PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has said it is his hope that no one is going to supplant the will of the people following his victory in the just-ended general elections and has stated that he will remain in the presidential saddle for the next five years.
And President Lungu has revealed that some part of the business community in Zambia did not want the Patriotic Front (PF) to win the August 11 general elections because they supported a certain opposition political party.
President Lungu said it was real that he had been re-elected Head of State and was going to preside over the country’s affairs for the next five years and that anyone else aspiring to take up the governance of the country should begin to prepare themselves for 2021.
He said while he acknowledged that the August 11 presidential race was tight, it was his hope that the PF was going to win the 2021 general elections with a galloping margin.
Speaking at a breakfast hosted in his honor by the business community in Lusaka at Chrisma Hotel yesterday, President Lungu revealed that he had been informed that the business community was supporting an opposition party.
“I am told that the business community supported the opposition but unfortunately, it has not happened. I am in the saddle for the next five years and I hope no one is going to supplant the people’s will.
So whether you like it or not, you are going to have me for the next five years and we have to focus on 2021 and I hope the difference will be galloping,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said time for campaigns was over and that it was time for Government and the business community to interact on how best the country could grow.
He said the business community was critical to economic development of the country and urged the businessmen and women to continue advising Government on how best to run the economic affairs of the country.
He said it was the responsibility of politicians to create a conducive environment to enhance the interests of the business community in the country.
“The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has the duty to collect tax and the money goes into our health sector and other economic infrastructure programmes that would benefit our people. So all of us are partners and we are in this boat together. So we can either sink together or float together,” President Lungu said.
And representing the business community, Mr Guy Phiri said the breakfast was organized in honour of the Head of State to interact with them.
Mr Phiri said the business community in Zambia had the responsibility to advance economic affairs for the betterment of citizens.