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Inauguration Speech By The President Of The Republic Of Zambia His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Delivered On Tuesday, 13th September, 2016 At The National Heroes Stadium Lusaka

ONE ZAMBIA!
ONE ZAMBIA!
VIVA ZAMBIA
MULI BUTI?
MUCWANI?
MUDING’AI MWANE?
MUJIBYEPI MWANE?
NGACHILI MWANE?
MULI BWANJI?
MULI SHANI BONSE?

Your Ladyship the Chief Justice, Madam Irene Mambilima; Your excellencies Heads of state and government present; Your honour the Vice-President of the Republic of Zambia, Madam Inonge Mutukwa Wina; The honourable Mr. Speaker of the National Assembly, Justice Dr. Patrick Matibini, SC, MP; Your excellency the First president of the republic of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda; Your excellency the fourth president of the republic of Zambia, Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda; Representatives of heads of state and government; The secretary-general of the Patriotic Front, Mr. Davies Chama; Members of the Central Committee of the Patriotic Front The secretary to the cabinet, Dr. Roland Msiska; The mayor of the Greater City of Lusaka; Your royal highnesses; Esteemed leaders of other political parties here present;

Members of the diplomatic corps; Representatives of the church mother bodies and leaders of other faiths; Distinguished guests; Members of the press; Countrymen, women and youth:

My primary duty this morning is to enjoin everyone of you, my dear compatriots, to join me in bowing our heads to thank God almighty for his omnipresent mercy and compassion in guiding us through the delicate electoral process that ended generally peaceful.

Our men and women of God, in all our churches and indeed mosques, synagogues and temples, who relentlessly led us in prayer for peace, love and fellowship, deserve our thanks.
The culmination of the electoral process has not only been the overwhelming support for our great party, the patriotic front, but a positive and decisive evolution of our beloved country.

Our people continue to grow in this democratic dispensation.

I cannot find adequate words to express my unqualified and deeply heartfelt gratitude to you my fellow countrymen and women for the confidence and trust that you have reposed in me and the PF fraternity through your vote, which surpassed expectations.

To all my fellow foot soldiers in the patriotic front, our partners in the movement for multi-party democracy (MMD), the Christian democratic party, the Zambia Republican party, the all-people’s congress party, and the many other sympathetic parties, I tender my most sincere thanks.

Country men and women,

For your diligence, your passion, your sense of national duty, your enormous sacrifices, and your unassailable patriotism, I thank you!

To the many well-wishers who, in one way or another, provided for me, my colleagues and our party with generous resources that made it possible for us to campaign effectively, before and during the elections, we say thank you.

You truly don’t know how important your contributions were.

Let us seize the opportunity to rise above the different points of view that divided us.  The temptation to believe that only our solutions alone are the best is an ingrained human deficiency.

By happy coincidence, and because of the commendable track record of performance in government, the patriotic front has once again been entrusted with the mandate to preside over the destiny of Zambia.

As we continue with this sacred mandate to push the frontiers of our robust transformational agenda for mother Zambia, I will always seek solace in your fellowship, love, undivided loyalty and commitment to your country.  It is an honour that we must justify.

The elections are over. And as a people, we stand as united as ever. We know that elections, like any other competitive enterprise, have the ability to bring out the most selfish aspects of our humanity.

Country men and women,

When the election season is over, there should be no winners and losers but we all must take away with us the valuable from the elections.

On my part, I have learnt that there is no time and latitude to settle old scores. We have got work to do.

Let us seize the opportunity to rise above the different points of view that divided us.  The temptation to believe that only our solutions alone are the best is an ingrained human deficiency.

It is our duty as citizens of mother Zambia to acknowledge that we are on this journey together, as guided by our national motto: “One Zambia, One nation!”

My dear friends, You have placed on my shoulders a huge burden of responsibility… and indeed a heavy debt to ensure that at no time should you ever feel you had misplaced your trust and confidence in me. I won’t let you down!

I can only totally submit myself to the good lord almighty, to continually guide me to dutifully, diligently and faithfully, with humility, fulfil my duties and obligations to our country.

I have sworn to be a servant to every Zambian and no individual or group of individuals or class of individuals shall hold me hostage to serve their personalised interests. I will not disappoint you!

I am mindful of the fact that no leader, however strong, can succeed in any endeavour of national importance without the support of the people he or she is sworn to serve. The patriotic front, from the inception of its administration in 2011 under the leadership of our illustrious departed hero, Michael Chilufya Sata (mhsrp), embarked on a crusade to transform Zambia by accelerating the human development process.

As a party in government, we have taken power to the people in a way never before. We must now consolidate the gains of the past five years.

Our programmes have resulted in the unprecedented unfolding of infrastructure, an inescapable prelude to all forms of development, including in the critical social sectors. We are proud of what we have achieved in just five short years amid some of the most intractable challenges in the local and global economy.

Country men and women,

We still have a lot of unfinished business. But I am persuaded beyond doubt, that we will push even more vigorously to consolidate our transformative development agenda.

We must have a little more faith and confidence in our own abilities to change our adverse situations.

We must now re-define the word investor to mean ourselves. Fellow Zambians, patriotism is cardinal for the survival of our nation.

In my humble opinion, our first point of investment in this democratic enterprise must, as of necessity, begin with investing in ourselves.

On my many trips around the country, during my campaigns, I discovered a project embarked upon by a few patriotic Zambians.

These compatriots, against all odds, have established an iron and steel plant in Kafue town.

To this effect, in order to encourage such homegrown industries to thrive, I am making Kafue town an iron and steel facility economic zone.  I am also beseeching my compatriots to develop this facility into a centre of excellence for local industries.

