STATEMENT ON UNWARRANTED ATTACKS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT

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Government takes great exception to remarks by 4th Revolution leader Eric Chanda for insinuating that Zambians should not vote for His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu next year so that he can pay attention to his health.
Government notes with concern that for some time now, Mr Chanda has been quoted in some sections of the media disparaging the Head of State and hereby warn that soon he will be required to answer for his careless statements.
Mr Chanda’s disrespect for the Head of State makes one wonder whether he has any respect for the office of the President which he so envisions as would be his in future.
Contrary to Mr Chanda’s distasteful comments in Wednesday’s edition of The Post, Government, under the leadership of His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, is on course to deliver development to the people and no amount of negativity from Mr Chanda and his ilk will derail it from achieving this objective.
And the earlier Mr Chanda woke up to the reality that he is a political novice, with no following, the better for him, otherwise he is destined for political archive.
On the incident where police are reported to have dispersed a crowd of people that had gone to attend a meeting over a land settlement dispute in Chiparamba area of Eastern Province last Sunday, Government wishes to state that it was police duty to ensure there was peace in the area and reports of tear-gassing residents were highly exaggerated in the media.
Government, therefore, wishes to advise the media to report professionally and objectively and avoid fanning unneccessary tensions over the incident.
Hon. Chishimba Kambwili, MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON

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