President Edgar Lungu has hinted that he is considering dissolving Parliament in May.
And President Lungu has said no Zambian will starve as a result of the drought because Government is currently working at options of distributing relief food.
The President disclosed the month of the dissolution of Parliament when he addressed PF member in Petauke.
He said he was aware that there were some members of the PF dishing out money to be considered for adoption as parliamentary candidates.
Mr Lungu advised those with intentions to stand to wait until he dissolves the National Assembly in May.
And addressing chiefs in Petauke, Mr Lungu, who toured maize fields in Chief Nyampande’s area, found stunted maize plants affected by lack of moisture.
But President Lungu said Government would import and distribute maize to all the parts of the country which were affected by poor rains.
He said this when he held a meeting with Senior Chief Kalindawalo and chiefs Mumbi, Sandwe, Nyampande, Nyanje and Mwanjabantu at Chimwemwe Lodge in Petauke.
“Farmers have done their best but let us leave everything in the hands of God,” President Lungu said.
He said Government was aware of the looming hunger due to poor rains in most parts of the country.
President Lungu asked chiefs to help Government identify the needy areas in their chiefdoms for distribution of relief food.
He said Government stood ready to intervene and provide relief food and was concerned about the poor rainfall pattern in most parts of the country.
President Lungu also appealed to chiefs to help Government ensure Zambians lived in harmony.
President Lungu said many political leaders would visit the traditional leaders but their promises had no bearing on the people.
President Lungu said chiefs should preach love and unity to their subjects because Zambia was founded on the motto of One Zambia, One Nation.
The Head of State later held a private meeting with the traditional leaders at Chimwemwe Lodge.
Earlier, President Lungu inspected and toured the maize field of Chief Nyampande on a fact-finding mission.
He however praised the farmers in Petauke district for their hard work.
“The farmers have done their best and we all look up to God for the rains,” President Lungu said.
The maize field revealed that the crops were growing in a stunted manner due to drought.
President Lungu said technocrats needed to issue a comprehensive statement because the poor rains had not only affected Zambia but also the entire SADC region. An President Lungu said men should stop marrying school going children.
The Head of State said he would engage chiefs Kalindawalo and Nyampande to ensure that early marriages in their chiefdoms came to an end. He said this when he addressed pupils at Nyampande Boarding School in Petauke district yesterday. President Lungu told girls to stay away from early marriages and concentrate on their education because they were the future leaders.
“I will take time to look into the laws again because the current laws on early marriages are not adequate,” he said.
President Lungu encouraged young girls and men to concentrate on their education as government would also concentrate on providing the service.
“As Government, we are going to do everything possible to ensure that we create an enabling environment for your education,” President Lungu said. Mr Lungu said the girl child should be protected at all costs.
He said the girl child should be given an opportunity to complete her education.