This economic facility zone is meant to induce the revamping of the economic status of Kafue and spearhead the industrialisation programme for Zambia as a whole. This is the model of what we intend to do countrywide to facilitate the emergence of homegrown industrialisation.

Country men and women,

For those who will join me in my new adminsitration, I have a message for you! We all must lead from the front.

I want to lead a green revolution that must cultminate in sustainable national food security from individual actions of each one of us.

To this effect, I am directing that it is a pre-requisite for anyone starting from the rank of director in government ministries and departments to engage in at least one agro-based activity. This can be a smallholder for fish-famring, poultry, vegetable or any food production venture. I will lead from the front starting with my staff at state house.  We are gifted with adequate land and water resources abundantly and excellent weather. We cannot just talk about this and let it pass. Let us get down to work!

Country men and women,

I have no hesitation telling you my countrymen and women that I myself come from a humble background and as a result, I am deeply touched by the difficulties and miseries that ordinary people experience in terms of material possessions.

I am a product of the sacrifice, which determined humble people made to make us who we are.

My parents invested in us, their children, to progress beyond where they themselves had managed. They taught us to respect hard work. They taught us to respect other people irrespective of their status or station in life.

This is a legacy I treasure and always seek to emulate and pass on to my children and their children.

While on family, allow me to thank my dear wife, Esther, who has been with me on the campaign trail. She has been a tremendous source of strength and inspiration. My dear Lady, thank you so much!

To my children, grandchildren and all my friends and relatives, I say thank you for your unfailing love and support. Zambia belongs to all of us who live in it and work it.

Country men and women,

Our new mission must now be to give ourselves the ability and confidence to be masters in our own destiny.  We must begin to conclusively wean our economy from the current copper mining dominated mono-economy.  In this new dispensation we must promote and sustain agriculture to become one of the main drivers of our diversification programme.

Whilst it is in our basic interest to make our rural areas more attractive by continuing with our very successful programmes of decentralisation, we must, as a matter of extreme urgency, also begin to decongest the road traffic in our main urban settlements.

There is a dire need for us to improve in our discipline in all the things we think, say and do.  I plan to introduce ultra-modern radar-based technology to help control reckless behaviour on our roads in order to curb the ever increasing traffic accidents.  Road traffic enforcement agencies will work closely with my office to install this technology. No life must be lost needlessly on our roads.

Country men and women

In order to sustain our country’s industrialisation and agriculture efforts, we must continue to develop support infrastructure such as feeder roads, railways, waterways and begin to generate energy from other potential sources while preserving the environment and minimising the cost of doing business.

I can announce here that my adminsitration will in this term of office, pursue nuclear technology as part of the a diversified sustainable energy mix to power our economy.  I also have good news that some where in the north of the country, in block 31, investors have began a promising exploration project for oil and gas.

My fellow Zambians, we must now start to redouble our efforts at indigenising investment in science and technology research, in development and in innovation. To do this, our skills base must improve correspondingly.

We must begin to strengthen the Zambian economy by making the transaction in the Zambian Kwacha a reality.

In order to self-sustain our economy, we must first produce local, buy local and use local and then export more.

Yes, my friends, it is now time for us to make concerted efforts at protecting, preserving and rehabilitating our country’s environment so as to systematically mitigate the effects of climate change and make our tourism industry more meaningful.  “sonta apowabomba, ngawafilwa sela tubombepo” is not only a political slogan, but also a new cultural dispensation calling for hard work.

Countrymen and women,

Once again you have exhibited the maturity and collective wisdom, by choosing peace during the rather prolonged election process.

Yes, there were pockets of hostility, but isolated. Nevertheless, even these isolated acts of hooliganism are a bloat on our image and must be totally banished from our midst.  Those incidents of violence in some parts of our country are a collective shame on all us. But perptrators must carry a heavier burden of it.  Those acts of violence are a scar on the conscience of the nation. We will act decisively to forestall such behaviour.

Countrymen and women,

In this regard, I will be appointing an inquiry to establish the cause and perpetrators of the post-election violence so that the nation can learn from such mistakes.

As a responsible government we cannot look away when organised violence is deployed against some sections of our people. That cannot, and will not be tolerated!

Let me take this opportunity to thank their excellencies, the heads of state and government, who have made time to come and support us.

We value your hand of friendship and the brotherly relations that exist between our governments and our peoples. Thank you for your solidarity and your unflinching commitment to our cause.

Additionally, and on behalf of all Zambians, I would like to thank all institutions and individuals who took part in the management of the electoral process.

These include but not limited to the electoral commission of Zambia, our cooperating partners, civil society organisations, observer missions, both local and foreign, the churches and civic groups for your valuable contribution towards the successful holding of elections in Zambia.

The Zambia police service and other security wings deserve our commendation for maintaining peace, law and order before, during and after the elections even under extreme pressure and provocation.

Countrymen and women,

The future and promise of this great country beckons us all. Now is the time to put aside our differences and believe in our common destiny.

Together we must dare to dream big, try harder and care deeply for our country.

As we embark on developing the country in the next five years, we are mindful of the development challenges that daunt us.

The majority of our people are predominantly youths and it is my desire to harness the potential we see in the youths to spur development for our country.  The youths need education and skills, they need proper health care system and be facilitated to effectively participate in our economy.

The next five years must deliver prosperity to all Zambians, especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our society.

As it has been said before:

“the test of progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have little or nothing at all”.

Government took a deliberate policy to align the national planning process to the electoral cycle so that with a new electoral mandate we can set development priorities for ourselves.

Therefore, as we embark on this new journey we ought to ask ourselves fundamental questions to challenge our mindsets.

