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Work hard, Lungu tells South DCs

President Lungu (centre) accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba (right) Commerce and Trade Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe during the high level follow up second UN Conference for Landlocked Developing Countries at Chrismar Hotel in Livingstone on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE.

NANCY MWAPE & SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Livingstone
PRESIDENT Lungu has urged newly-appointed district commissioners (DCs) in Southern Province to work hard instead of expending their energies on settling old scores.
Speaking on arrival at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport here yesterday, President Lungu urged the DCs to work together in peace and to uphold the spirit of brotherliness to develop the country.
“For you the newly-appointed DCs, concentrate on work and not settling scores.  Have you seen me settling scores? No! People are the foundation, I am here. Let’s work together in peace,” President Lungu said.
The President said it is unfortunate that some people in Southern Province are disappointed because they were not appointed as district commissioners.
He urged both DCs and Patriotic Front (PF) officials who were left out to work hard and to help develop the country.
“I have seen that some of you are very disappointed because I did not make you DCs. That is my prerogative because I have power to appoint and disappoint. I know some of you are saying this one can be better, but there can only be one DC at a time,” Mr Lungu said.
He implored people in the region to co-operate with the DCs to make their work easy.
“If you co-operate with the DCs and make them work well, I will notice and if you frustrate them and make them fail, I will notice that too. If the DC fails, that means the President has failed,” he said.
President Lungu said people fighting DCs are wasting their time.
“If you make the DC fail, I will know that you are responsible for their failure and I will distance myself from you. Even those that are co-operating, I will notice and reward them, you reap what you sow,” he said.
President Lungu was welcomed by Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga, Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba and Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe, senior government and PF officials.


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