Lungu urges Citizens to resolve to work towards a more unified and prosperous Zambia

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President Edgar Lungu
President Edgar Lungu has said that the dawn of the New Year provides an opportunity for citizens to resolve to work towards a more unified and prosperous Zambia.

President Lungu said that he hopes that Zambians will work towards reconciliation with a special sense of agency to foster peace, unity and development in the country.

The President said this in a televised address to the nation on ZNBC TV and Radio to mark the eve of the New Year 2017.

President Lungu said despite a number of challenges the nation faced, Zambia, however scored a number of successes in 2016.

The President cited the bumper harvest, socio economic stability and the holding of successful elections and unprecedented infrastructure development among other strides.

President Lungu said there is need to entrench good values and principles in an effort to build on the successes and address the challenges that lie ahead.

He said there is need for integrity in all socio-economic, political and cultural transactions, adding that that is why government has taken a zero tolerance in the fight against corruption.

And President Lungu said he expects that Energy Regulation Board-ERB- will in due course be making a favourable pronouncement that will help cushion the consumer of petroleum products following a stable exchange rate and benefits accrued from, pricing variation.

Meanwhile, President Lungu has urged Zambians to celebrate the dawn of the New Year responsibly by praising God for 2016 and seek divine blessings for 2017.

The President has also thanked the people for their support with a pledge not to let them down as he spearheads national development in the New Year.

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81 COMMENTS

  1. Lungu I know you are drunk like me. So stop the lying that Lungu issued that statement. Happy new year to Lungu and all my fellow Zambians. We are all one. I hope we have a prosperous 2017. Nez best blogger 2016 and onwards

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    • You don’t have to look far, just check the eyes and posture! Edgar is very drunk, the man has a lot of pressure and he has no formula

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    • I feel sorry for Edgar. First he needs to unify PF. Foresaking likes of Kambwili, and instead unifying himself with thugs of Lusambo is not just being a hypocrite, but a drunk sinner.

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    • Sir, be president. It’s what you wanted to be. It’s what we want you to be in 2017. Stop yapping and making lame excuses.

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    • This lungu guy is totally out of touch with reality. How on earth does think Zambians will get together after he stole an election and topped up with incarcerating opposition members who fought the rigging scheme?

      Drunk lungu is always drunk thats why he has no shame issuing baseless and unrealistic statements each time he opens his mouth.

      Zambia is worse under Lungu than ever.

      Viva UPND and HH/GBM

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    • The president has made a very important call.

      All well meaning Zambians should take hid.

      This is a mark of a leader, one who will think about love, unit and peace.

      Not someone who always looks for opportunities to create confusion, yet claiming to be a leader.

      The electorate is now more enlightened than in the past.

      We no longer wait for campaign time, but we judge how people conduct themselves at all times.

      That is their longest campaign period than than small window which serves for the purpose of mere pronouncements.

      I don’t thing any normal zambian is looking for some who says I want to lead, but spends all his life funning trouble and confusion.

      As you read what I have written, you even know who likes confusion, trouble, string, etc.

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    • Wishing all bloggers on LT a promising 2017.

      And to all Zambians who cannot make ends meet after 52 years of self-govern, I urge you to work even harder and do not give up in what ever you are trying to achieve in life. “Better Days Are Coming “.

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    • Dear President Edgar Lungu, I am surprised you are still breathing out hot fumes of cheap politics. It’s high time we started hearing you issuing policy statements, not politics. It’s high time you started governing, not politicking. Stop muddling our drinking water. Stop meddling in petty politics. Govern, please govern.

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    • Just cut down on those irrelevant foreign trips and save us some money, stay home and eat street Mango in Chongwe- it’s much cheaper!

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    • We were united until you & your kind divided the country on tribal lines for your selfish ends.
      The prudent thing to do is for you to pick up a phone & call your perceived enemies for reconciliation. As long as your drunk ego dictates to you forget about anyone reconciling.
      Read about how Gorbachev needed Yeltsin when the hardline communists came for him.
      CK & his group are coming for you & you will need a united zambia (& not the military) to survive.

