THE merchants of ill-will, hatred and senseless malice have been shamed by the victory Zambians have given the Patriotic Front (PF) in the just-ended parliamentary by-elections, President Edgar Lungu has said.
President Lungu said Zambians have rejected regionalism, tribal politics, hatred and malice because they believed in the One Zambia One Nation motto and were ready to dismantle any regionally based political strongholds.
Toasting the resounding victory in the just-ended parliamentary by-elections in Malambo, Mulobezi and Petauke, the Head of State said tribal and regional politics often negated the democratic gains and freedoms the country had recorded.
Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda said in a statement yesterday that President Lungu was determined to continue championing national unity across tribe, political, religious and all other affiliations because that was the reason Zambians elected him.
President Lungu said the victory in the three parliamentary by-elections was not his alone but for the Zambians whom he said had continued to show immense support to the ruling party.
He said those who sought to sow seeds of discord by spreading falsehoods and hate speech should be reminded that the outcome of the three by-elections had shown that the goodwill of the people would always triumph over merchants of ill-will against others.
“This victory is neither mine nor the PF’s alone. It is the victory of the people of Zambia have continued to show immense support to the ruling party. There are many lessons to be drawn from the just-ended parliamentary by-elections, one of which is that Zambians have rejected regionalism and tribal politics because they believe in the One Zambia One Nation motto. To those who seek to sow seeds of discord by spreading falsehoods and hate speech, the outcome of the three parliamentary by-elections is yet another reminder that the goodwill of the people will always triumph over the merchants of ill-will and senseless malice against others,” President Lungu said.
He said Zambians would always choose their leaders in a free and fair atmosphere, a situation that characterized the campaigns except for a few incidents which he said police should ensure they do not recur.
The President stated that he was mindful that the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) won a ward seat in Mulobezi and congratulated the party for their local government seat victory.
“While these elections have been free and fair and while Malambo and Petauke remained incident-free, there were those of our brothers and sisters in Mulobezi who attempted to stand in the way of democracy by exhibiting intolerance. They must accept that the people have spoken and vox populi, vox dei (the voice of the people is the voice of God),” President Lungu said.
The President said there was no North-Westerner, Southerner, Westerner, Northerner or Easterner and that Zambians were one irrespective of their region, religion or tribe.
He said the PF had won seats in two important regions that some narrow-minded individuals would want to consider as opposition strongholds, stating that Zambians would not fall to falsehoods because the country was cherishing unity it had enjoyed for the past 50 years.
President Lungu stated that there was nothing of incremental value to the nation about sheer malice, hatred and petty jealousies, adding that the PF administration shall continue to soldier on with the development of the country and creating better lives for all citizens.
The PF has recorded six straight wins at parliamentary level and more than 20 local government seats in the last four months.