PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he has not abandoned Patriotic Front members by embracing people outside the ruling party but what he wants is to run a united country.
He said even his decisions to appoint ministers from the opposition was aimed at uniting the nation.
President Lungu said Zambia needed to develop in all areas of national economic and social spheres.
“The PF will emerge stronger because we want to work with everyone. Remember that PF was born from the MMD and why shouldn’t we work with people in MMD. Why can’t we allow people from MMD to join the PF. Look at what is happening in this province. I appointed Davison Kafwaya from UPND as provincial minister but he is in trouble now. They want him out of Parliament for accepting to work with us,” he said.
And President Lungu warned members of the public to stop attacking Government officials carrying out both voter registration exercise and the national registration cards issuance across the country.
He issued the warning when he paid a courtesy call on senior chief Mumena of the Kaonde speaking people of Solwezi.
Mr Lungu told senior chief Mumena that he had received a disturbing report that staff from the Electoral Commission of Zambia and Zambia Police were attacked in Central Province during the issuance of voters cards.
He said he was happy to hear that senior chief Mumena and other traditional leaders in the province where committed to have the exercise take place.
And senior Chief Mumena thanked President Lungu for showing love to all Zambians and to run an inclusive Government.
President Lungu also paid a courtesy call on chief Matebo who wanted government to speed up the voter registration and national registration cards issuance exercise.