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  2. “Adding that’s why government has taken a zero tolerance in the fight against corruption”Mmm is it here in Zambia you are saying sir????opposite
    Am here wishing all my fellow LT bloggers a happy new-2017-year…stay blessed brothers and sisters.

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  3. Will this ERB pronouncement on fuel have to do with the K5 per liter promise from Saudi Arabia before the elections? When will this come to fruition, the cheap fuel promised niliti bane?

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    • We are probably getting fuel for that amount and simply repaying PF campaign loans everytime we fill up our tanks.

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  4. Since 2011 the PF has brought divisive confrontational and violent politics plus a steep downturn in major economic indicators .

    Eish ,Bwana Lungu look in the mirror and see that your message should actually be aimed at your PFanga family.

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    • Enka
      I agree.Doesn’t the man know that we are working overtime to survive in this economy that he and his PF have destroyed? Mr President you are the one who appears not to be working.Joyce Nonde has embarrassed your government in trying to get a whistle blower and we have not seen you work on that and many other issues.

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  5. If you did not steal the election lungu, why not let the courts hear out the evidence UPND have , why are you hiding behind technicalities ? Let the nation hear the evidence UPND have.

    A winner of an election would not be afraid of letting the country see what the loser has as evidence.

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    • This is obviously why Lungu is still obsessed with the election on his mind.

      HE KNOWS it was fraudulent and is desperately trying to convince both Zambians and the international community of his legitimacy.

      But he cannot change the facts. So the best he can do now is try to hide and cover up the TRUTH.

      But lies have short legs! His theft will catch up with him sooner or later and the results will not be to his liking.

      The GUILTY are AFRAID!

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    • You don’t know that even silly stuff like sh*tting in your pit latrine is politics, you still a kid sit down. Ulibe nzelu.

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  6. I am still waiting to hear Lungu apologise to the late Mapenzi family. Let him also Fire Kanganja, Mumbi, Chama and Bwalya etc

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    • We will always remember Mapenzi, a young life stolen by the murderous Lungu. Our memories will not move on because Lungu’s hands are dripping in blood.

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  7. I personally I can’t believe in our president MR Edgar LUNGU, because he’s just a joke and spoke person of the upnd party otherwise Zambian have wonderful 2017.

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  8. Empty talk! Where are the ingredients for unity? This Economic Apartheid you have introduced against certain hardworking citizens on account of their origins is no ingredient for unity. You have already sown seeds of disunity within PF and the country at large. These will surely germinate and give you a miserable downfall. Your downfall will start in 2017 from within the heart of PF because you don’t take good advice. The higher cost of everything in 2017 is a recipe for more disunity! You have failed to unite a small party called PF! How do you hope to unite a bigger party of diverse Zambians? Good luck with your wishful thinking!

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  9. If UPNDonkeys are a nuisance to you too, I have found a formula, air freshener spray works effectively. Once you spray them, you are guaranteed a

    !!!Happy New Year 2017!!!

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  10. Its deceitful and hypocritical for Lungu to call the 2016 disputed elections “successful” and to talk of reconciliation without saying how the Presidential Petition is going to be resolved. The successful hearing of the Petition is the only vehicle that will promote National Reconciliation and Healing. Lungu’s illegitimacy will remain in 2017 and will exacerbate the economic meltdown.Illegitimate Lungu cannot wish away the Petition and hope to unite the Nation. Its Boza!!

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  11. 2017 comes with the following
    37.5% income tax
    Increase in airtime
    Increase in car insurance
    Uncertain food production due to poor input distribution
    Increased politicking within PF party
    No pay raise for civil servants
    Promising rain season, but not sure if power production will stablize

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    • Therein lies opportunity. Flip the 2016 thinking of pessimism and see how you can mitigate those pressure peaks you have identified. Happy New Year @Zedpoorpeople and fellow bloggers!

