PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary-general Davies Chama has described President Lungu as a forgiving leader who was called names by some individuals prior to his election, but he has never sought or taken revenge after assuming office.
And Mr Chama says it is unreasonable to label President Lungu a dictator for declaring October 18, 2015 as a national day of repentance, prayer and fasting because no-one will be forced to pray on that day.
Mr Chama said after the demise of President Sata last year, many people, including some PF members, said a lot of bad things towards President Lungu but he has forgiven them.
“President Lungu is a forgiving man. He has extended his reconciliatory message to everyone, even those who called him names,” Mr Chama said.
He was speaking yesterday during Burning Issue, a radio programme on 5FM.
Mr Chama said Mr Lungu has no grudge against former Vice-President Guy Scott because as far as the President is concerned, he has reconciled with everyone who called him names.
Mr Chama said politics of scandalising, innuendos, lies and name-calling among politicians should be rejected by all well-meaning Zambians.
He said that there is so much hate speech among the citizenry and it is important to forgive each other.
Mr Chama said forgiveness is a sign of good leadership and should not be politicised because it is cardinal in ensuring peace.
He said the national day of repentance, prayer and fasting that President Lungu has called for is not aimed at the PF but for all citizens.
He said criticism of the re-alignment of government ministries is unfortunate because this was done to propel efficiency in service delivery.
Mr Chama also said President Lungu has not diverted from the PF manifesto of infrastructure development, which includes improving roads.
He said the challenges that the country is facing should not be politicised because they are not unique to Zambia.
On tribal remarks he allegedly made against the Tongas, Mr Chama said that his remarks were specifically directed at United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema and not the Tonga people.
Mr Chama said that he respects all tribes and that he holds no grudge against any tribe.
He also condemned violent party cadres, including those masquerading as PF cadres.