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Quit or I’ll force you out, warns President

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NANCY SIAME, MAPALO LUPUPA, Chinsali    
PRESIDENT Lungu says the statement issued by his special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda that civil servants seeking adoption for political office must disengage from the civil service is a full representation of his position and is final.
And Isoka residents yesterday mobbed the President as he toured the market and inspected projects.
Mr Lungu said all concerned people must comply with the directive because he does not want them to use public office to their own advantage.
He said this in Chinsali yesterday when he addressed hundreds of people at the central business district.
“The statement issued by my spokesperson has my blessing and it must be taken seriously. I do not want to start forcing people out of their offices,” Mr Lungu said.
The President also appealed to aspiring candidates to desist from telling people that he has endorsed them.
Mr Lungu said he would only endorse candidates chosen by the people as they would help him win the August 11 general elections.
“All candidates will be chosen by you because you have the power. No-one must lie to you that I have endorsed them,” President Lungu said.
He urged all those who will not be adopted not to be bitter but to support their colleagues.
Earlier, PF deputy secretary-general Mumbi Phiri thanked the people for turning up in numbers to support the President.
And  business executive Austin Chewe said he was convinced that President Lungu would win this year’s general elections as he has won people’s hearts because of his humility.
Captain Chewe said Mr Lungu would win with a landslide victory during the August 11 general elections.
“I have no doubt that Mr Lungu our President will retain his seat with a landslide victory,” he said.
President Lungu earlier toured the new police headquarters built at a cost of K20.6 million, the K48 million water treatment plant and the six-storey administration block currently under construction in Chinsali.
The head of State later went to Isoka and toured the old market, where marketeers mobbed him. He promised to construct a modern market for them.
He also addressed a mammoth rally in the central business district, where he thanked the electorate for voting for him in last year’s elections.
Mr Lungu called on the Ministry of Local Government and Housing to work on the water reticulation system in the district.
“I would also like to urge the youth to maintain peace and order as they are the ones who get injured in the process. Embrace newcomers from the opposition to make the party grow,” he said.
He also called on millers to ensure that local people have enough to eat before any maize is exported.
“I am told there is hunger in Luangwa, my Government will take relief maize there to alleviate hunger,” Mr Lungu said.
The President later inspected township roads and the water reticulation system in the district.
The President is expected in Mafinga and Nakonde before returning to Lusaka today.

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