THE decisions President Edgar Lungu is making are independent of any external influence and United Party for National Development (UPND) deputy spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa should avoid measuring the leadership of the Head of State by his own standards, State House has stated.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has completed the appointment of provincial ministers which has seen the inclusion of two UPND MPs and one nominated MP Davis Chisopa who is the new minister of Central Province replacing Obvious Mwaliteta who has since been moved to Lusaka Province.
President Lungu’s special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda said the Head of State took a retreat to Mfuwe to reflect on a number of national issues and that he used his retreat to make decisions which he would be announcing to the nation soon.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu and former president Rupiah Banda have not met for some time and that Mr Mweetwa was being politically naïve to impute that the Head of State was being held hostage by former president Banda.
He told the Daily Nation from Mfuwe that Zambians elected Mr Lungu as their President and that the Head of State was going to execute his mandate efficiently, effectively and to the best of the people’s expectations.
Mr Chanda warned that it was clear that Mr Mweetwa was to being induced to attack the President and his administration.
He said President Lungu was not taking any instructions from anybody when making his decisions although he was making wide consultations to make sure that any executive action was in the interest of all Zambians.
Mr Chanda said the Head of State had always maintained that he was a servant of the people and that his decisions and actions were anchored on serving Zambians who had given him the opportunity to preside over national matters.
He said President Lungu had a unique challenge of doing the best for Zambia in the next 18 months and that he would not waste time on issues that would not be of benefit to the welfare of the majority of citizens.
“The President decided to take a retreat to reflect on many fundamental issues so that he could make decisions on how best to govern the country. He has used his retreat to make landmark decisions and let Mr Mweetwa wait for his return.
The President’s decisions are independent of any form of external influence and it is being naïve for Mr Mweetwa to insinuate that the Head of State is receiving instructions from president Banda. Mr Banda is in Nigeria and the two have not met for some time. So let Mr Mweetwa avoid measuring the leadership of President Lungu by his own standards,” Mr Chanda said.
Mr Chanda advised Mr Mweetwa to concentrate on marketing the UPND instead of thinking of how to attack the President, stating that the Head of State reserved the right and prerogative to make decisions that were in line with his vision.
He said Mr Mweetwa had not experienced how the President functioned and it was not surprising that the UPND member of Parliament could entertain imaginations that the presidential decisions were being influenced by Mr Banda.
And Mr Chanda said President Lungu has completed the appointment of provincial ministers and has maintained Mwenya Musenge, Brig. Gen Benson Kapaya, Malozo Sichone and Freedom Sikazwe on the Copperbelt, Luapula Eastern and Northern Provinces respectively.
Mr Lungu has appointed former Works and Supply deputy minister Mwimba Malama as Muchinga Province minister as well as from Poniso Njeulu, Dawson Kafwaya and Nathaniel Mubukwanu who have gone to Western, North-Western and Southern Provinces respectively.