President Edgar Lungu after he received the Constitution Amendment bill that was passed by parliament last week. President Edgar Lungu reiterating that he would assent to the document in the first week of January, next year. PICTURE BY EDDIE MWANALEZA/STATEHOUSE . 23-12-2015
President Edgar Lungu

Countrymen and Women,

Good Evening,

We have come to the end of an exciting and largely peaceful campaign for tomorrow’s General Election and national referendum.

Let me therefore thank all of you for the largely orderly and peaceful manner you conducted yourselves during the campaign period. Regretably, there were some isolated incidents of violence.

Let us all learn lessons from these experiences and commit to greater peace and unity of this country we all cherish. That is who we are as Zambians–peaceful, united, and tolerant of One another!

My family and I appreciates that there can be no greater honour this great nation has bestowed us than to accord me the opportunity to serve as president. Zambia, I thank you!

It is with immense gratitude and sense of pride that I saw the nation join me enthusiastically in my efforts to revive the great One Zambia, One nation motto.

We are all One people, regardless of our party affiliation. Let us all remain a united, peaceful and stable nation. Zambia is our common inheritance.

No One must be allowed to sacrifice the long-cherished peace we have enjoyed since the founding of this great republic.

Guidance: Executive oversight

As president, I want to assure the nation that I will do my very best to provide the necessary leadership to ensure there is law and order in the remaining phase of the electoral process tomorrow and beyond.

Let us all do our part in this regard and allow state institutions charged with the responsibility to deliver elections do their work without undue influence.

The electoral commission of Zambia (ECZ), the Zambia police including other state agencies must be left to discharge their duties without undue pressures.

The need to observe law and order cannot be over-empahsized in our quest to keep Zambia a Peaceful and United Nation.

Our duty as citizens now is to support this final phase of the electoral process to run its full course. That is to say voting, counting, verification and the announcement of the results.

We must all exercise patience by waiting for the ECZ to officially announce the final result in order to preserve the integrity of the outcome of the election.

Countrymen and Women,

As head of state, my primary responsibility is to protect life and property. I am sworn to ensure that this is achieved through the enforcement of law and order.

Let me therefore take this solemn opportunity to appeal to all citizens, our cherished visitors, monitors and cooperating partners to adhere to the rules and laws governing the election so that we minimize potential conflict.

Elections are a means of fair competition about ideas, not a platform for Enimty. Violence cannot, and should not be the Currrency of politics.

The currency of politics should be ideas. Extremism and other illiberal values have no place in our democracy.

We must all aspire to progressive virtues of tolerance as the bedrock of democratic co-existence amid diversity.

I implore all citizens to remain peaceful and seek the face of God. We are a Christian nation, and so we shall remain.

Let us all remain in constant prayer to ensure the blessings of the almighty God are with us.

The Almighty God who has guided this Great Republic will see us through to yet another epic chapter in the life of our nation.

I Thank you all,

May God bless you all,

God bless Zambia!

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    • Lungu! I hope you have packed your bags! Am also ready to throw you a welcome back party ku kumboni,,, lots of Chibuku, shake shake, Jameson Wil be served

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    • CHIBE CHIBE LUNGU ALEYA!!!
      RAIN NO RAIN PF MUST BE VOTED OUT!!!!!
      AS MR LUNGU HAS STATED IT IS TIME FOR THE PEOPLE TO HAVE THERE SAY. ZAMBIANS HAVE BEEN TERRORIZED BY CADRES FOR WAY TOO LONG!!! BA CADRE BA CHILAMO. IT IS TIME TO BRING OUR COUNTRY BACK TO LAW AND ORDER. PF CADRES HAVE BEEN RUNNING MARKETS AND BUS STOPS LIKE PERSONAL PROPERTY!!!!! MAILO NO MORE AND WE EXPECT CHARGES ON ALL THOSE THAT HAVE ASSAULTED INOCENT PEOPLE.
      ZAMBIA FOR CHANGE!!!!
      ZAMBIA FORWARD!!!!!
      CHIBE CHIBE LUNGU ALEYA
      RAIN NO RAIN PF MUST BE VOTED OUT!!!!

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    • Your Excellency, you make us proud and keep us at peace. This is just phenomenal ending of a true statesman. Your patriotism, humility, temperament, meek spirit, respect for the citizenry of women, children, widows, orphans and the aged is your biggest expendible capital to freely win souls and minds of voters across boundaries in Zambia. We’re proud to have identified virtues of leadership in you following death of MCS and unapologetically pitching your candidacy in 2015 and now 2016. We’ve run a good race and fought a good fight to the finish line of more Grace. Thanks every voter!

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    • GOD BLESS YOU MR PRESIDENT. SEE YOU AFTER 11 AUGUST IN THE SAME CAPACITY AS OUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. FOR NOW IT’S BYE.

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    • I will miss Edgar, I mean dancing skills with his wife deserve an award.
      And thanks to LT to devote almost 3 full days of covering out- going President. I hope you were paid atleast $50000, out of that free $6million poured on PF campaign.
      Job well done LT.

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    • Just something wrong with this guy Lungu. The country has gone thru the worst election violence, and yet he says stuff that he neither understands nor believe in. Worst president ever.

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    • YES , WE ALL GAVE YOU THE HONOUR TO BE PRESIDENT, JUST LIKE THOSE THAT YOU HAVE KILLED SENSELESSLY, DID TOO!

      But HOW DID YOU REPAY THEM???????
      YOURS WAS TO SET THUGS ON THEM, MOW THEM DOWN WITH BULLETS!!!

      Their sin??????
      EXPRESSING THEIR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS!!!!!!!!

      WE KNOW, that YOURS IS ONLY TO EMULATE “NAPOLEON”, THE PIG OF ANIMAL FARM, WHICH TO THIS DAY, YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED WITH GREAT CLARITY!!!

      “ADIOS AMIGO!!” WE HAVE HAD OUR GUTS FULL OF YOU, CHAWAMA IS WAITING TO GIVE YOU ONE HELL OF A HOME COMING!!! ACTUALLY, THAT IS AN INSULT TO CHAWAMA, BECOZ CHAWAMA HAS HARD WORKING SUFFERING PEOPLE, it is THUGS LIKE YOU THAT GIVE IT A BAD NAME – RATHER CHIMBOKAELA WILL GIVE YOU ONE HELL OF A WELCOMING PARTY!!!!

      VOTE WISELY 11/8/2016!! VOTE TO LIBERATE ZAMBIA FROM THIS…

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    • …VOTE WISELY 11/8/2016!! VOTE TO LIBERATE ZAMBIA FROM THIS CABAL OF THIEVES!!! VOTE ZAMBIA FORWARD!! VOTE UPND!!! ABANTU BAYA!!!! VOTE FOR DEVELOPMENT & UNITY UNDER THE ONLY PROGRESSIVE PARTY – UPND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      #Chagwamustfall!! #PamaFikuyabebele!!!!!!!!

      I thank you!!

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    • As head of state, my primary responsibility is to protect life and property….
      The above you failed when the state machinery was used to kill that women in cold blood.

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  1. Well spoken bakateka,we only have one Zambia and it is our common inheritance despite our differences in political ideologies…

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    • Is there HH speech or we wait for inaugural address on Sunday at Heroes stadium or it be at supreme court?

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    • Lungu is the most useless and incompetent President that Zambia will ever! Zambians will vomit him back into the Chawama slum where he belongs.

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    • I am wondering who wrote this speech for Lungu???

      For sure, these are not this drunkards words. Not even one negative mention of HH???

      Maybe it was HHs speech and this thief sent his OP thugs to steal it.

      Anyway let us await the ECZ declaration of the results and see what he has to say when he realizes his time is up and there is and end to stealing poor Zambian taxpayers money for his parties!

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  2. Thank you Mr President.

    I too pray that Zambians enjoy casting their votes tomorrow whatever the results will be.

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  3. Surely what kind of President addresses a nation hours before a Presidential General election…technically at this point in time the instruments of power should be transferred to the Chief Justice. Anyway this man has been a disgrace with misplaced priorities and absolutely no understanding of Good Governance!!

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    • Jay Jay as you rightly put it in your comment ‘he is still the President’!! That is why. The constitution does not allow for a power vacuum just because there are elections. Where do you get the notion that the instruments of power are handed over during the elections. He was addressing the country in his capacity as President of Zambia and not of PF or as a candidate. The content of his speech reflected this non-partisan position too. The truth of the matter is at the end of the day their is benefit from incumbency and that is unavoidable.

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    • Blabla – Thanks, nice to hear objective responses from some of you bloggers. Commenting the President’s speech. The one candidate who throughout has been shouting on top of his voice, “ONE ZAMBIA”, while others have been quiet and mute on the need for unity. Thank you ECL, Zambians saw you and listened.

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  4. GOD BE WITH YOU CHOSEN ONE
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    It is just less than 24 hours before your second half. God be with you Bayede, Wena we Ndlovu! What God has put together let no man put asunder! By and large, behold son of man that you now have so many enemies, both on the blog and in real life. May God grant you divine protection. Trade carefully; to much bakapondos around. Yes you shall rule again. The people of this noble country employ you to steer this ship to even higher heights again. Grace be on you.

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  5. It is as if lungu knows the results will be in dispute and citizens that feel agrived might take to the streets

    God bless zambia.

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    • Reading between lines: correct observation. Let us continue praying for peace to prevail during and after the polls. God intervene Lord and give us a LEADER and not a looter in leadership jackets.

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  6. You forgot to tell us how the NINE BILLION DOLLARS for your sontapo WILL BE REPAID!

    Our unborn children are waiting for your answer!

    Or did you think you could steal K23 MILLION and get away with it scot free?

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  7. Woo, addressing the nation this late?

    This was NOT planned, but woke up after reading HH message, so PF was caught unaware hence had to respond at all costs. Especially after realizing that the last campaign message seemed to be off the mark as it was full of hatred towards HH & GBM

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  8. Chakolwa just pack will have already organised a party for you. WELCOME back HOME CHAWAMA BARS HAVE MISSED YOU ALOT,we need sanity in state house not Umungulu mistaken for humbleness.

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  9. The campaign is over. I noticed that Lungu Kudos crew kept saying all Zambians but SP would vote PF Lungu.

    So I await results from Muchinga, Luapula, Northern and Eastern Province or what was called North Eastern Rhodesia.

    Then I want to see what comes out of North Western Rhodesia.

    The key to success is the line of rail; Lusaka and Copperbelt. How will we vote?

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  10. The President who has really fought for rights of ordinary Zambians, sought God’s guidance in governance, humble & respecter of rule of law. Thank you for your exemplary service to country & tolerance. You’ve overseen epic achievements including calling & facilitating for National prayers, new Constitution, roads, hospitals, schools, shopping malls, bridges, power stations, bumper harvests amidst drought etc like no other President before. Yet some have audacity of calling all this failure! You’re truly blessed Mr President & may God continue blessing you & blessing Zambia by working through you as our President even after tomorrow. Amen!

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  11. PF COLLAPSES! KAMBWILI ANNOUNCES HIS LAST MINUTE RESIGNATION FROM PF AND FORMS HIS OWN POLITICAL PARTY.
    Reports reaching us indicate that Former Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili has resigned from PF with imeadeate effect and has since formed his own party called the Economic Progress Party (EPP). Confirming his resignation, PF Kabushi aspiring MP Bowman Lusambo said Mr Kambwili will officially tender his resignation letter to the PF president Edgar Lungu before Friday next week. Other PF sources on the copper-belt says Mr Kambwili has managed to convince every aspiring MP on the Copperbelt to join his party next week as he believes President Lungu has no chance of winning tomorrow’s elections.

    The resignation of Mr Kambwili came in the wake of his self conviction that the…

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  12. Well spoken Mr President. You will receive our votes. We campaigned hard for you and we are 100% sure of your winning today.

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  13. I pity all you morons commenting outside Zambia. The FACT is ECL is winning come rain come sunshine. You cant change the political situation by commenting on this blog. Only votes will count today not blogging. Mwanya we will not allow to be ruled by some villager with money. NOOOOOOOOO!!!!1

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  14. Good! I hope and pray to my God almighty that this is the very last speech you will give a president. You have been nothing but a disgrace. Sorry excuse for a “leader”. You Mr Lungu sir are simply not cut out for any public office. You sir must rethink your position as you sleep tonight because you’re soon to be known as former president of Zambia. You will NOT be missed, you were never going to be missed anyway. Zambians know your for what you really are. A drunk, a con and a FAILURE! LAZ will deal with you soon. I will not waste anymore of my time, effort and energy to address you. Simply disappear now and enjoy your jameson for it will be OKEY for you to drink without fear or favour. I only ask that you re-appear when you hand over the instruments of power to duly elected HIS…

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  15. Lungu has reduced the injuries and fatalities during this violent campaign to ‘few incidences of violence’. Will there be any justice for the afflicted and fallen? I guess this is will be determined by the outcome of the elections.

