Lungu preaches Pan Africanism

AFRICAN countries should continue promoting Pan Africanism and the values of democracy as the best practices of governing themselves, President Edgar Lungu has said.

President Lungu said African countries could only learn the best democratic values if they continued interacting with each other on the best governance practices.

The President, who left for Malawi yesterday to attend that country’s 51st independence anniversary, said the Pan Africanism spirit that united the continent in resisting colonial governance should continue among African countries.

President Lungu, who refused to be drawn to comments on  former vice-president Guy Scott’s statements that the Head of State had a deal with former president Rupiah Banda, said he was going to Malawi to celebrate that country’s 51st anniversary under the spirit of Pan Africanism.

President Lungu refused to comment on Dr Scott’s assertions that President Lungu’s election was nothing but a “MacGyver bandage” stating that he did not want to be drawn into simple politics.

He told journalists that Dr Scott’s accusations that there was a deal between the Head of State and former president Banda was not a story worth his comments and he  would not therefore be drawn into such a debate.

President Lungu said he did not want to be drawn into commenting on people who were seeking prominence but would rather focus on the bigger picture of how best Zambia could interact with other countries in the region and the continent to learn the best democratic practices and values.

The President said Zambia would continue supporting democracy on the African continent, stating that African countries could learn the best governing practices if they continued interacting and sharing the best causes for their people.

“No, no, no, do not draw me into simple politics. I have been invited to Malawi to celebrate with them the 51st independence anniversary. This is about Pan Africanism and we support democracy and we want through the Pan Africanism spirit to have the same values. You can only learn the best if we interact and this is what we are doing. So leave me out of simple politics and I do not want to talk about people who want prominence…people who are political victims,” President Lungu said.


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