President Edgar Lungu has passionately described Vice President Inonge Wina as a lady of integrity who has been by his side throughout his reign of one and half years, adding that she deserves the honour and respect as well as continue being in the leadership for next term of office.
Speaking at the Launch of the PF Campaign at Heroes stadium, where he announced that Ms Wina will be his running mate, President Lungu said that Ms Wina has been his advisor and even at times when he does not take her advice she has never grumbled or protest openly.
Ms Inonge’s motherly heart and quality leadership has earned her the “mother of the nation” title which can easily be traced from the way she handled the in fighting that almost split the party after the death of President Michael Sata.
The President said that Mrs Wina as Vice President has demonstrated that she is equal to the task. President Lungu said that since he became President he has led a winning team and that there is no need to change a winning team.
The President has also directed Mrs. Wina to start grooming quality young Women to take over from her and the Presidency.
Mrs Wina has served in the women movement where in 1996, she was elected National Chairperson of the Non Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council. She was appointed Republican President on January 26, 2015, by President LUNGU.
Ms Wina said that the turnout demonstrated an indication that PF is here to stay and work for Zambia for the next hundred years adding that the party is here to see that everyone will be party of the economic empowerment.
Ms Wina urged the people to grant President Lungu the next five years to govern and provide strong leadership to Zambians.
And President Lungu expressed gratitude for the large turnout and shouted “Sonta epo ubombele, Ngatawa sonte!” as the crowd responded in unison, “apo wabombele!”
“We in PF have lived the legacy of late President Michael Chilufya Sata and it is folly to change a winning team. No football coach wants to change a team that works,” he declared much to the overwhelming and resounding chorus as the crowd jubilated.
President Lungu called for the country wide mobilisation exercise so that the party wins the 50+1 and charged for all to be ready for the task as he is equal to the task.
“I was a nonentity now am known and I am equal to the task. We must remember that we can only win these elections if we work hard as a team,” he says.
He took a swipe at the opposition leader for UPND Hakainde Hichilema whom he says has never been at any level of leadership even at the position of councillor if he wants to be considered for national presidency.
The President said that when he called for national prayers he was castigated by Mr Hichilema who wrote a letter to him in which he accused the President of having failed hence the call for national prayers.
Mr Lungu, however noted that no one should fool around with God adding that to date the opposition leader has mounted his campaign billboards where he is quoting God in his messages.
“Those who are criticising are professional critics, let them criticise as we walk the talk of developing the country,” he says.
On the Referendum, Mr Lungu said that his administration wanted to put to rest the issue of the constitution and urged all the Zambians to vote YES for the Referendum so that the country forges ahead in national development.
He wondered as to why his administration should be removed from power when the works can clearly be seen in all the ten provinces, ranging from schools, universities, health centres, roads and the enhancement of the agriculture sector what with the introduction of the e-voucher.
Mr Lungu castigated former vice president Guy Scott for defecting and abrogating what he promised the people that in the 2016 the PF would not have difficulties with campaigns because they would just point at the works done.
The President said that in three months time am coming with a full mandate for the next five years and not the last 21 days he had last year when he went out to campaign.
On religion belief, the president said that his administration will never leave God outside in the governance adding that contrary to what the opposition is planning to revoke October 18th as a Day of National Prayer, it will remain as per declaration as it helps to bring together all Zambians to call upon God for guidance.
On the use of public resources, the president said that last year he won without it when he was ostracised by his colleagues in government then led by acting President Guy Scott. He however, called upon the cadres to avoid sarcasm, insults, misconduct and the use of abuse language as well as engaging themselves violent campaigns.
And PF National chairperson Dr Ngosa Simbyakula said that the thousands that had managed to fill up the stadium have shamed the critics who earlier claimed that it will not be possible to do so.
Dr Simbyakula said that the politics the PF is pursuing are politics of development hence the large crowd and response adding that it has never happened before.
Former Vice President Enock Kavindele declared at the PF national Rally: “We don’t want to go into the second re-run. Let us get our voters cards ready and make sure we give President Edgar Lungu the first win”.
And Former MMD president Rupiah Banda’s appearance at the stadium upon arrival from the Mutati led MMD convention sent the crowd in applause as he took to the podium to greet the crowd.
“Mulibwanji onse. Nabwela kukupasani moni. Nachokela ku Kabwe kuli convention ya MMD,” he says.
Christian Democratic Party leader Dan Pule speaking on behalf of his fellow opposition. Leaders supporting the PF leader Mr Lungu, called on all Zambians to go out and mobilise the campaigns so that he is elected for the next fives years.
Dr Pule also called on the christian fraternity to rally behind President Lungu whom he says has demonstrated his submission to God through his works and the dedication for the construction of the Cathedral House of Prayers.