STEVEN MVULA, Kawambwa
PRESIDENT Lungu says Zambia is not a Cinderella Republic and so will not bow down to manoeuvres by some foreign powers that want to re-colonise it indirectly.
President Lungu said he is aware of a scheme by some foreigners plotting to indirectly govern Zambia.
He said this in his wrap-up views after inspecting the Kala Army Barracks of the special unit (commandos), the Marine 48.
“Zambia is not a Cinderella Republic. We will not listen to those telling us how to govern ourselves. You cannot bully us,” President Lungu said.
He said those threatening to withdraw aid can do so because Zambia is now on a path to becoming self-reliant by embracing hard work.
“Politically, we are strong, but economically, we are weak, so we ought to work hard so that no-one attempts to colonise us like some are trying to do.
“We should start to feed ourselves so that they don’t trespass into our politics. We need to start generating wealth,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said Zambia will not fall into the trap of foreign powers wanting to have a hand in its internal politics.
He said it is thus imperative that everyone begins to generate wealth by way of engaging in small-scale agricultural activities such as backyard gardens.
“Rearing small animals such as goats, sheep, chickens and so on can help generate wealth. Let us learn to have backyard gardens and feed ourselves,” President Lungu said.
The President has also said his administration has remained true to its promises.
“We are doing what we promised. Our vision is clear – to work for the vulnerable, the less privileged. We want to be judged by our works, and not promises,” he said.
President Lungu said that is why he is physically touring the country to see for himself that development is being delivered.
He is accompanied by Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela, Minister of Water Development Lloyd Kaziya, Zambia Army commander Paul Mihova and Patriotic Front deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya.