can solve all the problems the country is facing. Holding the office of presidency is not the…

  17. There is no excuse as to why ordinary zambians need to be subjected to the harsh realities of that economy..I cant believe the country is still depending on the rains to grow maize and the over dependency on maize? is still the norm!!!! why not diversify in food production?? Yes ECL might have responded well for the first time but suffice to state that nothing is further from the truth..the majority of zambians are still experiencing hunger and with hunger, one cannot claim to say the economy is doing well..

  18. How I wish Luapula ,Northern ,Muchinga and Noth Western provinces could become the hubs of agriculture in Zambia the food shortages would not have been the talk of the day.Soils are rich with plenty of rains…….

  19. Okay so maybe that was what was expected of the President to say. However, apart from the issue of mealie meal, in which I didn’t see how he is addressing escalating prices, I expected him to address social serious social issues street children, girl child early marriages, child health care, lack of medicines in hospitals. The President also should have addressed the issue of poor quality education in our schools and universities.

  20. Mr president as a social media journalist I have one question for you. Sir is climate change only in Zambia? I ask so because it seems to me that South Africa or Mozambique where we want to import electricity from are not experiencing climate change right? If these countries are experiencing the same climate change as Zambia please tell the truth between the differences of your government and that of these two nations it seems they have more competent and progressive leaders than we do.

    • Do you read? If you do you will have seen that South Africa has been hit with load shedding too. Even right now as we speak

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Move by ZRA to Audit Churches Questioned

LUSAKA clergyman Bishop Simon Chihana says Zambia Revenue Authority’s declaration that it will be auditing churches in Zambia cannot go without comment. Bishop Chihana, the...

Installation of communication towers in rural areas has helped in the improvement of service delivery

President Edgar Lungu will be remembered for taking telecommunication services closer to the people with the aim of easing communication challenges, says Transport and...

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