Lungu talks tough on violence

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he will not tolerate acts of sectionalism and violence particularly those which are ethnically or politically dividing the nation.

Speaking during the 2015 Likumbi Lyamize traditional ceremony of the Luvale speaking people of Zambezi in North Western Province yesterday, President Lungu said he would fight any vices that promote disunity in the country.

“In our quest to fight vices that trigger disunity in the nation, I wish to state that my government shall not tolerate acts of sectionalism and violence particularly those which are ethnically or politically motivated because we are one Zambia one nation,” President Lungu said.

He reminded traditional leaders that the forefathers that fought for the country’s independence paid a high price… “Let us not forget that our forefathers paid a high price for them to lay a firm and strong foundation for us to coexist as one people regardless of our heterogenic affiliations or persuasions.”

President Lungu said it was the responsibility of all Zambians to guard jealously the peace that the country has enjoyed even in the midst of ethnic diversity.

He appealed to all traditional leaders to unite and be ambassadors in the promotion of peace and unity among Zambians.

The Head of State said his administration was resolved to drive the development agenda to all parts of the country, adding that this could be done and achieved in an atmosphere of coexistence.

And President Lungu has urged the people of North Western Province to discard traditional practices that did not add value to the wellbeing of the people of Zambia.

President Lungu also acknowledged the unemployment levels in the country as a source of concern and assured the people in the province that government was doing everything possible to arrest the situation.

“In view of this I wish to direct the national coordinator in the office of the Vice President to deploy a team of experts to Zambezi West to conduct a comprehensive assessment of all the bridges that require immediate attention so as to avert possible threats to our people,” President Lungu said.

And chief Mumena of solwezi told President Lungu that the Likumbi Lyamize was not about harvest but peace and unity. Chief Mumena thanked President Lungu for showing the region love peace and unity.