President Edgar Lungu says he is eagerly looking forward to the 2016 general election following the Patriotic Front’s victories in yesterday’s parliamentary by-elections in Malambo,Petauke central and Mulobezi.
President Lungu has since thanked the people of Mulobezi, Petauke central and Malambo for the for honouring the Patriotic Front with resounding victories.
In a statement made available to QFM News by his special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda, President Lungu has also thanked the opposition for putting up a good run and wished them better luck next time.
He says he is confident that the support the people have shown in him will be sustained until the 2016 presidential election.
President Lungu says the PF does not take the honour bestowed on it by the people for granted, because it is a demonstration of faith and confidence Zambians have in the party.
He since urged PF members to be magnanimous in victory who lost to be gracious in defeat, stating that this is the reality of democracy.
President Lungu notes that Zambians will always choose their leaders in a free and fair atmosphere.
The Head of State further notes that there are many lessons to be drawn from the just ended parliamentary by-elections, one of which is that Zambians have rejected regionalism and tribal politics because they believe in the One Zambia, One Nation motto.
He states that with this conviction on the part of Zambians, they remain ready to dismantle any regionally based political strongholds,because that kind of politics negates the gains the country’s democracy,freedom and unity.
He further states that the outcome of the three by-elections is yet another reminder to those who seek to sow seeds of discord by spreading falsehoods and hate speech that the goodwill of the people will always triumph over merchants of ill-will and senseless malice against others.
President Lungu adds that there is nothing of incremental value to the nation about sheer malice,hatred,and petty jealousies, stating that Zambians will not fall for falsehoods.
President Lungu says he will continue to champion national unity across tribe,political,religious and all other affiliations.
He adds that he will continue to perform his duties by bringing together the cream of the nation from different political and professional backgrounds because everyone is called to do their best in serving mother Zambia.