PRESIDENT-ELECT Edgar Lungu has appealed to Zambians and the clergy in general to continue committing the nation to prayer for peace to continue prevailing.
President Lungu said when he graced this year’s Kulamba traditional ceremony of the Chewa people of Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique in Katete today that the country deserves peace to enable citizens to conduct their business without undue pressures.
He said violence has no place in the societies hence the need for Zambians to strongly condemn the barbaric acts which cause untold misery on the people.
Mr Lungu said Government cannot allow barbaric acts of violence to cast a shadow on the much cherished peace.
He said all Zambians must aspire to place of decency at the rendezvous of opportunity towards the country.
He said it was considerable regret that some people have used the just-ended general election to sow seeds of discord among the people.
President Lungu said Zambians must reject abominable acts of tribal hatred some misguided elements committed against target groups.
He said those acts must be stopped and those who wish to perpetrate such behavior must know that Government would stop them.
He said Zambia was a peace loving country, tolerant of one another adding that people must continue to co-exist.
He said the ugly chapter must be behind the Zambian people as soon as possible what happened in some parts of the country post-election day which was a terrible scare on the conscience of the nation.
President Lungu assured that he had a full confidence in the security services ongoing efforts to speedily bring all to an end.
He said it was important that the country does not lose sight of its democratic credentials.
He said it was also against the backdrop that there was need for the Zambian citizenry to observe the One Zambia, One Nation motto.
“There is need to embrace this motto which was coined by our forefathers in an effort to ensure that peace and unity prevailed over the country’s seventy three (73) ethnic groups. Our forefathers envisaged unity in diversity as a hallmark for us to develop our nation,” he said.
President Lungu said unity was what defines the Zambian people stating that there was need to seriously nurture the unity, if Zambians were to successfully forge ahead as a nation.
“All of us have a duty to cherish this unity. We all have a duty to plant seeds of unity across our nation and beyond,” he said.
He said traditional leadership have a mammoth responsibility to preach peace and stability to people.
President Lungu said the traditional ceremony was one such platform where people could promote the need to unite.
He said it was imperative that Zambians continue preserving the peace which was attained at great sacrifice by the forefathers.
He said for many years now, Zambia has maintained its celebrated status as a peaceful country founded on the “One Zambia, One Nation” motto.
He said the division should not be tolerated because it was a threat to the moral fabric as a civilised Zambian culture.
President Lungu said he was happy that the traditional leaders have denounced political violence.
He said the role of the traditional leaders cannot be over emphasised adding that the chiefs had a primary force in imparting the beautiful culture to the generations and shaping it to fit current day realities.
He said traditional ceremonies do not only remind the people of their origins, norms and values, but also contribute greatly to the promotion of national unity, peace and harmony.
President Lungu said culture underpins the daily life stating that a nation without history, origins and culture was like a tree without its roots.
“This is why we consider traditional ceremonies as crucial cultural activities to the core of our existence,” he said.
Mr Lungu said societies that have weak culture linkages were at risk of endless strife which negatively impact on development.
He said it was for this reason that the three countries should make significant strides to promote peace and unity through the arts and culture sectors.
He paid glowing tribute to Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi for this wonderful ceremony which was bring the nations together.
“I wish your royal highness continued good personal health as you endeavour to provide wise counsel to Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia on matters of culture, social and economic development,” he said.
President Lungu paid gratitude to the people of Zambia particularly in Eastern Province for upholding peace during the August 11th general election.
He said the Kulamba traditional ceremony had gone down in history as a tremendous achievement and greatest demonstration of cultural freedom of the three countries.
Notable who attended the ceremony includes Malawian minister of Sports and Culture Grace Chiumia, Tete province First Secretary Lina Portugal, newly elected Member of Parliaments(MPs), former home affairs minister Lameck Mangani, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo, Provincial Patriotic Front(PF) Chairperson Andrew Lubusha and MMD leader Felix Mutati among others