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  12. our President does not give confidence he seems to talk about things he himself does not believe..happy 2017 to all LT bloggers..less insults more objectivity.

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  13. Let us just make good of bad situation. We had a chance on 11th Aug but Esau Chulu’ declaration has come to stay. He screwed us up despite knowing the truth.

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  14. Lungu lacks Vision, Leadership and Plan for 2017. Lungu should have outlined at least 3 priorities to act on in 2017. The 3 priorities he needs to address are: 1.The Election Petition. How is he going to deal with this in 2017?This Petition needs to be resolved urgently. Wishing this away will be futile becoz the Election Dispute Exists whether Lungu likes it or not.
    2.Economic Collapse. What is Lungu going to do about it? He will need support from all Zambians and the International Community and that he will not get without resolving (1) above.
    3. Unity in PF Party. Lungu needs to clarify and define the Role of MMD in a PF Govt and hold an Elective Convention to elect New Leaders in PF. The current SG was appointed by Lungu after losing an MP Election in his own constituency. This is…

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  15. President Lungu you are such a disappointment, how on earth did you get captured by the corrupt MMD which Zambian citizens rejected in 2011. Its very saddening that in 2017 you have brought back the corrupt to plunder and increase people’s suffering. How do you sideline loyal PF members for corrupt MMD bunch which increased unemployment, the cost of living and corruption. President Lungu unemployment is at an all time high among the youths, the cost of doing business and living has increased tenfold and the economy is in shambles, how on earth do you expect unity with increased suffering among the people. All President Lungu’s actions are clear manifestations of a leader who lacks vision and foresight hence the Mutati’s leading him!!!

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  16. The president has made a very important call.

    All well meaning Zambians should take hid.

    This is a mark of a leader, one who will think about love, unit and peace.

    Not someone who always looks for opportunities to create confusion, yet claiming to be a leader.

    The electorate is now more enlightened than in the past.

    We no longer wait for campaign time, but we judge how people conduct themselves at all times.

    That is their longest campaign period than than small window which serves for the purpose of mere pronouncements.

    I don’t thing any normal zambian is looking for some who says I want to lead, but spends all his life funning trouble and confusion.

    As you read what I have written, you even know who likes confusion, trouble, string, etc.

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  17. Mr Lungu – make people BELIEVE in you. So far you have only read speeches but your actions are not encouraging enough for the keen observer. Take active part in your speech writing process – put your passion into it so that even when a speech is read on your behalf it still carries YOU. 2017 is going to be a rough ride for masqueraders and I hope you know this. It is not because of Trump – no, no – it is a sign of the times. The mass, that critical mass, now knows how not to be fooled more than once. So to up your game, you had better stop thinking election time is a milestone. Election time is an accumulation of daily survival and soon it will really depend on what you bring to the table EVERYDAY and not what you do in a compressed FLASH during an election year. Make people BELIEVE in…

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  18. By the way, LT, in the spirit of a transparent 2017, what is the maximum number of words/characters required to write a post in one sitting? Just asking. I sometimes lose a word (like the ‘you’ in the post being moderated). Like Twitter, it would be great if you can give us an indicator as we get passionately carried away while posting.

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  19. @23 Peace for Zambia, wise words indeed from a true patriot. Right now instead of celebrating good will to their country, I am sure they are bitterly dreaming and scheming how to inflict maximum harm in 2017 in the mistaken belief of gaining popularity for the next elections.
    Obviously it has now come to their senses that the court process is a non-starter. Sponsoring the Mast and the new Weekly fimo fimo are costly non starters too.

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  20. 2016
    We will not accept results unless we win
    The country is broke and the economy is broken down.
    The country has too much debt.
    But when we come to power we shall find money to provide free education, cheap mealie meal and cheap electricity and fuel – magically of course.
    We shall not allow ballots to be printed in Dubai.
    The ballots printed in Dubai are pre marked and also have ink which fades off to favour Lungu
    Our cadres are checking and impounding ECZ trucks carrying premarked ballots.
    We have discoveted Malawians registering for votes in eastern province.
    The PF is buying voters cards in Nakonde.