Countrymen and women,

For this to happen, I pledge that my administration will not leave anyone behind. Under my administration, every region of the country and all Zambians are entitled to receive the benefits of development.

Similarly, each one of us is expected to contribute to national development and this shall be the hallmark of the seventh national development plan and is also contained in our party manifesto.

Prosperity for all cannot be achieved in an acrimonious environment. Without peace, there can be no development. Without peace, our current achievements can easily be undermined, without peace, there can be no stability in the nation. It is only in a peaceful environment that we can build on our achievements and attain greater prosperity for all.

We will remain focused on facilitating a conducive business and investment climate to ensure private sector led development.

Government will also not hesitate to take appropriate measures where development efforts are being impeded by factors that affect delivery of public goods.

Where private sector participation will not be realized at the desired rate, government will apply a mix of policy and legislative interventions aimed at enhancing development.

Government will also not hesitate to take appropriate measures where development efforts are being impeded by factors that affect delivery of public goods.

Some of these may include making interventions on land encroachments in development pathways, making interventions on those keeping land idle that can be used for development and employment creation for our youths.

To further accelerate development efforts, parastatal companies will through the industrial development cooperation (IDC) be required to take the lead where private sector participation is not being fully realized.

Pension houses will be required to invest in housing development and other infrastructural development projects to support speedy delivery of development.

Let me also reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that resources reach all districts by accelerating sector devolution and fiscal decentralization.

Let me underscore our commitment to pursuing national planning process to set benchmarks on which financing of sectors will be based and prioritized.

Countrymen, women and youth,

As we steer Zambia towards prosperity for all, we shall pursue a progressive foreign policy with particular emphasis on economic diplomacy, which must have direct benefits to the people of Zambia.

We will remain true to our international commitments and this much we pledge.

I would like to call upon all Zambians to inculcate a culture of hard work within ourselves, sacrifice and endurance in our quest to achieve our personal ambitions and benefits.

Engaging in corruption cannot be a substitute to the pride that comes from personal effort and determination to achieve prosperity.

May I therefore implore all Zambians to work hard in our schools, in offices, in ndustries, on our farms and in our homes.

Let every village, chiefdom and town reverberate to the rhythm of our hard-working men, women and the youth.

Let our resolve to contribute to a better Zambia not be constrained by the many challenges that come our way.

Let us sacrifice for our motherland and this way, we will secure and guarantee prosperity at individual, family, community and national level.

Let us exhibit stewardship towards our common inheritance, wealth and destiny, our land, our minerals, our environment and our people.

In our quest to secure prosperity for all, the road ahead may not be easy. It calls for commitment and hard work. Like our noble eagle in its flight, we have the capacity, tenacity and determination to confront adversities.

We discharged our civic duty solemnly, proudly and freely and at the end of the day, the die was cast and you the people spoke.

I can see and feel your aspirations, in Lumumba road, in Mongu, in Solwezi, in Chipata, in Mpika, in Kawambwa, in Mumbwa…Chimwemwe, Kanyama, in Chingola, and of course in Dundumwezi. Yes I hear you all.

Today, on this day, in this place, we meet to affirm the power of your vote.

Your vote signifies your re-affirmation of your great trust and confidence in the PF government. We shall not take your unwavering trust for granted.

It is against this background that I would like to pay glowing tribute to all our political opponents for the well- fought battle. What unites us is by far greater than what seeks to divide us.

Friends, we have nothing against one-another but instead we only have a common agenda and that is to develop this great country.

I would also want to thank my colleague and vice-presidnet of the republic of Zambia who is also my running mate for her unparalleled support.

I also wish to express my great and heartfelt gratitude to all triumphant mps and all those who did not make it for putting up a spirited fight.

My gratitude also go to all party functionaries lead by the secretary-general of our party and all our supporters for a job well done. I want to thank you our foot soldiers, our cadres… well done.

You are the lifeblood of this great party, the winning PF!

Countrymen, women,

I appreciate you all my brothers and sisters, mothers and children, grand parents the disabled and all diverse people of this country for turning up in great numbers.

I can see and feel your aspirations, in Lumumba road, in Mongu, in Solwezi, in Chipata, in Mpika, in Kawambwa, in Mumbwa…Chimwemwe, Kanyama, in Chingola, and of course in Dundumwezi. Yes I hear you all.

My Dundumwezi promise stands…I am coming to greet those 252 dear supporters of mine and hope to convert more! I feel and hear your needs and we will not let you down.
Let me end by saying let us hold each other’s hand and move forward together. We can jointly and whilst holding hands together climb even the highest mountain without being daunted by its summit.

Thank you-mother Zambia;

May God bless you all,
God bless the republic of Zambia!

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99 COMMENTS

    • HERE IS A FACT

      They invited 54 heads of states and 2 turned up

      Thats right 2/54 is the worst turn up of all indpenedent states for a turn up and as SKynews have reported today, Zambia has broken an unwanted record.

      Its a sham altogether and the whole thing was a scandal.

      I have abig lump in my throat

      How was illegality seen as legal ?

      Thanks

      BB2014

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    • Big congrats your excellency and salutations to all foot soldiers, fellow patriots and guidians of our collective national interest. Time to pat each other on the back and unite for a big take-off in realizing the Zambia we want. We have no time for deviance but equittable development. Democracy has carried the day and Zambian wins again. Best ECL and mama Zambia!

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    • Empty words or not he is the President of the Republic of Zambia. For those who are claiming the Chief Justice was not there because you were too scared to watch this is what happened: The Chief Justice and her entourage proceeded to the swearing in dais. The Chief Registrar asked the Chief Justice to invite the President to the swearing in dais and after reading the oath the President signed the form which the Chief Registrar handed to the Chief Justice to countersign. Yes the reading was not done by the Chief Justice but by the Chief Registrar but the actual signing of the paper was done by the Chief Justice. And thereafter he was given the instruments of power which have been shown for the first time.

