PATRIOTIC Front (PF) presidential candidate Edgar Lungu says he will not begrudge anyone if elected in today’s presidential election but pledged to embrace love and hard work while continuing with development projects that were started by late President Sata.
Addressing a rally at Ndola’s Mushili grounds yesterday, Mr Lungu said he will rule Zambia based on values of love that late President Sata preached and practised.
“President Sata never held a grudge against anyone. You could differ with him but one, two minutes later you reconcile. I will love everyone and work hard for you. I will listen to the people and will also consult,” Mr Lungu said.
The rally was attended by Acting President Guy Scott, former President Rupiah Banda, Kabwata member of Parliament (MP) Given Lubinda, Matero MP Miles Sampa, his Chimwemwe counterpart Mwenya Musenge and former diplomat Mary Zambezi.
Other MPs present were Chishimba Kambwili (Roan), Stephen Chungu (Luanshya Central), Emmanuel Chenda (Bwana Mkubwa) and Dorothy Kazunga (Kabushi).
Mr Lungu said the party’s doors are open for any returning members who left PF but have not found comfort where they defected to.
He urged Zambians to ignore other party leaders who are advancing their education credentials in the campaigns, saying academic qualifications are not a guarantee of good leadership but one should also have leadership qualities.
Meanwhile, Dr Scott said the PF should continue in power and charmed the crowd with a Bemba song drumming up support for Mr Lungu.
“Let us not forget that the spirit of late president Sata is still with us here. We are here to support Edgar Lungu because we want this party to continue and the spirit of Michael Sata,” he said before asking the gathering and Mr Lungu to join him in singing Sata leta ubwembya tume ishilu, much to the delight of the audience.
“Isa Lungu ubebe, ubebe,” Dr Scott said in Bemba, meaning Lungu come and tell them.
At another rally at Lusaka’s Woodlands Stadium yesterday, Mr Lungu said United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema must accept and concede defeat if he loses the election.
He said it is unfortunate that Mr Hichilema is accusing PF of planning to rig elections when the party doesn’t even know how to rig elections.
Mr Lungu appealed to party members and supporters not to engage in violence during and after voting.
“When provoked by UPND cadres, just run away from them and tell them you are not interested in fighting,” he said.
And Mr Lungu said his job is now to ensure he provides leadership to the people of Zambia.
“Where I have problems, I will be consulting other leaders that include President Banda, Acting President Guy Scott, First president Kenneth Kaunda and all PF and MMD leaders,” Mr Lungu said.
And former Kabwe Central MP Austin Chewe has urged voters to elect Mr Lungu.
Captain Chewe said at Kabwe’s Comet grounds yesterday that Mr Lungu was chosen by Mr Sata and if elected, he will continue constructing schools, health centres and roads.
Capt Chewe said Mr Lungu is the chosen leader, adding that he is humble person who would diligently rule Zambia.
Capt Chewe said that Zambians do not condone tribal politics because Zambia belongs to all irrespective of their tribe.
And Mr Lungu’s wife, Esther, has said her husband would make a good president because he has unique leadership skills, seeks justice and is keen and able to reduce poverty, enhance infrastructure development and create jobs.
She said in a statement released yesterday that Mr Lungu “is a man the good people of Zambia can trust. He is going to make you proud.”