President Edgar Lungu this morning sneaked out to South Africa around 09:00 hours in what State House sources say is a private trip that was supposed to be kept top secret.
Meanwhile, Lungu has mocked the deceased UPND Munali Constituency Chairman as having died out of beer drinking.
Lungu left the country through KK International Airport soon after swearing-in Kabwe MP Sydney Mushanga as Deputy Education Minister and Chilubi MP as Community Development Minister and Henry Lumbeta as Chief Policy Analyst at State House.
“Lungu’s trip was supposed to be secret but government may now be forced to reveal a few details since it has leaked and for fear the South African media would equally expose the trip. The trip was arranged by former president Rupiah Banda and his son Henry Banda who wants Lungu to meet financiers, president Jacob Zuma, and members of that country’s Industry’s Development Corporation officials for possible Lungu’s private investments through RB’s connections,” State House sources revealed.
It is not clear how long Lungu will spend in South Africa for his private business.
Earlier during swearing-in ceremony, Lungu warned that nepotism and tribalism should not be allowed to take root in the nation.
President Lungu says he will endeavor to play a fatherly role in uniting the nation by stamping out the two vices.
Mr. Lungu advised those iching to be appointed and employed in his government to wait for their right time and that he was disturbed by reports reaching him at State House of the high nepotism and tribalism in the civil service.
“I’m a good example of loyalty so those championing nepotism and tribalism should wait until the right time comes,” President Lungu said.
On violence, President Lungu regretted that one person died in Lusaka’s Mtendere compound last week as a result of alleged violence.
Mr. Lungu however cautioned Zambians against politicizing death because the country was founded on the One Zambia One nation motto.
“Let’s not politicize normal events to political connotation. Those people were drinking and the circumstances leading to that death are unknown. So how do you claim that the deceased person was a PF or UPND cadre?”, he asked.
President Lungu has since directed the Zambia Police to deal with the matter ruthlessly to save innocent people from dying at the hands of others.
And President Lungu has challenged the media against inciting violence in the nation and remove politics from their reportage.
Mr. Lungu observed that some stories written by Journalists have got the power to allegedly influence anarchy in the nation.
He called on media personnel in the country to be careful by being accurate and put facts correctly through responsible reporting.