The Head of State has been on the China case settling nerves after widespread discontent in the aftermath of the China-Africa summit.
The President was responding to questions from Journalists who had accompanied him on a tour of some roads under construction in Lusaka district and part of Chibombo.
“We shall forever remain a non-aligned nation just like Our First President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, positioned the nation during his role in the first Republic,” said President Lungu.
“It has to have a reason, that is why both the West and China want to work with us, it is obvious because of our positive trajectory…our friends in the West are seeing fruits in our nation that is why there is this Anti-China debate, which I find sickening.”
“Which Country has not borrowed?
He said that any Country in this world that wants to lend money to Zambia is free to do so but under agreed terms and conditions.
“We are part of the global family, at the moment we are friends with China but we are not enemies with our friends in the West,” he said.
And Infrastructure minister Romald Chitotela stated the position Chinese construction sector dominance.
“It is a political propaganda that the opposition want to mislead Zambians,” he said.
He said that Zambia’s debt with China is 2.6 billion United States dollars.
“Your Excellency, May I take this opportunity to clarify that notion that Zambia has sold the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. The Exim Bank of China is still funding the construction of the Airport, how can China claim ownership of the Airport when works are only coming to an end in 2019 and Loan repayment is expected to start in 2020,” he said.
The Head of State was accompanied on the tour by Minister of Infrastructure and National development, Ronald Chitotela, Lusaka Province Minister Bowman LUSAMBO, Lands Minister Jean Kapata and officials from the Road development AGENCY including Gender Minister, Elizabeth Phiri.
President Lungu also expressed disappointment with the Public Relations department at the RDA for not explaining to citizens why Roads in Zambia cost millions of US dollars as compared to other nations in the region.
“I am a politician, you who have employed and better understand these things must be in the front to explain to Zambians who are the masters, now when you keep quiet, you leave the opposition to continue accusing us to be corrupt,” complained President Lungu.