President Edgar Lungu has advised Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili and the Patriotic Front deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri to tone down whenever responding to critics from the opposition political parties.
And the PF Central Committee will on Saturday unveil parliamentary candidates who have been adopted to stand on the party ticket in the August 11, 2016 general elections.
Meanwhile, former United Party for National Development (UPND) director for defence and security Captain Cosmas Moono has officially joined and endorsed President Lungu’s candidature during this year’s elections.
Addressing a mammoth rally at Kalundu Primary School grounds in Chilanga constituency yesterday, President Lungu said Mr Kambwili and Mrs Phiri should tone down when reacting to criticism.
Earlier, Mr Kambwili had called UPND vice president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba a fool for labeling him as being “fat like a pig”.
“GBM chupuba!”, Kambwili said. (meaning “GBM is a fool”)
But when time came for the President to address the rally, he urged Mr Kambwili and Mrs Phiri to tone down whenever responding to their critics.
President Lungu said both Mr Kambwili and Mrs Phiri were “talkative” but that they should exercise self-restraint whenever hitting back at their critics.
The President also said this Saturday he would officially launch the Patriotic Front 2016 campaigns and unveil a manifesto for the next five years.
“I will explain the PF’s manifesto and the vision beyond 2016,” he said.
And President Lungu dispelled media reports that his Chief’s Minister Joseph Katema was arrested for driving a ministerial vehicle at Woodlands Pick n Pay shopping Centre.
President Lungu said he had spoken to Mr Katema via telephone and that at no time was he arrested by anyone anywhere.
The Head of State said the law was very clear on the ministers continued stay in office and that even a Grade 2 pupil would understand.
“You should be reading because the law is very clear on the ministers even a Grade two can understand the clauses which talk about cabinet ministers,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu wondered why the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) could get the interpretation of the law on cabinet ministers wrong.
He said he had read the Constitution and understood the clauses on cabinet ministers properly but would, however, wait for the courts to interpret the law for those who have misinterpreted it. And speaking after he was officially welcomed to PF by secretary general Davis Chama, Capt. Moono said he decided to ditch UPND because he differed on principle and management style.
“I agree with the principles of President Lungu… people have been publishing false stories online that I met President Lungu at a lodge, no. It’s a lie. I met with him at State House where I opened up my mind why I decided to join PF and leave UPND,” he said.
Capt. Moono said President Lungu had always remained humble the same way he was before becoming President.
Others who attended the rally included Stephen Kampyongo, Moses Chishimba, Emerine Kabanshi, Nickson Chilangwa, Davies Mwila, Jonas Shakafuswa, Richard Muskuukwa, and the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) president Dan Pule.