By Nation Reporter
The maintenance of peace and unity in Zambia is impressive, says Emperor Mwant Yamv Mushidi III of the Luba-Lunda kingdom of Central Africa.
He said this when he met President Edgar Lungu at State Lodge in Lusaka yesterday.
The Mwant Yamv has subjects in DR Congo, Zambia and Angola.
He said he wished Zambians peace ahead of the August 2016 general elections.
The Mwant Yamv said he could not go back home to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) without leaving his blessings on President Lungu and the Zambian people.
He was in Zambia on a five day spiritual retreat in Livingstone.
“Thank you very much for allowing us this visit despite your busy schedule. The Queen and I could not go back without delivering our blessings of peace and unity for the people of Zambia,” the emperor said.
He was in the country at the invitation of Overland Missions, an inter-denominational assembly of faith-based missionaries based in Livingstone.
And President Lungu speaking from his retreat house said the PF party had a sense of justice to ensure electoral rules were adhered to across the board.
He assured the emperor that with his blessings, Zambia should remain peaceful during the 2016 election period and wished the same for DR Congo, scheduled to hold elections later this year .
“I am sure with these blessings Zambia should have peaceful elections, and we wish for peace for our brothers and sisters in Congo (DR) whether there are elections or not. We want peace in Congo because we know when there is trouble in Congo, Zambia is in trouble.
“We have very good sense of justice in our political party and we make sure the rules are followed,” President Lungu said.
He explained that although elections were a very expensive undertaking for Zambia, especially with the global fall in copper prices, it was an inevitable undertaking in a democracy.
President Lungu said despite the high cost attached to the holding of an election, the PF government appreciated the importance of democracy with the souring global copper prices deepening economic challenges in most mineral dependent countries.
President Lungu, who was in the company of Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula, said he was making final preparations of his documentation including Grade 12 certificate, green national registration card and his voter’s card in readiness for his nomination today as Patriotic Front presidential candidate at Mulungushi Conference Centre this morning.
The Mwant Yamv was accompanied by his wife, Queen Oddete, with some local chiefs including Chief Mumena of Kalumbila, Chief Ishima Sankeng’I VI (Zambezi), Chief Nyakaseya of Ikelenge and the Lunda Cultural Association of Zambia chairperson Anthony Samuhandu among others.