JIMMY CHIBUYE, Choma
PATRIOTIC Front secretary-general Davies Chama says traditional leaders in Southern Province have welcomed him with open arms, an indication that there is no rift between him and them.
Mr Chama also said he did not insult the people of Southern Province because it is not his nature to insult people, and that if he had, the traditional leaders would not have welcomed him.
In an interview with journalists here yesterday, he said Chieftainess Choongo and Chief Sinazongwe welcomed him like their own child and he had a cordial conversation with them.
The PF secretary-general is on a tour of Southern Province and is accompanied by party officials Paul Moonga, Syacheye Madyenkuku and provincial chairperson Charles Hamududu.
â€œI had an opportunity to see my mother Her Royal Highness Chieftainess Choongo and we had a good chat. She gave me words of encouragement and motherly talk. This was humbling to me and my entourage. I also met His Royal Highness Chief Sinazongwe and we had a very good chat; a fatherly chat and I was amazed,â€ Mr Chama said.
He said the reception accorded to him by the two traditional leaders was amazing and indicated that there was no rift between him and Southern Province chiefs.
Mr Chama said some sections of the media sensationalised and misrepresented his statement resulting in a misunderstanding that he had insulted the people of Southern Province.
â€œI never insulted the people of Southern Province because it is never my nature to insult. I have never insulted anyone in my life and why should I start today?â€ he said.
Efforts to get comments from chiefs Choongo and Sinazongwe proved futile by press time, but chiefs Singani and Chipepo said Mr Chama is welcome to the province because he is on a mission to explain party policies.
In separate interviews, the two traditional leaders yesterday said people should not hold grudges but learn to forgive because Zambia is a Christian nation.
Meanwhile, Mr Chama has urged Zambians to continue supporting President Lunguâ€™s development agenda because it is meant to benefit the whole country.
Mr Chama said during a meeting with party officials here on Thursday that President Lungu is a hardworking and visionary leader who needs the support of everyone to develop the country.
â€œPresident Lungu wants us to reconcile and unite so that we develop the country. Regardless of our tribe, religious or political affiliation, it is President Lunguâ€™s wish that all Zambians are united and work as one,â€ he said.
Mr Chama said President Lungu has a vision for Zambia and that citizens should support his development drive.
He said a better Zambia will only be achieved through love, forgiveness, unity and support for one another.
The PF secretary general further said President Lungu ascended to the office of President because God anointed him to be the head of State.
â€œGodâ€™s time is the best, and there is no need to fight or antagonise one another. These are politics but everything must be left in Godâ€™s hands for he is the only one who knows who will be the President at what time and when,â€ he said.
Mr Chama said President Lungu is a strong and most hardworking head of State Zambia has ever produced, but if he is not supported, his works will not be appreciated.
He said Zambia under President Lungu has started seeing transformation in many sectors such as health, roads, education and agriculture.
Mr Chama urged party officials in Choma to work hard and produce members of Parliament (MP) and councillors during the 2016 general elections.
He urged party officials to welcome and embrace former Rainbow Party provincial chairperson Simalonga Siachona and other opposition members who have rejoined the ruling party.
Mr Chama also said he is impressed with the organisation, growth and stability of the party in the province.
Mr Madyenkuku said it is possible to produce MPs in Choma if the party works hard.
At the same meeting, party officials and ordinary members pledged to buy 63 bicycles for mobilisation aimed at winning the 2016 general elections.
JIMMY CHIBUYE, Choma