Editor's Comment

Congrats Lungu, it’s time to move on

LUNGU

THE Bible in Ecclesiastes 3:1 says there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
Zambia has in the past few months gone through different and difficult political times.
There was a time of campaigns where political players may have injured one another as they attempted to win the sympathy of the electorate.
Then there was a time for elections, which naturally came with its own challenges of mistrust and finger-pointing and subsequently violent attacks.
Then came a time for legal battles where the losing main opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) petitioned the presidential results, among other law suits.
These legal battles literally held the country in limbo, but thank God President Lungu ensured that the rule of law prevailed.
But today, the inauguration of President Lungu and his Vice-President Inonge Wina truly marks the beginning of a new season for Zambia – a time to move on and rebuild the broken walls of unity and peace.
As President-elect Lungu takes oath today, it should be known to every Zambian, whether in support or not, that he is the man mandated to run the affairs of this country for the next five years.
UPND will do well to move on and focus on future elections.
Actually, UPND leaders can draw lessons from King David in the Bible (2 Samuel 12), who petitioned God for his ailing son. King David absconded from bathing and eating for the seven days his son was sick. Upon receiving news that the son had died, King David reverted to his normal life realising that the verdict had been passed and there was nothing he could do to change the situation.
UPND leaders will, therefore, do well to accept that the inauguration of President Lungu validates that the verdict has been passed and there is, therefore, no need to continue moaning and groaning over a lost election.
It is actually maturity and a demonstration of patriotism for political players to put their differences aside and rally behind President Lungu for the greater good of the country.
Political players should remember that in a democracy, it is the majority rule that determines the winner.
And in this particular election, the majority rule tilted in favour of President Lungu and it is an obligation of every Zambian, including those who did not vote for him, to support him in his execution of national duties.
The Bible says whatsoever a man sows that also he shall reap. It also says do unto others as you would want done unto you.
Under the biblical law of sowing and reaping, it is prudent for UPND and other political parties to support President Lungu in his five-year reign so that when and if ever their time comes, the same will be done to them. But if they choose to remain adamant, they should expect the same attitude should their time ever to rule come.
Let us also remember that Zambia is considered a beacon of peace on the continent and beyond. Therefore, many countries look up to this great country.
We, therefore, need to safeguard this God-given gift which we have enjoyed for the past five decades.
Yes, time has been lost due to legal battles that put the country in limbo but it is now time to focus on development for the benefit of all.
It is time to stand as a united front to overcome challenges the country is faced with such as poverty.
Former United States of America President Abraham Lincoln once said: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
We should remember that Zambia is one country and it cannot, therefore, stand if divided against itself. For “united we stand and divided we fall”.
We congratulate President Lungu on his re-election and pray that God gives him strength and wisdom as he runs the country for the next five years.

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