President Lungu Cools Down PF Founders
PRESIDENT Lungu has urged those who perceive themselves to be Patriotic Front ( PF) founder members to embrace and work with newcomers to grow the ruling party.
And President Lungu says he will use his visit to South Africa to address the trade imbalance between the two countries for the mutual benefit of the people.
Speaking to journalists at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport ( KKIA) shortly before departure for South Africa yesterday, President Lungu said: “ There is no friction in the PF. When people live together they are bound to have differences just like they have different faces.
When people differ it does not mean that there is friction.” The President is in South Africa on a three- day State visit at the invitation of his counterpart Jacob Zuma.
President Lungu said there are some differences in the PF between people who perceive themselves to be founder members and the newcomers.
He advised the founder members and newcomers to co- exist because the PF is one big family.
President Lungu said the more newcomers the better for the PF because they bring with them new ideas to the party.
“ Those who feel that they are founder members should cool down. Those who came during the foundation and in the middle should now work together under the watch of me as President,” he said.
Mr Lungu said he will continue to appoint people on merit.
President Lungu said PF is one big family and should continue providing leadership.
He said the issue of founder members and new ones could be likened to a family where an elder brother feels more superior, which is mere perception.
President Lungu said even those born last are part of the family legacy. He said a party which embraces new members and becomes vibrant is better than that one which becomes moribund because of not embracing newcomers.
Meanwhile, President Lungu said good neighbourliness is very important and Government is looking forward to a smooth transition in the Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC) He said that this is important for the region.
President Lungu is accompanied by Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe, his special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda and his special assistant for political affairs Kaizer Zulu.
Meanwhile, YANDE SYAMPEYO reports from Pretoria that a tight schedule awaits President Lungu, who arrived here yesterday on a three- day State visit.
President Lungu was received at Waterkloof Air Force Base by South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Co- operation Maite Nkoana- Mashabane, Zambia’s Minister of Energy David Mabumba, Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba and other senior government officials.
Last night, President Lungu addressed Zambians resident in South Africa at the Chancery of the Zambian High Commission.
Mr Lungu is today expected to meet his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma at Mahlamba Ndolopfu ( State House) for official talks.
The two heads of state are later expected to visit Freedom Park where Mr Lungu is expected to lay a wreath.
Freedom Park is the memorial site for those killed in the liberation struggle and world wars.
The heads of state are also expected to attend and address the Zambia- South Africa Business Forum ( ZSABF).
On Friday, Mr Lungu and his delegation are expected to visit Kusile power station in Witbank.