By KENNEDY MUPESENI –
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has said he is eligible to contest the 2021 polls because the Constitution does not bar him from re-contesting and that those uncomfortable are free to seek the Constitutional Court’s interpretation.
The Head of State said he needed to finish development projects and that if the people needed him, he would not hesitate to offer himself.
“I am ready to stand in 2021 if people want me. It is the people who decide who should be President not one individual,” Mr Lungu said.
The President, who was on a one-day visit to Kitwe, said this upon arrival at Kalulushi’s South Down Airport yesterday.
President Lungu was accompanied by Patriotic Front (PF) Central Committee members, who included party chairperson Ngosa Simbyakula, secretary general Davis Mwila, chairperson for finance Alexander Bwalya Chikwanda, presidential campaign manager Samuel Mukupa and information chairperson Frank Bwalya, among others.
Mr Lungu said he would not fail to govern because he listened to the cries of the people who elected him into office.
The Head of State implored the Church to pray for the Government over various issues affecting the nation such as the army worm invasion.
“The Church should pray for us, we need to pray so that we overcome the challenge of army worms,” Mr Lungu said.
He said with unity, no challenge was insurmountable, hence the need for harmony in the country.
The President said he would continue preaching the ‘One Zambia One Nation’ motto as it was the only way the country could attain the much-needed development…
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has also pardoned all the 14 independent members of Parliament who disregarded the party’s directive not to stand during the last general elections.
President Lungu has also reiterated his warning to old party members to embrace new ones or leave the party.
“You are now bona fide members of the Patriotic Front (PF) provided you follow party rules in the interest of forging ahead. Umwana kasembe (a child needs forgiveness),” Mr Lungu said.
He warned that he would not allow any divisive elements to hinder the progress of the PF and warned that those not comfortable with his leadership style should leave the party.
“I have come here to see what is happening on the Copperbelt, because you have been lying to me that you are together. You cannot lie to me, I am on top of things,” the President said.
Mr Lungu said this upon arrival at Kalulushi’s South Down Airport yesterday.
The President was accompanied to Kitwe by the party’s Central Committee members Ngosa Simbyakula and Secretary General Davis Mwila.
Others were national treasurer, Alexander Bwalya Chikwanda, presidential campaign manager Samuel Mukupa and Information Chairperson Frank Bwalya, among others.
President Lungu said it was difficult to grow the party if new members were not embraced.
“Someone was saying in Luanshya that Lungu Nafilwa (Lungu has failed), we want to get him out, and they think they are old members.
“In the Bible Jesus started with one member, and look at how Christianity has grown because of the spirit of embracing new members,” the Head of State said.
He said he had no blank file and that he would not hesitate to replace any erring individual in the party and Government.
Copperbelt chairperson Stephen Kainga assured the President that the leadership in the province was managing issues.
“We are resolved, there are other people who are coming to destabilize the party, but we are able to overcome and embrace new and old members. We have faith in your leadership,” Mr Kainga said.
Meanwhile, President Lungu also assured the people on the Copperbelt that he values their support and would never let them down.
The President said this after he toured Kitwe’s Chisokone Market, which is under refurbishment.
Mr Lungu donated K200,000 towards the works.