TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu says he will not relent in denouncing violence because it has no room in Zambia.
Mr Lungu said he counts himself lucky for leading a peaceful country and that he does not want to be a president who will destroy the peace Zambia is enjoying.
The President told journalists at City Airport shortly before departure for Eastern Province yesterday: â€œThere is no room for violence in this country and I will not relent in preaching against violence because our children want peace,â€ Mr Lungu said.
The President said it is sad that the political arena has become volatile and hoped that all political players will not shy away from preaching peace.
President Lungu said Zambians are looking for peace before, during and after the August 11 elections and further urged all political players in the country to emulate the stance he has taken in denouncing violence.
And prominent business executive Austin Chewe has urged Zambians to unite in sustaining Governmentâ€™s development agenda by voting for President Lungu and the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) in the August 11 general elections.
Captain Chewe, who is in the â€œForward with Edgar Lunguâ€ campaign team, said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that Zambia is in safe hands under President Lungu and that people should not be swayed into experimenting leadership by individuals pushing for change.
â€œA lot has happened since President Lungu assumed office. President Lungu has given the people of Zambia a new constitution they wanted and people should be happy that there are a lot of development projects taking place across the country.
â€œWe donâ€™t want to see the leadership of destabilisation and I am urging all Zambians to continue praying to the God Almighty so that President Lunguâ€™s leadership can continue,â€ he said.
Capt Chewe advised all well-meaning Zambians to unite and work with the PF as it is the only party delivering development across the country.
He said Mr Lungu has a heart for Zambians and that he is happy that the head of State is committed to creating employment and decent livelihoods for all Zambians regardless of their political, religious or ethnical affiliations.
Capt Chewe also called on Zambians to understand where the country has come from and where it is going in terms of development before supporting some presidential candidates.
TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka