PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says Zambians should vote for him because he had gained the leadership experience needed to steer the country’s developmental agenda.
Addressing a rally at Lucheche secondary school grounds in Mbala yesterday, President Lungu said he came into power last year at the backdrop of inexperience but that he had achieved a lot in the one year that he had been in power, hence the need for Zambians to entrust him with another mandate for continued development.
He said it was important for Zambians to vote on merit based on what the Patriotic Front (PF) government had attained in the past five years it had been in power as that was the only way the country would continue with the unprecedented development recorded so far.
“You voted for me in 2015 when I was a novice but now I have grown into an experienced politician. You know what the UNIP and the MMD attained during their reign and you have seen what we have done in this period we have been in power.
“We have only been in power for five years and you have seen what we have done. It is better to vote for what you have seen with your own eyes and I am asking you to vote for me. Retain me in office so that this development you have seen can continue. It will be unfair to remove us from power now because you cannot change governments just for the sake of changing,” President Lungu said.
He called on the people of Mbala to vote for Mbala Central PF parliamentary aspirant Mwalimu Simfukwe because of the experience he had while urging the PF and MMD members in the area to rally behind him.
And speaking to party members who welcomed him at the ZAF Samora Machel Air Force Base in Mbala, President Lungu implored the people of Northern Province to maintain the peace that had prevailed in the area and not to emulate the spate of violence that had characterised some regions across the country.
He said there was no need for people to start fighting each other because the country needed peace and unity if it was to attain meaningful development.
“I am just coming from a meeting together with other presidential candidates which was called by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and the church. All of us are worried with the increasing cases of violence and I am appealing to all of you to maintain peace.