PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu’s development agenda has a national colour that cuts through the spectre of tribalism and regionalism, Patriotic Front (PF) deputy chairperson for elections Kelvin Fube Bwalya has said.
Mr Bwalya said President Lungu had continued to visit and launch multi-billion kwacha projects even in areas where he got a dismal number of votes during the 2015 presidential by-election such as the Southern and the North-Western provinces.
‘‘President Lungu is a national leader who does not flaunt tribe unlike others. Tribalism and regionalism belong to a party that has been dubbed by the defunct Post newspaper as ‘Bantustan’, not PF and President Lungu,” he said. Mr Bwalya said the PF government had constructed and completed the Livingstone road that leads to the tourism capital of Zambia, and cuts through the major towns of Southern Province.
He pointed out that once the 1,800 megawatt Batoka power plant was completed in two years’ time, load shedding would be a thing of the past.
Mr Bwalya added that the Maamba thermal power station would add 148 megawatts to the national grid. “President Lungu is not wrong in pledging to reward just a little more to those that continue to give him support overtly because they are grateful,’’ he said. Mr Bwalya said the UPND had lamentably failed to smear President Lungu and isolate him from other regions because of the massive development undertaken across the country.
He said President Lungu had shown that he hated tribalism, homosexuality and other vices and that was why he wanted people to vote ‘Yes’ in the Referendum as those seeking gay rights in the UPND want ‘No’ to the referendum.
He said President Lungu consented to a new Constitution that his predecessors had failed to achieve. “President Lungu preaches peace and not Armageddon like others. This is a fact. President Lungu loves all Zambians because his creed is Zambia and so is his tribe. We know to whom tribalism and regionalism belongs as documented in the defunct Post newspaper,’’ Mr Bwalya said.