Congratulations have continued pouring in for the newly elected president Edgar Lungu with latest coming from the Universal Peace Federation UPF.
The faith based organization notes that the public still has confidence in the ruling party hence their wining the just ended elections which saw Mr. Lungu emerge victorious.
In a statement Issued by Rev .Rudolf Faerber General Secretary Zambia Chapter the organization says for Zambians to return the PF it shows how trusted the party is and that the party should repay the public by working with the people in order to meet their needs and keep their trust.
Rev Faerbef further calls on government to initiate dialogue stackholders including opposition political parties on developmental projects something he noted would benefit the nation at large.
The federation also commended President Edgar Lungu on the appointment of the first female Vice President.
Below is the full statement issued to the media by the federation.
The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Zambia Chapter wishes to congratulate newly elected Republican President, H.E Edgar Lungu and the PF party for merging victorious in the just ended presidential by-elections.
Furthermore, we congratulate the Zambian people for exercising their right to vote for a leader of their choice in a peace, fair and democratic manner.
The UPF believes that for the people of Zambia to return the ruling party in office, it shows how trusted the party is and therefore, it is time for the PF to satisfy the Zambian people by working with the people in order to meet their needs and keep the trust.
As one of the international organisations that observed the elections we the UPF appeal to the President and his government to continue preaching about peace so that Zambia can retain its status of being called a peaceful nation in the region and beyond.
We also would want to see the ruling party offer an olive branch to other parties that participated in the Presidential By-Elections so that they can participate in developing the nation and by working together unity is promoted.
We call upon the PF government to initiate dialogues on developmental projects with other political parties that will benefit the nation at large.
To the losing candidates we say; it is not the end of the road but continue to soldier on.
We as UPF acknowledges the efforts parties put in during campaigns but now it is time to support eachother for the Zambian people.
We also urge politicians to forget about the political rivalry but to embrace the spirit of togetherness and give support to government so that there is meaningful development.
It is good that the opposition parties have exhibited maturity by allowing a smooth transition of power to take and showing what democracy is.
We believe by working together regardless political affiliation, we are building and promoting peace and dialogue among politicians before, during and after elections.
UPF also recognises the contributions Zambia received from international organisations in order to hold the elections because this shows how concern the world is in good governance of Zambia.
As UPF, we shall uphold our core objectives of promoting peace through interreligious dialogue and ensure that there is political harmony.
Meanwhile, UPF recommends H.E Edgar Lungu for appointing our UPF Ambassador For Peace and former Gender and Child Development Minister, Hon. Inonge Wina as the first female Republican Vice President.
This appointment gives an inspiration to the female folk aspiring high offices because it shows that sky is not a limit.
This also shows how President Lungu has embraced the leadership style of Late President Michael Sata of being gender sensitive. We wish President Lungu and His government a good fortune in governing the nation.
Statement Issued by:
Rev .Rudolf Faerber