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  16. Seriously speaking let’s embrace our losers in Upnd because it hurts to lose. I remember when we lost to mmd in 2006 I went on hunger strike and no xex for one month. All Upnd zilots should join the pf on Sunday as we match to heros stadium.

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  17. Kind warning: if PF bounces back by whatever means, 1. We start experiencing load shedding unseen before; 2. The electricity tariffs that were quietly shelved will be brought back, making it 3 to 6 times more expensive; 3. Fuel cost will double. The consequences thereafter are known.

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  18. WHAT A HYPOCRITE, A JOKE, AN ***** OF A PRESIDENT WE HAD. LUNGU THE MOST EVIL LEADER ZAMBIA WILL EVER HAVE. ZAMBIANS ARE WAITING TO REJOICE AT YOUR REMOVAL. YOU HAVE TREATED ZAMBIANS VERY BADLY AND YOUR PAYBACK IS NOW YOU EVIL HEARTLESS VISIONLESS DICTATOR. THE BLOOD OF ALL THE PIPO YOU HAVE KILLED TO REMAIN IN POWER CRIES OUT TO GOD ALMIGHTY.

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  19. I have been a staunch PF supporter for the word go. But now I am convinced PF cannot take Zambia to greater heights. Just for the sake of the future generations, let me bore for people I think can liberate this beloved Zambia. I do not need to look at tribe, or start accusing people what they are not or what they have not done

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  20. Life is so twisted those we hate , grace and mercy fellow them – in America have learnt hard way, thinking that they will suppress the black people till a black become a president , they got actually more confused . Most white Republicans can’t stomach his leadership. Gonna happen in Zambia –

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  21. We want a president with an English first name, all the past presidents had English first names, we cannot brake the chain.

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  22. Vote wisely fellow Zambians let’s not entertain former privitisation crooks and wife beaters, vote for those who care for you regardless of your tribe or whether you are rich or poor! Vote for ECL a man who has shown his true capacity to care for all Zambians and a man who has shown true respect for Democracy and the Rule of Law!

    There have been isolated incidents of violence which are due to UPND’s total disregard for peace let’s not risk having such people rule this land!

    God Bless Zambia and God Bless Team PF and ECL!

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  23. Well spoken your excellency ECL.To those aggrieved by his speech,better keep quiet than insulting him.If you’ve no respect for elders what more your own parents.God commands us to respect our parents regardless from you were born from.

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  24. Interesting comments from all. GOD’S WILL IS NOT NECESSARILY OUR WILL. HIS WILL IS ALWAYS SUBLIME FOR ALL. Man and a human is not allowed to hijack God’s will for his/her ill intended motives or trouble follows such a scheme.

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  25. TIMES of Zambia has changed its ‘Forward with the Nation’motto following pressure from government that the old tagline was rhyming with the UPND slogan of “Zambia forward”. Sources at the government-controlled newspaper said management was told to start using the motto ‘Your paper for all Times’ because the old one was seen to be “pro-UPND”. “Yes, the tag line was changed. It was done in February. It now reads ‘Your paper for all Times’ from ‘Forward with the Nation’. We were told by our bosses that it is similar to the UPND slogan of ‘Zambia Forward’,” said the source.

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  26. Kalusa evicted 60 families to accommodate his cows! When he was asked by Bangwe Naviley he responded in the usual GBVM way! *****, stupid, *****ic were his words! I understand why he is like this and why he never smiles. He has spent his life surrounded by the smell of cow dung. He smells cow dung each time he opens his mouth! His saliva must be poisonous!

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  27. Zambia has changed – education ZERO – even lawyers are brain dead – what chance do the ordinary kaponyas have? NIL

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  28. Thats a sigh of relief that finally the country can be run like wise by wise people.! Now,thats what i call PATRIOTIC! You really need to go!

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