PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he will accept the outcome of this year’s presidential elections.
He said he was not in politics for the sake of power but ensuring that there was peace in the nation.
Speaking when he addressed congregants at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Itezhi-Tezhi yesterday where he attended mass, President Lungu said he would not allow violence and urged the church to pray for politicians ahead of the elections.
The Head of State said his wife Esther has been encouraging him not to pay attention to the outcome of the August elections but concentrate on ensuring that the nation was peaceful.
“Yesterday, I received a report in the night that after we left Bweengwa our friends (UPND) destroyed cars and property because they didn’t want us to be there but democracy allows us to be everywhere,” the President said.
He said Dr Kenneth Kaunda introduced one-party State because of political violence during that time. President Lungu warned that the opposition UPND should not force him to do what Dr Kaunda did during his time.
Meanwhile, St. Barbara Catholic presiding priest Father Rodgers Nyanga said Zambia had been blessed with an extraordinary gift of peace and no one must disturb this blessing. Delivering a sermon where he touched on the Catholic theme for this year based on mercy, Fr Nyanga said losers in the August 11 elections must not be tempted to disturb the peace and stability Zambia has enjoyed for the past 50 years.
“Do not take peace for granted,” he said. Fr Nyanga told congregants that the difficulties people encounter in life were meant to teach them the supreme gift of compassion.
He cited the story of Moses and Israelites and their harsh journey from Egypt to the promised land.
Immediately after the mass, President Lungu held a closed door meeting with church leaders and thereafter proceeded to inspect Itezhi Tezhi Day Secondary School.
At the school, President Lungu encouraged pupils to be hardworking in order to live their dreams.
President Lungu said he would use available resources to promote education in the country.
He urged the pupils to aim at achieving more than just the Grade 12 certificate requirement to become an MP. “Aim higher, don’t just end up a Grade 12,” he said.
President Lungu also took time to address the girl child on the dangers of early marriages and passionately pleaded with them to always refuse being engaged in early marriages.