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Lungu lights up PF fundraiser in New York

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (second from right) and Patriotic Front Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri photographed using a selfie by Francis Malama (right) during the USA-PF Fundraising at Davenport Country Club in New York, United States of America on Friday, September 25,2015. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2015

IT WAS typical of a Friday night event – star-studded and full of life, and show of love. Not only that, it was also a planning meeting, one that sought to usher the Patriotic Front (PF) into the higher echelons next year.
By about 23:00 hours after President Lungu’s hat had been auctioned at US$10,000, the revellers, no, diners, had been captivated enough not only by the President’s re-assuring speech but by the performance of musicians.
Name them – Macky II, JK, Kings Malembe and Mampi, performed courtesy of Mathew Ngulube, who flew them into the US for the event organised by Zambians in the United States of America.
Meet the President Dinner Dance, they called it, and indeed they met him after his official duty at VIP Country Club, about one hour-drive from Manhattan. The President delivered his speech with passion, re-assuring that dual citizenship is seriously under consideration.
He invited the Zambians in the USA to invest in their country.
He said nothing would stop Zambia from becoming the economic powerhouse of southern Africa if its citizens worked together.
Mr Lungu said Zambians abroad and at home should remain inspired by countries such as the US that made a difference because they acted with courage and resolve.
Referring to the USA, Mr Lungu said: “This is a land of the brave, who were ready to sacrifice for the greater good of their country. As you live in this country, I ask you to think of the great words by US former President John F Kennedy, who said, “Ask not what your country will do for you, ask what you can do for your country’.”
Localising President Kennedy’s famous quote, Mr Lungu said: “Ask not what Zambia will do for you, ask what you can do for Zambia”.
“If countries such as Singapore transformed under very difficult circumstances, then nothing can stop us from becoming a ‘land of work and joy in unity, all one, strong and free’. These countries made choices not because they were easy but because they were necessary,” he said.
He said Government is ready to make difficult choices that would forever change the course of the country for the greater good.
He said while Zambia has pressing challenges, it would be good for its citizens to look at ways of extending development programmes and projects to the Zambians in the Diaspora.
Mr Lungu assured Zambians living in New York that his Government is ready to pave way for dual citizenship for them to take part in the affairs of the country and benefit like other citizens.
He urged them to join the rest of Zambians to pray and fast for the country on October 18, which has been designated as a `national day of prayer and fasting’.
Deputy PF secretary general Mumbi Phiri and PF vice-chairperson for media and publicity Sunday Chanda attended the dinner with Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga and Minister of Gender Nkandu Luo.
Others were Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Emerine Kabanshi, Chief Mumena and Chieftainess Mwenda.
At the end of it all, James Wang was happy to get the President’s hat. His face beamed.
Meanwhile, Mr Lungu has congratulated United Party for National Development for winning the Solwezi West parliamentary seat.
Mr Lungu said the PF has grown in popularity because apart from winning the Lubansenshi seat, the party scooped six of the nine ward elections.
Mrs Phiri said the party is repositioning itself for the 2016 general elections and would not abuse State resources for the cause.
She said the PF promised Zambians that it would generate its own resources for the mobilisation of the party.


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