SENIOR Chipepo of the Lenje speaking people in Central Province has pledged to support and work with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and its leadership.
Chief Chipepo has since dispelled reports linking him to a named opposition political party as “false and unfounded”.
He said this when PF secretary general Davies Mwila paid a courtesy call on him at his palace in Kapiri Mposhi district.
The traditional leader maintained that he would continue to support the PF government and the leadership of President Edgar Lungu because of the party’s good policies that have steered development in the country.
He charged that those spreading rumors that he had withdrawn his support for the PF government were merely politicking and should be ignored.
“I’m still in support of the PF government and no one will make me stop supporting PF…those who are saying I have turned away from PF government are liars and should not be believed… the PF has done a lot of good things for the people of Zambia,” said chief Chipepo.
And Mwila said the PF government would strive to improve the welfare of traditional leaders and that of the people in the country.
He said it was gratifying that senior chief Chipepo was devoted to working with the PF government, stating that traditional leaders played a critical role in the PF’s development agenda.
Mwila was in the company of Central Province PF chairman Chanda Mutale, provincial minister Sydney Mushanga, Mkushi South member of parliament Davies Chisopa and Minister of National Planning Alexander Chiteme.
Others in Mwila’s entourage included PF deputy media director Antonio Mwanza and Member of the Central Committee (MCC) Jayson Mulando, among other senior PF and government officials.
Mwila was in Kapiri Mposhi to launch the PF’s mobilisation exercise for Central Province.
The launch, which was held at Namakuba Lodge, had drawn participation from all the district and constituency party organs in Central Province.