    But when the presidential petition is launched the evidence is none of the above, in fact there is no evidence at all, there is just an evidence-less petition which must be…

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  21. Lungu should have shown Leadership by outlining his govt’s priorities for 2017. His New Year Message is empty and uninspiring. Lungu is in denial as he should have shed some light on how he is going to resolve the problems facing Zambia in 2017. To pretend that Elections in 2016 were “successful” is hypocrisy of the highest order. The Elections were disputed and remain disputed until the Petition is heard and determined. The Zambian Economy is in a mess so what is Lungu planning to do about it? Lungu’s own PF Party is in turmoil so what is Lungu going to do about it? To reconcile and heal the Nation Lungu needs to resolve the Election Dispute/Petition amicably. That will give him a peace of mind and mandate to govern the Nation without fear,favour and prejudice. Lungu needs to…

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  22. “President Lungu said that he hopes that Zambians will work towards reconciliation with a special sense of agency to foster peace, unity and development in the country.”

    My advice to YOU Lungu is to work towards reconciliation with a special sense of urgency to foster peace, unity and development in the country.

    That is the job you are being PAID TO DO!

    Expecting Zambians to do it for you simply means you have FAILED to do your job.

    Or are you expecting that by having days of prayer God will do it for you with instant miracles?

    Maybe if you spent some time in the office instead of being an international tourist you could actually DO SOMETHING about it.

    Zambians do not need hypocrites. Or more speeches. They need a positive VISION that when translated into DEEDS will…

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  23. Dear party members as we enter 2017 we need to continue with the same zeal we exhibited last year. We took time off to visit Mwaliteta and co in Kamfinisa they were down stricken but our surprise visit lifted them. We also took time to visit Chizu in chipata and we shall as promised look into his legal fees. Comrades we all realize last year was marked by those sad election results this has resulted in chairman Mao being pre-occupied with court appearances and no real time to address us. We are concerned about the creed to boycott events and commend Hon. Nkombo for following process to absent from parley. Its a struggle but 2021 is coming nder new leadership stand fast…Zambia Forward.

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  24. @29 Zambia Forward when you are pushing it backwards, typical Donkey think.
    HH being likened to Chairman Mao? But HH is a petty bourgeois? Did you go to school baasa? Or it is typical donkey think?
    And HH did not have time to address you? That explains your directionless noise. Not that that it would make a difference, what can he offer apart from being guided by your Donkey think.

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  25. …if I was Chagwa I could hv told my people the truth about 2017…
    ***be ready to tighten your belts further..if u are already on the last hole…pierce some more holes
    ***brace for hardship…price hikes, shortages, increased loadshedding
    ***most of the time you shall be on your own(with your mother Inonge) because I will spend most of the time gallivanting around the world in search of your food…in case of an emergency, get in touch with your sister Tasila..she will definitely pass on the message to me….
    ***unfortunately this scenario shall continue for the next four years…that’s why I’m failing to afford to wish you HAPPY NEW YEAR…probably I will say that in 2020 for year 2021…

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  26. By the way, when chief donkey takes his case to the ICC, will he take his donkey cadres to riot for him? I think he would be lost without them. Can’t him feelng secure in a civilised environment devoud of chuundu. That is why I thiink that he would rather see his cases die in the Zambian courts of law.

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  27. Shamless lungu appears preaching reconciliation while he oversaw the worst violence the country has seen during elections.

    He has dragged Zambia back to most indebted nation status with his insatiable appitite for kaloba, the cost of living has gone beyond the means of the majority of Zambians and this convicted fraudstar has the nerve to bring up inflation figures based on the price of fillet stake.

    His bank account grow to $2 million dollars in the one year he was in office.

    Zambians will have a sad miserable 2017 that is for sure.

