President Edgar Lungu is exploring ways of his Patriotic Front (PF) and the MMD working together in the August 11 general election.
Mr Lungu disclosed this when he addressed scores of PF party officials and members in Chipata District.
He said he has since engaged MMD president Nevers Mumba on a possible alliance.
President Lungu who is also leader of PF said he was optimistic that the ruling party and MMD would work together to avoid a re-run following the introduction of 50 percent plus one for a winning presidential candidate.
He also said he remained grateful to former President Rupiah Banda for supporting him in the January 20, 2015 election.
President Lungu said he would
be happy if Dr. Mumba and Mr. Banda reconciled for the sake of
unity of purpose in the opposition party. President Lungu said if the two do not resolve their differences the PF would go ahead and work with MMD members who are willing.
And Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni speaking people in Eastern Province. says President Lungu has fulfilled his campaign promises which he made during the January 2015 general elections, And President Lungu said he wants and will continue working with traditional leaders to develop the country.
Speaking when President Lungu paid a courtesy call on him at his palace yesterday, Paramount Chief Mpezeni told the Head of State that he was particularly happy that the 139 kilometers Chipata-Vubwi-Chadiza road was being worked on.
Others who were in the meeting included chief Mazimawe, Kapatamoyo, Chinyaku, Nzamane, Misholo, Mushawa and Munukwa. “We are happy that the Chipata-Vubwi road is tarmac now… You have fulfilled your campaign promises. Although you have not yet reached Vubwi, please continue so that you can complete the projects,” he said.
The Paramount Chief told President Lungu that he did well to visit Eastern Province by road.
He said it was clear that his subjects wanted President Lungu to continue with the developmental projects.
The chief said visiting the province by road had helped President Lungu see how his development projects were progressing.
He urged President Lungu to continue visiting places by road as opposed to flying as it gave him an opportunity to interact with the people.
Meanwhile, Paramount Chief Mpezeni told President Lungu that it would have been worthwhile if he (Lungu) had taken time to visit Lundazi district as well.
And President Lungu observed that most projects were halfway done but assured traditional leaders that they would be completed on time including the Chipata-Vubwi-Chadiza road.
He said this was the reason why he had gone to Eastern province with RDA board chairman Samuel Mukupa so that he could witness how the road projects were being done.
He however expressed displeasure that some contractor was doing shoddy works while others were stealing construction materials.
President Lungu said people thought that they were stealing from the government when in actual sense they were stealing from themselves.
“…We want chiefs to be part of these development projects which we are working on. We want to use traditional leaders to foster developmental projects across the country,” he said.