Lungu explains fuel hiccup


PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says there was some sluggish performance in banking transactions between the buyers and the sellers which led to the recent artificial fuel shortage in the country and warned that he will not allow a repeat of the situation.

He was speaking when he addressed journalists at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) shortly before his departure to Mozambique for a state visit.

“We had a tanker hankering in Tanzania for one week or more. I think this sluggishness should not be allowed to continue but I am given a report that slowly stocks are building up but I will not tolerate this kind of thing for long.’’

Asked what he would do to the people involved in the sluggish performance of procuring fuel, President Lungu warned that he will not tolerate sluggishness, saying “when I act, I will act.”

Meanwhile, President Lungu has transferred Mulenga Sata from State House to head Lusaka Province in the same capacity with immediate effect.

The transfer has been necessitated by the departure of PF Kafue MP Obvious Mwaliteta who resigned from Government last week.

And President Lungu has charged that the violence which characterized the Youth Day commemoration should not be blamed on PF cadres alone but the UPND as well.

The Head of State said the UPND leadership should talk to their youths.

“I have punished my members  over violence; some of them are in court others in jail; what more do you want to me to speak. Others also should speak to their people, I speak to my cadres all the time and there is so much peace in the PF,” he said.

“So what happened at Youth Day was it PF to blame?  No. What happened on Youth Day should not be blamed on PF; no, let them also talk to their children. Do you want me to skin myself to know that I am angry against violence? No.”

President Lungu however said there was a point where he could take it if provoked. “If you are provoking me saying am not a man enough then I will say you are playing games,” the Head of State said.

He also said that he had always been ready to meet the opposition political party leadership to discuss violence. “I believe dialogue is the only way we can build peace and consensus to move this country forward.

“If you want to show people that you are clever by pushing the President you won’t succeed because governance is about compromise and consensus and that is how you govern even in homes; children can rise against you and bring you down and you own wife,” President Lungu said.

He said there was nothing new in governance, democracy was about choice and people would choose peace over war that was what had made PF grow in numbers.

And President Lungu said he was aware of some political giants who were sponsoring youths to be perpetuating violence’’ but I don’t want  it react’’.

“Some of them must be interested in war,” the Head of State said.

And  Sandra Machima reports from Mozambique, Maputo,  that President Edgar Lungu yesterday arrived there for a State visit.

Zambia High Commissioner to Mozambique Paul Lumbi said President Lungu would have private talks on energy issues with his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi. He said the State visit was aimed at cementing the relationship between the two countries.

Mr Lumbi said various issues such as agriculture, security and peace for the region would be high on the agenda during the visit.

President Lungu is today expected to meet the Speaker of Mozambican National Assembly and later  lay a wreath at the Heroes Square for fallen heroes  who include the

first president Samora Marchel, and first leader

under the Portuguese government Eduardo Mondlane.

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