Editor's Comment

Security assurance timely

FILE PICTURE: SPECIAL assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda addressing the press at State House. PICTURE: MACKSON WASAMUNU

THE new Constitution which President-elect Edgar Lungu signed in January is under scrutiny from political players.
This is because we are a democratic country and a shining example in Africa.
So, as the ConCourt continues to hear the presidential petition, life must continue because the country is still enjoying peace and stability.
Before the President-elect is sworn in, the outgoing President continues to perform the duties of the head of State until he hands over the reigns of power.
So, there is no vacuum in State House on account of a petition before the ConCourt as alleged by some sections of society.
State House on Tuesday affirmed that President Lungu is in charge of national affairs as the incumbent President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
As President Lungu’s special assistant for press and public relations, Amos Chanda, said on Tuesday, all government systems are operating normally.
He also cautioned against dragging security wings into the political discourse. Some sections of society, for reasons best known to themselves, but clearly mischievously, have been trying to draw the security wings into the political picture on the misplaced assumption that there is a leadership vacuum.
There is no power vacuum. President Lungu is the incumbent.
It is evident too that peace and order has been restored in parts of the country that were hit by post-election violence. This is with the help of the security wings and firm calls by peace-loving Zambians for all people to be accommodative of each other in diversity.
This is why Zambia National Service (ZNS) commandant Nathan Mulenga, for instance, has assured the nation of peace and security in the wake of the political violence in some parts of the country in the aftermath of the August 11 general elections.
Lieutenant General Mulenga said, however, that the responsibility for maintaining peace and unity in the country lies squarely on the shoulders of the Zambians themselves as they were the custodians of the spirit of the One Zambia, one nation motto, which he said was already embedded in the country’s traditional values.
Gen Mulenga expressed faith in the peace-loving nature of the Zambian people and was hopeful that even without the intervention of the military and security wings, the violence the country was experiencing would soon go into self-destruction because Zambians love their peace and that they have learnt to co-exist beyond tribe or colour over the years.
It is because of this tranquillity that investor confidence in Zambia has continued to rise as correctly stated by the Zambia Development Agency.
Little wonder the Kwacha is gaining in strength against the major currencies. The Bank of Zambia witnessed an impressive bond auctioning which was over-subscribed by about K1.7 billion last week as the local currency continues to be strong against the United States dollar.
Stability will continue because President Lungu does not cease to be President until power is handed over to the President-elect.
After all, the President remains committed to upholding the Constitution to protect lives and property in the country.
We are glad that President Lungu has pledged to respect the outcome of the court and has urged others to do so as he has accorded the necessary due process of courts, which has delayed the inauguration ceremony.
The public anxiety is understandable but peace prevails as the law takes its course.

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