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    • Great speech … If one looked at this speech and compared it to the inaugural speech of Abraham Lincoln, one walks away with the same inspiration! ECL is the Zambian Abraham Lincoln. From now on, I will premise ECL as the Zambian Lincoln.

      Congratulations, Mr. President … You are a listening president and the agenda is set for the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise. In the coming days we will be finished with the cabinet and the work begins. We will be rolling out the entire plan piece by piece.

      Because you won, Zambia won and we all won. You validated our endorsement …

      You are the best

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    • The Chief Justice could not bear to see this Bemba Buffon slur his words as Mugabe looked on. Where were teh other African leaders? Ha, ha, nobody came .

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    • Ba mumba why would you want to compare ECL to LIncoln? Lincoln was a damn racist who never liked black people. why would you admire such a person. Dont ever compare any african to a european or white person. african people are by far better in terms of their humanity mwaumfwa tata.

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    • Ba zagaze … Yaba! Tata imwe muli fontini!!! Who told you Abraham Lincoln was a “damn racist”? Don’t talk about things you don’t know. Do you know why America had its first and last Civil War in the 1800s? The south was trying to secede from the north because the north had outlawed slavery.

      Abraham Lincoln later signed the Emancipation Proclaimation which freed all slaves in the United States. Abraham Lincoln was the first US president to do that. Slavery was abolished with the power of a stroke of Abraham’s pen.

      After the Civil War ended, the nation was divided and Lincoln stood there to offer reconcialtion and set the country on the path to national building similar in nature to what ECL did today. So, please go get some education before commenting on things you don’t know…

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    • So, go do some research and confirm these facts but I am afraid you don’t have the guts to come back here and admit you had no clue who Lincoln was and what he did. As a Zambian American, I am proud of that ECL ~ the Zambian Lincoln did in the above speech.

      I am excited to contribute effectively to nation building in my area of expertise. I am eager to work hard as Lincoln instructed us to do. I would like my contributions to national development to exceed $10 billion in investments using our capital procurement structure.

      I would like to do this using cost neutral projects to GRZ with positive cash flow for generations to come.

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    • ECL ~ the Zambian Lincoln even gave us a new definition of “Investor”. Every Zambian should now take up that mantle so that we redeem our selves from the slavery of poverty. Just like Abraham Lincoln encourage the south to understand that there was live after slavery had ended, the Zambian Lincoln encouraged us to look to individual prosperity post this election season.

      ECL ~ the Zambian Lincoln even told us we are now going to expand our possibilities for energy generation including going nuclear … In case you didn’t know, Zambia has the third largest reserves of uranium in the world. We are going to build nuclear power plants.

      That resource alone can power the entire continent with electricity … I am loving it! I like what I see

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    • Meant to say … Abraham Lincoln “encouraged” the south to understand that there was “life” after slavery … The spell check things sometimes puts its word in my mouth (writing). I hope the message was not distorted … Thanks a trillion

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    • Ba mumba – so mwamona kwati fya mano sana mwalanda atini tata. Ati am zambian american kkkkk. Anyway, lets do this history lesson real quick. I know you read what you were taught in school seeing your Zambian america. But i wonder if you analysed and did your research. The south was economically richer than the north due to free labor and their cotton farms. they didnt see the need of the north as it was a burden on them. With the war looming, it became evident that the north would lose because the south had more slaves. Lincolns trick was to free the slaves to offset the odds. thats why he freed the slaves. not your reasons. Here are some quotes of lincoln about black people, You coon!!!

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    • 1. There is a natural disgust in the minds of nearly all white people to the idea of indiscriminate amalgamation of the white and black races … A separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation, but as an immediate separation is impossible, the next best thing is to keep them apart where they are not already together. If white and black people never get together in Kansas, they will never mix blood in Kansas …
      2. I have no purpose directly or indirectly to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so. (does this sound like a man who wanted to free slaves genuinely? Research and think critically dont just regurgitate!!!)

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    • 3. I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is physical difference between the two which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position.
      4. Our republican system was meant for a homogeneous people. As long as blacks continue to live with the whites they constitute a threat to the national life. Family life may also collapse and the increase of mixed breed bastards may some day challenge the supremacy of the white man.(the last one is special for you, i know you have married a white woman kanshi your…

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    • hero was so against it kkkk. talk about agony.) Prove me wrong with my quotes that your lincoln was racist. Like i wrote earlier brother, come home and admire black men of stature not your lincoln. Talk about ptrice lumumba, malcolm X, Thomas Sankhara. John Henrik Clarke, marcus garvey, fredrick douglas, Imhotep, Narma. these are men of honor. If you need literature, i can send you some books for free. just give me your email address via the LT contact kaili i know you will be scared to pos it here for all to see. I want to take you on as my student in history and black studies. You must know who you are. Peace and sorry for belittling you. But i just had to for some reason. i dont like it and i will do better next time.

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    • 6. This one totally debunks your fake theory on the civil war. “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery”.
      I rest my case student

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    • Ba zageze … Owe!!! Kuti waseka. Ati you married a white woman. This among all else just shows your limited knowledge. Let me help you here … The quotes you have provided about Lincoln all of them just you insinuating I am married to a white woman are all wrong.

      Stop the cut and paste nonsense where you just pick small part of the quotes to explain points. That’s what most people without depth do … Run to Wikipedia pick up a few quotes and display them out of context just to qualify their initial blunders.

      You have quoted all the 4 out of context, so go back to the entire passages and explain the entire questions Lincoln was attempting to explain. Read and if possible copy and paste the entire diatribe and you will immediately self-contradict.

      Hey, I don’t need your…

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    • Continued … I don’t need your schooling from your Wikipedia copy and paste school of Lies & Mediocrity, I attended highly superior ecole and your grasp of world affairs, shallow it is for my liking. Try something else because if the above is all you have and your white woman marriage torpedo is your final arsenal then how empty your barrels are, mate!!

      Further still, your analogy of the south being richer than the north is totally off base either. They are more developed cities in the north than the south even to this day. Real wealth was in the north while the south depended on slavery.

      In fact, I know you don’t know this … Slevery as an enterprise was more lucrative than the farms and the actual products the plantation produced. So, which school, which history book lied to…

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    • Continued …
      In fact, I know you don’t know this … Slevery as an enterprise was more lucrative than the farms and the actual products the plantation produced. So, which school, which history book lied to you that the south was economically viable than the north?

      Those are the books you want to send to me? Crap!!! Keep your unlearned books to yourself, I don’t need the ignorance contained in them all. Abraham Lincoln was killed in office mainly because he pushed the button on making sure that blacks were saved from slavery.

      What have you ever lost, let alone your life for the cause of a race for you to lecture me here? Again, mate … Get your facts straight not this shallow Wikipedia copy and paste stuff. Get some real education not this black supremacy nonsense for all men…

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    • Continued … Get some real education not this black supremacy nonsense for all men are created equal and are endowed with the same inalienable rights from the Creator. If you think whites and Europeans are a lesser creed, how come your comment flag is Canada?

      Why are you there, what are you still doing with your black supremacy? How hypocritical of you????!!!!! Get me real facts otherwise don’t bother replying to me again … Adios amigos

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    • Ba Mumba…Kikikikiki uluse…Zagaze gave you a good lecture and your response is very shallow and childish…Kikikikiki. Just re read your response and you will understand what I am talking about. it’s way below your usual standards here on LT..you could not dispute Zagaze’ s quotes but only stack to one point that you are married to a white woman. It shows that your knowledge of American history is what you were told in community college which does not represent the truth..you really need more lessons from Zagaze…Kikikikiki ..

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    • Ba Mangala … Kwena bane muli mu bwafya! First of all I am so glad I started my second degree almost 20 years at the Community College which was a great cost saving measure, I must add. But I never took American History there, so for you to come here and refer to American History taken at a community college with no proof is really yet really laughable but hey … You are Zagaze are probably cut from the same clothe.

      From the community college I attended the best schools of business my money could afford and just going by the same assumptions you and Zagaze can bring forth on this LT, any advanced intellectual can easily dismiss your diatribe as lacking veracity.

      So, go ahead and prove that my knowledge of American History is from a Community College by showing my transcripts here…

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    • Continued … So, go ahead and prove that my knowledge of American History is from a Community College by showing proof of my transcripts posed here then we will continue you and I ~ Assumption is the lowest level of knowledge!!!

      It is evident from your discussions and those of Zagaze through your blogs on this matter that you are building your thesis on assumptions, which is a good starting point. But you lack the depth of what it takes to analyze real issues.

      It is for that same reason that you cannot understand the full issues pertaining to Lincoln and by picking up a little here and there you have concluded that Lincoln was a racist only to be debunked by the fact that the same Lincoln actually lost his life trying to save slaves. I guess your advanced knowledge does not go that…

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    • Continued … Advanced knowledge does not go that far! In fact it took 101 years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to be fully codified into law by passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by President Lindon Johnson.

      After Lincoln’s assassination, no other American President wanted anything to do with emancipation, JFK’s assassination in 1963 is easily attributed to his admiration of Dr. Martin L King, Jr. So, think about it Lincoln signs the proclamation in 1863, and 2 years down the road is killed by pushing that everyone obeys the law.

      Only to be actualized 101 years after the fact, our own nation is not even that old!!! Yes, we are a young nation we just installed a new vibrate leader … I am sorry your guy lost but mine won and we all win in the end!!!

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    • Sorry mates (Zagaze and Mangala) … Your strawman’s fallacies did not work this time around. Try harder next time. Thanks a trillion for your time.

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    • I LOVE THIS SPEACH. IT HAS GOT PLUSES IN IT. I LIKE THE IDEA OF THINKING OF OURSELVES AS INVESTORS AND NOT LOOKING AT FOREIGN COMPANIES AS THE ONLY INVESTORS. NO ONE CAN CLEAN OR MAINTAIN YOUR HOUSE. ZAMBIANS MUST BE INVESTORS THEMSELVES WE AS ZAMBIANS MUST OWN COMPANIES NOT IN A DUBIOUS WAY BUT LEGITIMATE. WE MUST PROTECT OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT. I LOVE THE NUCLEAR ENERGY GENERATION. ZAMBIA HAS GOT URANIUM AND OTHER ENERGY GENERATING MINERALS- WHY NOT USE THEM TO GENERATE ENERGY TO POWER OUR INDUSTRIES? I AM FIRED UP WITH THIS SUPPORTIVE SPEACH OF MAINLY BEING OUR OWN INVESTORS. I HAVE BUT UST MENTIONED VERY FEW GOOD ELEMENTS IN ECL’s SPEACH. THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD INTIGRATED THINGS HE HAS MENTIONED. NOW, LET’S GO TO WORK ZAMBIANS. ZAMBIA’S OUR COUNTRY.

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    • zagaze
      These brothers are lost to a point where they are of their minds; eduacated coons who think education is found in a classrooms.
      Wake them up from their docility!!

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    • Kikikikiki Ba Mumba I didn’t know that you were that childish…mulibakulu, mwaliya kusukulu, but still an educated fo.ol. You have written very long responses, but still could not address the points raised my Zagaze nor dispute the quotes that he had provided.

      Anyways lets just enjoy and support president lungu to bring prosperity to Zambia and for you the so called “Zambian Americans” to contribute positively to your mother country and not just showing off online from Dallas.

      As lungu says Ba Mumba sontapo epo mwabomba olo sesheni tu sukulu twenu natu Zambian American twenu tubombepo…

      By the way, I got my US citizenship 10 years ago and I know many who have done so in recent year, but would never show off like you” child- adult….

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    • You would wonder why most African Americans don’t think highly of Lincoln, but a Zambian American in the skin of BR Mumba wants to Lincoln loved black people. Mumba watches too much Fox News… Very laughable.

      For our Lungu he will be our next Mwanawasa, our very own son o the soil. Not those racists Mumba wants to compare him to. How about that Mumba?..

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    • “We are proud of what we have achieved in just five short years amid some of the most intractable challenges in the local and global economy.” This is what ECL achieved in the past one and half years. From K10.9million (January 2015) in personal assets to K23.7million 15 months later. K13million increase in personal assets. We want to know where that increase in assets came from. In January 2015 when he took over office, Inflation was at 7% and now as we speak (2016) it’s gone up to 20%. The Kwacha has been devalued by half since January 2015. And Zambia is now ranked as the third hungriest nation in the world. The corruption of his ministers and their deputies who illegally remained in office after the dissolution of parliament, and were ordered by the court to pay back the salaries…

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    • (Continued)… and allowances they obtained illegally. We want to make sure they pay back that taxpayer’s money. It’s OUR money the taxpayers, and so we want to make sure they pay back. And ECL will have to make a public announcement that his ministers have paid back our money. We want to see it on news. We want to see it on TV. We also want whoever stole the money (K34million) at ZNFU, that was meant for poor Zambian farmers, the money that was donated by Sweden and Finland, to be arrested and prosecuted and sent to prison, if ECL is serious about dealing with corruption. Whoever stole this money tarnished the image of Zambia abroad, and he needs to be held accountable. We humbly ask ECL to do those few things for the Zambian people. Otherwise his talk will be just empty words. All…

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    • @B R Mumba, Sr, …Your knowledge of Abraham Lincoln is very shallow. A little research online would have showed you the true image of Abraham Lincoln and his true views concerning blacks and slavery. Here is just a quick quote of his own words: “I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.” Abe Lincoln on slavery 21-8-1858 Illinois. Here is another one: “I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races. I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people. And I…

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    • (Continued)… will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will ever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. 15-10-1858 the election debate transcript. So this is the guy you keep claiming represents your President, ECL. Good luck for you.

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  1. Larry Mweetwa aka Mushota lol.Start perfecting your strategies.Afterall it is only five years for them to prove their mantle

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  2. PF delivered beyond expectations even in Regionalists areas where they chose to ignore all the development for them.
    ECL WILL deliver more in the next 5 years. But he must deal with the likes of Mmembe and all the perpetual malcotents.

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  3. Ka Mushota you will drown in your bitterness! What mattes is the 60 thousand people that braved the heat to support our dear father of the nation. You always focus on wrong targets thats why you will always be in opposition .
    Remember these words, kalusa will never be president of this great nation. Naiwe ka mushota you will just be a ka disgruntled person. Ukubipa umutima you are the ones that can even kill because of envy.

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    • So are those 60 thousand the only ones that are relevant?

      What about the 85 thousand whose votes Lungu stole?

      Must they just be treated like dumb animals? Are they not Zambians too?

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  4. Profound Mr President,
    We are proud of your humility Sir.
    We pledge to embrace your policies wholeheartedly

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    • Mugabe wrote the speech for the Bemba Buffon. A useless speech. This man cannot even dress properly. He look like something the dog dragged in. But Zambians are sheep and will always be laughed at by Other Africans. Be prepared to see Zambians running to Zimbabwe for refuge as Lungu sends the maize and electricity to his bastard father Mugabe. Those political prostitutes known as judges will suffer for their betrayal of the Zambian people.

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    • Moses wilafulwa iwe…Lungu is not bemba let us unit everyone mr HH…God truely wants him to rule his time will come

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  5. It’s also most a good inauguration speech. He touched on some issues that relate to economic diversification such as agriculture and industrialization.

    However, it was not a great speech. It could have more directly spoken to the complete change in approach to development, beginning with addressing some the issues that cost the PF votes, such as job losses, poor rural development, violence by cadres and loadshedding. Also missing was a message of an inclusive government with representation that reflects all regions. Just look at the past cabinet and embassies.

    This means over the past month the PF has not taken time to reflect on the message of those that voted otherwise. I will respectfully give its B+.

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  6. YABA! DUNUNA RE-VISITED. SANGWAPO- ELO NACIDIBA. CONGRATULATIONS ZAMBIANS FOR MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION. ECL NA MA INONGE WINA E BAUNTU KAILI EFINTU, E ZAMBIA FORWARD. WE LOVE YOU ALL.

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  7. I hear the call for hard work and the redefining of the investor but the rest of the speech seems to be all over.

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  8. “Engaging in corruption cannot be a substitute to the pride that comes from personal effort and determination to achieve prosperity” states Lazy Lungu in his speech…really laughable..this coming from a man who next increased by $2.3 million in a space of 12 months.
    Anyway this is a speech directed to his cadres.

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  9. The speech was okay but I think the vote of thanks speech from the Kenyan Vice President was very inspiring. I did not know that by the year 2050 Africa’s population will exceed that of China and India. Are we breeding like rabbits in Africa?

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  10. Brothers and sisters abroad, work hard and send dollars and pounds back home to help families. hunger ahd illnesses are the order of the day…! Burials every day..! One thing we can never run away from in Zambia…! God up there, here us. You gave the Germans Aldof Hitler, in Uganda Idi Amin, and in Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, in the Congo Kabila, and in Zambia we have kindly received Edgar Lungu.
    Please God, help him look after Zambia. Help him remember he is also human and should respect Zambians and human life. Help him combat hunger and pverty for all Zambians including Tongas. Amen

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  11. Very sad day for Zambia. For an important occasion to be graced only by 2 despicable and repugnant dictators, you call that an inauguration?

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    • And apparently the chief justice refused to swear him in , even the ceremonial dove refused to fly…..

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    • @Wantanshi. If you are Zambian, I am very disappointed with you. Just think about it, when you celebrate in your house or family, is it your ultimate goal to please outsiders or your family or self? This celebration is primarily meant for Zambians and not outsiders. Attendance of presidents from other countries should not be used to determine quality of a celebration. Presidents that were invited and happen not to come have their own reasons for not coming. They have a right to say yes or no just as you have a right not to accept all invitations that come your way in life. One Zambia One Nation.

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  12. The triamph of the drunkards.

    All bars, tarven and guest houses filled to capacity.
    Music of hate speach and ridicule produced by the gang of drunkards artists.
    Drunkards are signing and insulting withiout shame.
    Its time Breweries should be revamped and beer should be subsidised.

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  13. Wonderful speech. Everything AND then the kitchen sink ….covered. Every aspect, corner of Zambia and it’s people included! BRAVO…….ENCORE….,!! I have read it over and over word for word no skipping and felt the spirit it was written in! Magnanimous to one and all and even the enemies!

    The promise he makes to be a Servant of the people….to submit himself to God Almighty…to work dutifully, diligently WITH HUMILITY, for Zambia and Zambians is the mark of the man. Let’s face it folks had HH been making the inauguration speech today, it would have been completely different. No humility and he would have sworn to ensure every Zambian was HIS Servant especially the ‘uneducated’ and poor!

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    • BUT the jury is still out on your visiting DumbDumbwezi sir. Scouts on the ground say its palace full of ingrown toe nails…..!

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  14. I expected ECL to do far better than the usual rhetoric. The diversification trump card has been overplayed already, since KK’s time. Somebody has placed the speech at par with that of Lincoln….don’t mean disrepect, but are we that outdated? Rural America really!

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  15. Congratulations Mr. President & Vice President once again. Your message is well put & if persued seriously this will change our great nation Zambia.
    “We must now re-define the word investor to mean ourselves. Fellow Zambians, patriotism is cardinal for the survival of our nation.”
    ALL PROGRESSIVE NATIONS IN THE WORLD TODAY SPEND THEIR ENERGY & TIME PRODUCING THEIR LOCAL INVESTORS TO CREATE JOBS & EXPORTING THOSE INVESTORS E.G. DANGOTE. IN ZAMBIA WE SPEND WHOLE OUR ENERGY & TERM OF OFFICE FLYING FROM ONE COUNTRY TO ONOTHER IMPORTING INVESTORS

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    • TO COME & CREATE JOBS, BUILD HOUSES, SHOPS FOR US TO RENT & LOOT FROM THEM, ETC. THIS ENCOURAGES LAZINESS TO ZAMBIANS. HONESTLY CAN ONE CREATE WEALTH FOR ONOTHER PESRSON & FOR HOW LONG CAN THESE GOOD FOREIGNERS KEEP ON PROVIDING FOR US?
      “I am directing that it is a pre-requisite for anyone starting from the rank of director in government ministries and departments to engage in at least one agro-based activity.”
      THIS IS IMPORTANT IN OUR QUEST TO BUILD LOCAL INVESTORS. HOWEVER, THIS IS WHAT HAS PUT US IN A MESS WHERE EVERY EMPLOYEE HAS GOT A BRIEFCASE COMPANY DIVIDING THEIR INTEREST & LOYALTY

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    • TO THEMSELVES & THEIR EMPLOYERS. THE BEST SOLUTION IS TO ENCOURAGE THOSE WHO ARE CAPABLE OF RUNNING THEIR BUSINESSES TO RETIRE & CONCENTRATE ON THAT LINE RATHER THAN USING STUDY, SICK, COMPANSSIONATE LEAVE DAYS TO RUN THEIR BUSINESSES. THOSE WHO ARE GIFTED & PROSPER ON PAYSLIPS SHOULD ALSO BE ENCOURAGED TO CONTINUE IN EMPLOYMENT PROVIDING THEIR BEST SERVICES.
      “The test of progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have little or nothing at all”.

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    • THERE IS LIFE IN RECEIVING & BLESSING IN GIVING. GIVING MAKES US MORE BLESSED THAN RECEIVING. YOU RECEIVE JUST TO SEE THE NEXT DAY & YOU GIVE TO RECEIVE MORE & SEE MORE DAYS. WE GET SO MUCH HAPPINESS WHEN WE SEE HOW GOD IS GLORIFIED IN OUR GIVING AND WHEN WE SEE HIM BLESS OTHERS THROUGH OUR GIVING. 2 CORINTHIANS 8: 1-15. PLEASE, CONTINUE ENCOURAGING ZAMBIANS TO GIVE (BUT NOT BURDENING THEMSELVES WITH GIVING) THAN RECEIVING TO CREATE WEALTH FOR THEMSELVES & THE LESS PREVILDGED.

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    • “Sonta apowabomba, ngawafilwa sela tubombepo, is not only a political slogan, but also a new cultural dispensation calling for hard work.”
      IS NOT ONLY A POLITICAL SLOGAN, A NEW CULTURAL DISPENSATION CALLING FOR HARD WORK BUT ALSO A HEAVENLY SLOGAN SINCE CREATION OF THIS UNIVERSE. EVEN IN HEAVEN ITS SONTAPO. NO ONE SHOULD BE HURT WITH THIS ONE. THIS SHOULD EXTEND TO FAKE ZNBC & OTHER ZAMBIAN TELEVISION & RADIO FOOTBALL COMMENTATORS WHO HAVE NEVER KICKED A BALL & KEEP ON SHAMELESSLY CHEATING PEOPLE. LET US ONCE LIVE TO THE STANDARDS OF SUPER SPOT WHO ONLY DEAL WITH CURRENT & FORMER NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS & COACHES OF DIFFERENT NATIONS.

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    • Matthew 25:31-46King James Version (KJV)
      31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

      32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

      33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

      34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

      35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

      36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

      37 Then shall…

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  16. You know you are having a Bad day when the only Other President to show up at your Party is the Worlds most Despised Dictator….. Bob Mugarbage!!

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    • You know you are having a bad day when you lose yet another election even after you thought that GBV would deliver the Bemba vote!

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  17. To the losing Tonga Party, its online supporters, the thugs of Namwala, Dog Watchers Zambia Ltd and all their delusional members: You have been a let down to the interests of Zambia, a well-known peaceful nation on the continent of Africa! We don’t need them you to run Zambia. PF has shown us that they can develop the nation without these tribalists. God bless Zambia, God bless the President.

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  18. I am glad Jay Jay and his die-hard delusional forces are still watching this space. God bless the President and Zambia!

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    • They are watching and saw no other notable presidents attend they also noticed the chief justice refused to swear lungu in…..

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  19. THOSE OF U WHO ARE BLINDED BY THE WORD “HUMBLE” MUST UNDERSTAND THAT TRUE HUMBLENESS HAS NO RELATION WITH OPPRESSION, CROOKEDNESS. WHICH BUSINESS WOULD APPRECIATE TO OVER 20 MILLION UNDER 12 MONTHS? ANYONE CAN PRETEND TO BE HUMBLE BUT WHAT MATTERS IS WHAT COMES OUT OF THAT HUMBLENESS. IN THE PAST ELECTION, THE WORST ABUSE OF PUBLIC MEDIA, CLOSURE OF PRIVATE MEDIA, ABUSE OF PUBLIC ORDER WERE AT THEIR PEAK. ARE THESE FRUITS OF HUMBLENESS? LETS NOT BE LIKE THE PHARISEE IN THE BIBLE WHO WAS CONDEMNING THE TAX COLLECTOR. SOME OF THE PEOPLE WE CALL BAD NAMES HAVE ACTUALLY EARNED THEIR WEALTH THROUGH HARD WORK

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  20. Congrats HE ECL .it’s now time to start working and forget about the UP and DOWN with there whinging on everything

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  21. HUMILIATION AND CRIMINALITY AT ITS BEST. I SAW LUNGU SCARED, HAD FEAR OF UNKNOWN AND HAD STAGE FRIGHT. THE REASON WAS SIMPLY BECAUSE HE HAS KNOWN WHAT HAS GONE WRONG AND HIS LEADERSHIP WILL BE JUST LIKE THAT. WHAT MESSAGE HAS HE FOR ALL WHO NEVER GAVE HIM A VOTE SINCE THEY ARE THE MAJORITY?

    GOD WILL SEE HIM THROUGH THE ROUGH ROAD AND IF NOT HE WILL DIE OF GUILTY LIKE THE WAY KING HEROD DIED. I WAS SCARED FOR THE PREACHERS OF MONEY WHEN THEY SAID WE PRAYED AND gOD HAS GIVEN US A KING.

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  22. Even if the Heads of states did not come, the bottom line is that we have our own president and he is ECL who was sworn in.
    You can talk bad things about him, he will rule for another five years.

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  23. Wonderful speech my love, wonderful speech. I love you ECL! Thank you so much for this speech. This is lovely.

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  24. CONGRATULATIONS MY PRESIDENT ALL THE BEST OF LUCK, WE WILL KEEP YOU IN OUR PRAYERS SO THAT NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU SHAW PROSPER BUT BACK FIRE TO THE SENDER.

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  25. Great speech E.C.L, this comes as call for each and every Zambian regardless of age, gender, tribe, religion etc, to consider him/herself as a part of development, he has qualified every Zambian as an investor, in your space as a Zambian, develop in yourself, develop in your family, develop in your community, and if every able bodied and able minded Zambian does that, Zambia will never be the same again.

    Politics aside, after all we are One Zambia, One Nation.

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  26. We are instructed in the Holy Word of God to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. Prov. 22:6
    I am glad my parents trained me up not to rob or steal from another person, but work hard and earn what I deserve.

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  27. Even after the inauguration we still have bitter idyots surely…ahh guys there is enough tough ropes out there, go hang please. It’s time to work,nga tawabombeshe walafwa kunsala!

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  28. Hoow!…. E.C.L.! Just read your speech, Great Humble Man! Congrats to You and Thank GOD for the wonderful gift of Your Wife Esther. It is evident that she is a Peace Maker, a good Assistant and Shower of your Heart from the heat. GOD designed You Perfectly. We Pray that GOD dwells in your Hearts through and through. May HE give you a wonderful team to work with for us (Zambia). We thank all those that Love You genuinely. May GOD, Evidently Favour Them today and always so that they can Serve HIM Gloriously. GOD is with You! Fear Not, Respect Your Speech and keep it to implementation as a Record for Your Blessings. We Love You.

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