President Edgar Lungu says he will not risk the lives of Zambians at the expense of the remaining in political office.
President Lungu says he is not desperate to remain in power because it is God who appointed him to be President. The Head of State says it is sad that some opposition political parties want to use violence to get into power.
President Lungu says it is unfortunate that some lives have been lost in the process while others have been injured due to electoral violence. He said Police have intensified their presence and will ensure that persons perpetrating violence are brought to book regardless of their political affiliation.
President Lungu was speaking when he addressed a rally in Mumbwa district this afternoon. President Lungu said he is aware that some UPND cadres dressed in PF regalia are causing confusion through a scheme dubbed watermelon operation formula. He said the Inspector General of Police has assured him that the Police command will ensure that peace and order is maintained.
And First lady Esther Lungu who accompanied President Lungu has urged Zambians to remain peaceful because Zambia is a Christian nation. Mrs Lungu says Zambians have a duty to remain united and love another despite political affiliation, tribal or colour. She said the PF stands for peace and will continue to be peaceful, before, during the and after the elections. Mrs Lungu said it is important for every Zambian to uphold the one Zambia one nation motto. She has also urged Mumbwa residents to turn up in numbers and support the PF for continued development.
And PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri says the recent turn out of people at rallies is a clear sign that the PF has the support of Zambians ahead of the August 11 elections. Mrs Phiri said the PF party has demonstrated that it can promote the unity and love in the country.
And PF Katuba parliamentary candidate Jonas Shakafuswa urged the people of Mumbwa to turn up in numbers and vote for the PF .
Mr Shakafuswa said he left the UPND to join the PF because of the good leadership and humility of President Lungu.
And member of the PF central committee Paul Moonga has urged the people of Mumbwa district not to vote on tribal lines.