The President chastised some Zambians in the diaspora for living in denial over his re-election, but has assured them that as Head of State he did not harbour evil feelings against them.
“ You have me for President and I shall not hold a grudge against anyone who has not accepted by presidency, including those who are sharing this denial in South Africa. We have a President,” President Lungu said.
The president was speaking at the Zambian mission in Pretoria yesterday when he addressed Zambian residents in South Africa.
The Head of State disclosed that he had received reports that some Zambians had petitioned President Jacob Zuma not to receive him in the mistaken belief that his election victory was illegitimate.
The President said politicians in Zambia should take a leaf from the recent elections in Gambia and United States where losing candidates gracefully conceded defeat and moved on.
“Zambians see rigging at every turn in our electoral system especially when they lose. Politicians see rigging in their dreams. So to accept votes from the diaspora would be very difficult,” President said.
The Head of State said that he would not encourage a provision in the law for those in the diaspora to vote because some Zambians did not have confidence in the electoral system, and observed that if implemented, the system would give rise to more conflict and tension among Zambians.