the most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. Justin Portal Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury(l)speaks to President Edgar Lungu nd the most Reverend Albert Chama, Archbishop of Central Africa when they called on him
the most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. Justin Portal Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury(l)speaks to President Edgar Lungu nd the most Reverend Albert Chama, Archbishop of Central Africa when they called on him

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has said the Patriotic Front (PF) is on course to ending political violence and implementing the resolutions of the recent indaba organised by the Church.

Meanwhile, the Head of State yesterday pardoned 525 prisoners in the exercise of his prerogative of mercy.

Mr Lungu assured of peaceful elections, adding that PF was on course in implementing resolutions from the indaba which he and other political leaders agreed upon.

He has since challenged other opposition political leaders to denounce violence and ensure that the resolutions were implemented.
“For us, we are very committed to seeing peaceful elections and we are already on course to ending political violence,” he said.
He was speaking at State House yesterday when visiting Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of Central Africa Albert Chama called on him.

Mr Lungu said the need to end violence should not only be his duty as he has been talking to PF members who were adhering to his advice and challenged other political leaders to lead by example.

He reiterated his call to the Church to use its influence to help denounce political violence and pray for national peace and unity.
Mr Lungu commended the Anglican Church for its support to Government citing key areas such as health and education aimed at uplifting the lives of the people of Zambia.

Dr Welby praised President Lungu for working hard to change the livelihood of Zambians and the efforts to ensure peace and unity continue to prevail ahead of the elections.

He was happy that Mr Lungu was among political party leaders who attended the indaba to explore more ways of ending violence.
“Zambia is a good country, we are happy to see the rains, but we are aware of low water levels in Kariba Dam,” he said.

The Church, he said, would pray for Zambia to overcome current economic and global challenges emanating from high oil prices and low copper prices on the international market.

And President Lungu has pardoned 525 prisoners under his prerogative of mercy provisions of Article 59 (d) of the Constitution of Zambia.

His Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda told journalists at State House yesterday that President Lungu had signed a presidential warrant to pardon the prisoners.

“So he (Mr Lungu) has signed the warrant to release 525 prisoners with immediate effect and some of these prisoners are facing sentences while others are serving long sentences,” he said.

The pardon followed an exhibition of good behaviour by selected prisoners and the move would help to decongest the prisons.
He said Mr Lungu was of the view that the Prison Service should move swiftly to becoming more of a correctional service than being a punitive institution.

In February this year, Mr Lungu signed another warrant and pardoned 500 prisoners serving life imprisonment, on death row and other sentences and a large number of them were female convicts.

Mr Chanda said the President was also concerned about congestion in the prisons and was encouraging construction of modern facilities through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative.

President Edgar Lungu speaks to the most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. Justin Portal Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury at State House when the archbishop called on him
President Edgar Lungu speaks to the most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. Justin Portal Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury at State House when the archbishop called on him
President Edgar Lungu speaks to the most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. Justin Portal Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury (c) and the most Reverend Albert Chama, Archbishop of Central Africa when they called on him
President Edgar Lungu speaks to the most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. Justin Portal Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury (c) and the most Reverend Albert Chama, Archbishop of Central Africa when they called on him
President Edgar Lungu speaks to the most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. Justin Portal Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury at State House when the archbishop called on him
President Edgar Lungu speaks to the most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. Justin Portal Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury at State House when the archbishop called on him
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8 COMMENTS

  1. BaLungu, think about kaseba it is not about winning but doing what is right. look at what Mandela did to samora’s wife, DR Kaseba was wrong and may not realiz that but think about her as your running mate. Bembas say umuntu nga lelila tabamuceba pakanwa. She did what she did because of the death of the husband. We have elders like KK they can help. DR kaseba, do not take your children to HH leaving their father’s party.

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  2. ……Mr Lungu said the need to end violence should not only be his duty as he has been talking to PF members who were adhering to his advice….

    Mr President, I urge you to issue to exercise your full constitutional mandate as Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces and Head of Police to order these men and women in Uniform to immediately WIPE the slate of violence clean.

    We have confidence in these gallant citizens to curb, arrest, annihilate, subdue and neutralize these ex-criminals and corrupt elements who are now posing as cadres but at core they are nothing but bandits.

    If you do this one thing, the whole of this nation, sub region and African will be indebted to you and you will secure your place in history.

    Your Excellency, you may not have done according to…

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    • If you do this one thing, the whole of this nation, sub region and African will be indebted to you and you will secure your place in history.

      Your Excellency, you may not have done according to everyone’s expectations in the economy but this one act of courage and patriotism to the motherland will be akin to that immortalized act of Solomon who despite being wayward ended up killing all the philistines in one go and saved his people the Isrealites. Sir, you too can do the same. Save us from these political hooligans in PF and UPND. Unleash the forces of leviathan on these crooks, hoodlums and criminals posing as cadres.

      I pray for God to guide you and do what is right for us all.

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  3. WE HAVE HEARD THIS SPEACH FROM THE HEAD OF STATE SO MANY TIMES NOW BUT HIS CADRES ARE SHIELDED FROM ARREST EVEN IF THEY KILL. HYPOCRACY AT IT S BEST. WHY PARDON ALL THOSE PRISONERS? OR ARE THESE THE ONES THAT WERE ISSUED WITH VOTERS CARD?

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  4. As long as pf cadres continue enjoying police immunity, political violence will worsen as we get closer to 11 / 8. Voting out pf is the best way to end violence.

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  5. This guy is just fit to be a section chairman. He’s commander in chief for goodness’ sake. Kanganja can stop the violence if only his boss stopped being a cadre.

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