Siamunene’s appointment good for unity, says Inonge

PRESIDENT Lungu (right) with Defence Minister Richwell Siamunene at State House after a swearing-in ceremony. PICTURE: ENNIE KISHIKI

CHALI MULENGA, Livingstone
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says President Lungu’s decision to appoint Sinazongwe member of Parliament (MP) Richwell Siamunene as Minister of Defence was made in the spirit of the nation unifying motto of ‘One Zambia, One Nation’.
Mrs Wina said President Lungu is grateful to the people of Southern Province for their approval of his appointment of Mr Siamunene as Minister of Defence.
Speaking on arrival at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport here yesterday, the Vice-President said Zambia belongs to all Zambians.
“We are all Zambians, we need to share the same cake. We need to co-exist and promote development because we did not choose to be in the region where we are but it is by God’s design,” Mrs Wina said.
She also said Government is encouraging various institutions to hold their meetings in Livingstone because it is the tourist capital of the country.
“Government is encouraging institutions to come and do their business in Livingstone that is why you see us most often.  We are delighted with your welcome always,” Mrs Wina said.
She said tourism is not only about the Victoria Falls and Government wants more people to come to Zambia to sample the country’s numerous tourist attractions.
“The people that come to Zambia also want to sample the local dishes in your homes, so you should open your homes to the visitors at a fee,” Mrs Wina said.
She said tourists want to know how a Zambian lives and urged people to open their homes to tourists.
Mrs Wina said tourists flock to Soweto township in South Africa just to have a feel of the way of life of an ordinary South African.
Mrs Wina also urged Livingstone residents to make use of the Citizens’ Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) to access loans and to invest in the tourism sector.
She also called on the people to work with the local authority to set up investments in the tourism sector.
The Vice-President is in Livingstone for  the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region meeting.
Earlier, Southern Province minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu said people in the region are delighted with Mr Siamunene’s appointment as minister of Defence.
Mr Mubukwanu said President Lungu’s decision shows that Southern Province is not “alienated” from the Government system.

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