Speaking on arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola, President Lungu said that he was alive to the fact that Zambians only appreciated their leaders once they were gone.
He said that some people were always on his neck to distract him from delivering to the Zambian people.
The Head of State said some people have focused in painting government black as a way of preparing for 2021 elections which he said will not work because government has continued to perform as per aspirations of the people.
“There are people whose agenda is to detract government from working for the enhancement of the welfare of the people, to stop government from working for development, I want to take this opportunity to say “nshakulaumfwa ifyabupuba” (I will not be listening to nonsense), President Lungu said.
President Lungu has further indicated that his action to fire some ministers has nothing to do with the criticism from his opponents which he said was full of malice.
He said certain decisions are made because there is need and not necessarily that someone has spoken about it.
“When things are wrong, we have a responsibility of owning up and telling our people things are not okay and not to shy away, they are blaming us when we are doing the right things, I am saying this because Zambians don’t appreciate. What Dr Kaunda did they don’t appreciate, they only appreciated after Dr Kaunda left, what Dr Chiluba did they don’t appreciate, they only appreciate after he left, the same goes for President Levy Mwanawasa they never appreciated him when he was in office but when he left they even mourned,” he said.
“They have said the same about President Rupiah Banda and they have said the same about Mr Micheal Chilufya Sata. I have learnt my lessons from these great sons of this country that when you are serving as President they won’t give you space, they will keep detracting you and if you are not strong you fall and when you fall they are happy but I assure you that I am not falling, ofcourse my name is ‘Chagwa’ naliwa kale ine nalima nokwima (I have fallen before and I am up already) and I am not falling again.”
President Lungu said is on the Copperbelt to launch the US $ 449 Million, Kafulafuta Water Supply System Project.