PRESIDENT Lungu says he wants to be the best President that Zambia has ever had by doing his best for the country.
He is Zambia’s sixth President and he says he has an opportunity to show his potential given the time and conditions.
“I can’t compete with those that are gone but I think, given my time and conditions, I would like to be the best President that Zambia has ever seen,” President Lungu said.
The President was speaking at State House yesterday when he met recipients of the Mandela Fellowship for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) from across the country.
Mr Lungu said as a person who loves taking up challenges, he would do his best to ensure that he makes a difference in his tenure.
“I will take up the challenge and do my best to ensure that I make a difference. I am a listening person and I find answers by listening and others find answers by question,” President Lungu said.
He said one thing he refuses is to die with unexploited potential adding that Zambia’s transformation is dependent on everyone’s potential and abilities.
“A good number of people in my generation have been buried with the potential in them. I don’t think the potential should just pass our generation, we need to ensure that we take advantage of the opportunities we have and be the change we want to see,” the President said.
Mr Lungu told the Mandela Fellows to take advantage of the fellowship in order to bring change in their various communities.
“With this opportunity of being identified by the fellowship, use it to bring out the potential and let the potential blossom and transform your lives and the communities you come from,” President Lungu said.
He said he is happy with the fellowship, which has identified the potential in Zambia’s young people.
“I didn’t know I would be a lawyer. I didn’t know I would be a politician but I knew I could do something to contribute to my community, so as recipients of the fellowship exploit your potential and whatever you are doing you can always do it better. With this opportunity you have, do the best and exploit your potential,” he said.
Earlier, United States (US) Ambassador to Zambia Eric Shultz said 42 young Zambians had benefitted from the fellowship.
Mr Shultz said applications received showed that Zambian youths are smart and have the potential to excel.