STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu says he is ready to dialogue with those willing to discuss national issues, including the constitution review process.
And President Lungu has laughed off assertions that he is scared of losing the 2016 elections.
Speaking to journalists at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka shortly before departure for a three-day working visit to the North-Western Province yesterday, the President said his administration has been engaging progressive political parties on a number of national issues.
â€œAs a Government, we mean well in everything we do. And we do talk to each other. Those who want to remain behind will do so,â€ President Lungu said.
He also said Government is committed to completing all the development projects it embarked on in order to improve peopleâ€™s welfare.
â€œTake for example the case of Ngabwe, which has made so much news of late, it is not true that it has been in existence for over 50 years.
â€œNgabwe was created about two years ago and the delay in constructing district offices is due to various reasons such as where to put the civic centre or Boma and so forth. I will, however, instruct the Minister at State House [Mulenga Sata] to take you [journalists] there and see the progress made so far,â€ President Lungu said.
Asked whether he is scared of losing the 2016 elections as claimed by former minister of Justice Sebastian Zulu, the President laughed and remarked: â€œMe?Â Do I look scared?â€
Patriotic Front (PF) deputy secretary-general Mumbi Phiri, special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda and political affairs aide Kaiser Zulu, among others, accompanied the President.
Meanwhile, PF Lusaka Province youth chairperson Kennedy Kamba reiterated Mr Lunguâ€™s sentiments that the President is not scared of losing the 2016 elections.
â€œPresident Lungu is winning with a whitewash victory in 2016. Zambians will look at his works,â€ Mr Kamba said in an interview before seeing off President Lungu.
Mr Kamba said the PF is attracting a huge following including Dora Siliya, Bowman Lusambo, Lameck Mangani and many more, especially from the United Party for National Development (UPND).
â€œCome what may, the PF is winning convincingly in 2016. Our works will speak for us and the UPND is losing its senior members to us,â€ he said.
STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka