POLITICIANS who are governed and driven by hatred in their quest to gain state power must never be voted for, because Zambia as a Christian nation believes in the religious ideals of love and unity, Chawama’s Saint Columbus Catholic Church priest Stephen Mwape has observed.
And President Lungu has directed the Road Development Agency (RDA) and other Government departments to prioritise Zambian contractors whenever awarding road contracts.
Fr Mwape said there was too much hatred among politicians which was negatively affecting the development of the country.
Fr Mwape has advised President Lungu to ignore the sadistic attacks and malice on his persona by a selected group of individuals who could not accept that God had anointed President Lungu to be the President of the country after the death of president Michel Sata.
President Lungu and First Lady Esther along with his press aide Amos Chanda, and Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa yesterday attended a church service at St Columbus Catholic Church in Chawama where Fr Mwape admonished some political leaders who had invested in hatred and malice in their quest to ascend to the leadership of the country.
Fr Mwape said it was worrying that instead of preaching love and unity in the country, some political leaders were angry that Zambians had chosen President Lungu to preside over the affairs of the country following the demise of president Sata.
He wondered why there has been so much violence between the Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development (UPND) and advised the two political parties to condemn the vice which he said had polarized the country.
“Those whose lives are governed by hatred should not be given the chance to govern the country because hatred begets evil. There has been a lot of hatred against President Lungu and his government but let me tell you that hatred will never take this country anywhere. The presidential election is over and you cannot continue fighting for one seat that is already occupied. If it is not your time, you will not get it and you must therefore humble yourself and wait. Many said Lungu could not be President but God has made him so and you fail to accept reality,” Fr Mwape said.
Fr Mwape advised President Lungu never to listen to what he termed the Thomases of the country who did not believe that Zambians had chosen him (Lungu) to govern the country.
He told the congregants that God’s blessings were with President Lungu and that the church was going to continue praying for him so that he could deliver on most of the promises he made during his campaigns and shame his critics.
Fr Mwape also took a swipe at politicians who were using tribalism to win votes from the electorate stating that Zambia had remained a peaceful country despite having 72 tribes.
And President Lungu said that he will continue working on projects that would bring about development in the country and ignore his critics who wanted to see him fail.
Speaking at a rally at Chawama Basic School grounds to drum up support for the PF candidate Lawrence Sichalwe ahead of tomorrow’s parliamentary by election, President Lungu challenged the media to be factual in their reporting to maintain credibility.
President Lungu said he would ignore all his critics who were writing false information about him and concentrate on working for the Zambian people.
He said those who were not respecting him as Head of State were disrespecting Zambians and should be ready to face their wrath.
President Lungu has asked Chawama residents to vote for Mr Sichalwe as their member of parliament tomorrow.
And PF Lusaka district youth chairman Kennedy Kamba appealed to President Lungu to look into the plight of jobless youths in the country and consider employing them into Zambia Army, Zambia Air Force, Zambia National Service and the Zambia Police to recruit them.