FORMER Zambia national team defender Dickson Makwaza says he is grateful to President Edgar Lungu for empowering him with a mobile phone airtime machine to make a bit of money for himself and family.
Mr Makwaza, a member of the KK Eleven which qualified to the Africa Cup of Nation in Cairo in 1974, said the gesture by President Lungu was an indication that he had a heart for the people.
He said in an interview in Luanshya yesterday that there might be other members of the KK Eleven whom President Lungu had empowered with airtime machine, but on his behalf, he was grateful to the President for the gesture.
“What really matters is not how big or how small that gift is, but the gesture shown by somebody that cares about you. It shows that somebody has a heart for the people. So for me, am grateful to President Lungu for this airtime machine given to me. I’m able to make a bit of money and put food on the table,” Mr Makwaza said.
He urged Zambians to remain peaceful ahead of the August 11, 2016 general elections because peace was vital for any development to take place in a country.
“Let us be united and remain peaceful because Zambia is a Christian nation where violence should be rejected by any peace-loving citizen,” Mr Makwaza said.
And patron of the Marketeers and Vendors Presidential Initiative, Chanda Kabwe, said President Lungu would continue to find ways of empowering people from various sections of society because he had a heart for the people.
Mr Kabwe said he was happy that the Presidential Empowerment Initiative Fund was working well and gaining the confidence of the marketeers, especially those who had received the money.
He urged those who were yet to receive the money to remain calm as everything was being put in place to ensure that they received the money as soon as possible.
“This empowerment fund has nothing to do with politics. It is aimed at empowering marketeers to boost their businesses. So, marketeers should not listen to prophets of doom who always want to say bad or negative things about President Lungu,” Mr Kabwe said.