PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has vowed to wage a resolute fight against corruption at individual and institutional level and has declared that there will be neither sacred cows nor sacrificial lambs in his crusade against graft.
And President Lungu has said Zambia was capable of solving the energy and exchange rate problems and is confident that the country was going to rise above the current economic challenges through the agenda of creating a ‘‘smart Zambia’’.
Addressing the nation on the eve of the country’s 51st Independence anniversary yesterday, the President said he was gravely concerned with the declining spirit of patriotism among citizens and urged Zambians to cultivate a culture of putting common good before personal interests.
The President said it was the obligation of all Zambians to be patriotic to the country by demonstrating unflinching loyalty, support and love for the nation.
He said for the country to progress, there was need for Zambians to uphold the highest standard of integrity in public and private affairs, stressing that every citizen would be held accountable for their actions.
The Head of State said it was therefore imperative for Zambians to place the country at the centre of individual and institutional undertakings, stating that citizens could not claim to love their country while at the same time weakening it by engaging in corruption.
President Lungu said it was the duty of every citizen to resist the temptation to offer bribes in return for public services and that it was his expectation that public service workers were going to resist the urge of soliciting for bribes to do their work.
“I am gravely concerned with the declining spirit of patriotism among some of our citizens. To achieve our aspiration of creating a smart Zambia, we need to put the common good before personal interests.
‘‘To sustain our progress, we shall wage a resolute fight against corruption at individual and institutional level. We are all expected to hold the highest standard of integrity in public and private affairs. In this respect, every one of us will be held accountable for our actions. There will be no sacred cows in the fight against corruption and there shall be no sacrificial lambs,” President Lungu said.
The Head of State called on Zambians to embrace innovation and entrepreneurship anchored on creativity, stating that Zambia was a country with a young population and had growing aspirations and expectations.
President Lungu said the young generation needed opportunities to fulfill their aspirations and expectations and that only innovation and entrepreneurship would be able to deliver the opportunities.
He said there was need for Zambians to commit themselves to broad-based agenda that could speak to the divergent interests of every section of society.
President Lungu said for Zambia to achieve her goal, there was need to promote and maintain a clean, health and safe living and working environment because the natural environment was key to the survival of the country.