Republican President Edgar Lungu has urged Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Chairperson Justice Esau Chulu not to allow himself to be polluted or contaminated by politicians to influence the outcome of election results.
President Lungu notes that since the advent of democracy, people have never found the electoral process that is perfect citing controversies that have always characterized elections.
He has however emphasized that politicians should be heard, but that ultimately it is his duty as ECZ Chairperson to ensure there are free and fair elections.
He adds that he understands the painful experience of losing an election having lost an election himself before, reminding Justice Chulu that those who lose elections will blame him while those who win will praise, but that he should simply remain focused.
Meanwhile President Lungu has urged new Local Government and Housing Permanent Secretary Misheck Lungu to be alert considering that the ministry is embroiled in land wrangles countrywide.
He has tasked Mr. Lungu to coordinate well with the Minister, Councils and the Local Government Service Commission to ensure there is proper management of land in the country.
And the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces has tasked the Commissioner General of the Zambia Prisons Service Percy Chato to ensure there is radical change in the prisons service.
President Lungu says there is need to move away from punitive service and offer a service that is up to required standard.
President Lungu said this at State House this morning when he sworn in Esau Elliot Chulu as ECZ Chairperson, Misheck Lungu as Ministry of Local Government and Housing Permanent Secretary, Emily Sikazwe as ECZ Commissioner and Cecilia Lubumbashi as Chief Analyst Press and Public Relations at State House.
Others who were sworn-in are Percy Chato as Commissioner General of Zambia Prisons Service, Tobias Mwanza as Prisons Service Commissioner, Dr. Chisela Chileshe as Prisons Deputy Commissioner General for Operations and Lloyd Chilundika as Prisons Deputy Commissioner General for Administration.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chato told Journalists at State House shortly after the swearing in ceremony that the prisons service still needs more prison officers to service the prisons effectively.