FOLLOWING the completion of the refurbishment of the Kitwe Presidential lodge, President Edgar Lungu’s will visit the Copperbelt to inspect developmental projects and listen to the people about their needs and challenges, says Chimwemwe member of Parliament Mwenya Musenge.
Mr Musenge, who was commenting on reports that the Preidents intended stint on the Copperbelt was to sooth tempers said the Patriotic Front (PF) had remained the strongest political party in the region.
Mr Musenge who is Copperbelt Province Minister said if the general elections were to be held today, the PF and President Lungu would be able to win with a landslide on the Copperbelt.
He said President Lungu was enjoying massive popularity on the Copperbelt and insinuations that the ruling party was under pressure were nothing but cheap politicking.
Mr Musenge said if there was a province that was going to give President Lungu a resounding victory in next year’s general elections, then Copperbelt was determined to deliver such a victory because the people in region understood that the mining challenges were not only unique to Zambia.
Mr Musenge said President Lungu was a leader of the entire country and could not therefore be restricted to certain areas of the country.
He said barely a month ago, President Lungu was in North-Western Province where he had been with the people for close to a week because the Head of State wanted to be in touch with the people and learn their real challenges as opposed to getting briefings.
“The PF is commanding a lot of popularity on the Copperbelt and if the elections were to be held today, President Lungu and the ruling party would win with a landslide. As a matter of fact, the PF would be able to win all the 22 seats on the Copperbelt. We are very comfortable and we are happy that President Lungu is coming to visit us. He needs to interact with the grass root so that he can personally listen to their challenges, so it is not that we are under pressure for the President to come but it is a normal visit of the Head of State,” Mr Musenge said.
He said while it was true that the mines were having problems, the challenges were not only affecting Zambia as some other countries in the region such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were facing similar challenges in the mining sector.
Mr Musenge stated that the national day of prayer and fasting had received overwhelming response from the people on the Copperbelt and that there was no doubt that Zambians loved President Lungu and would certainly give him a fresh mandate to continue governing the country.
He stated that Zambians had a lot of confidence in President Lungu and were spiritually encouraged that the Head of State was a God-fearing leader who was governing the country by seeking the wisdom of God.