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    • So you Spaka like lilo, you want him to preach more Division and violence? Please think before type.

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    • @Green

      No. We do not want him to preach more division and violence. We want him to try and fix the mess he has made in Zambia. Insincere speeches while allowing tribalism and corruption to grow is hypocritical to say the least.

      If he can’t, then let him resign and make way for someone that can! Before he pushes the Nation into disaster!

      Zambians deserve better than a corrupt greedy thief that is prepared to destroy the nation just for his own selfish gain.

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    • Green
      It’s the hypocrisy of the fraud convict lungu that begges belife. We all know he is preaching peace and pretending to pray while harrassing and intimidating the opposition. If elections were to come the violent thug that is lungu will show up again

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  28. We shall not allow religion to be used on us in a mediocre way, where it blinds us to reality. We shall not allow religion to be used on us in the way Karl Marx pronounced it to be. There is nothing Christian going on in our country… let all who have a consious and have been enshrined with responsibilities of taking the country forward act responsibly ..politicians… civil servants please be selfless. The acts of selflessness will glorify our Nation. Personally I feel the presidential New Year speech is cosmetic. As long as we don’t collide with reality words will just be words. I pray that 2017 will be a year when civil servants will start hating per diems… a year which will see every Zambian not wanting to accumulate wealth just for themselves and most of all a year which I…

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  29. How do you call for unity when you are in the fore front despising fellow stake holders. Tell me of a day when Lungu has spoken good about the opposition. You must lead by example boss, this rhetoric(empty words) or just speaking for the sake of speaking and window dressing should come to an end.

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  30. Looks like you had no idea what it was you were getting yourself into, did you? To be president of a country is not an easy job. The unity you are calling for is what leaders do – to unite people even when initially they may have been divided.

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  31. Mr President look into empowering the local companies ,there is no way the country will borrow large sums of money from foreign countries and again use foreign companies to do the works . All the money goes back and we pay through high taxes without benefiting from the same loans the government gets. Have a heart for the local companies let them be the first to benefit. God bless you

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  32. Happy New year bloggers, another year of uncertainty ours is to provide checks and balance to our lovely nation with a ‘visionless’ leadership.

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  33. Lungu will one day run mad. May be he is already raving mad. A criminal telling decent like he is doing. The words don’t just fit in his mouth. He fails a truth test even in the above statement. A shameless impostor. You will end badly bwana.

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  34. HAPPY 2017 all you on here;
    the wise, the mild, the vulgar, the wild, the insightful, the dull, the pessimists, the old, the optimists, the young, the pillocks and of course the open sewer that is Chilyata…

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  35. No matter what the problem is, we still love our one and only His Excellent President, Chagwa. I saw it with my own eyes this morning when he was returning from visiting some of his people. What I saw amazed me, UPND and PF members and non-members in unison were saying “Let’s wait and greet our President”.
    That guy we put in State House behaves human unlike others. I think that is the major and defining difference when voting, not the economy and miners retrenchments as others mistakenly believe. It is the humanity rather than the Donkeyness.
    The UPNDonkeys have even resorted to insulting us out of bitterness and envy. Baasa ba NEZ, insults are for lesser humans like you. Oh sorry I forgot that you are either a UPNDonkey or the hybrid variant Snail-donkey.

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  36. Ever since Lungu stole the Election Victory from HH he has been confrontational rather than conciliatory. Lungu has kept 2000 UPND Supporters in jail for alleged Election violations. Lungu has blocked the Petition Hearing in Courts. He has closed Newspapers and Radio/Tv stations,he has killed and maimed UPND Supporters etc. Now he expects people to unite and reconcile by themselves. Lungu is bad news. No Vision and No Leadership skills etc. Its chipante pante all the way. Lungu has surrounded himself with thieves, Election Riggers and criminals. All they know is how to loot and enrich themselves. As they say “U are as good as the people around u”. Indeed Lungu Is as good as the Criminals around him and hence the economy is in a mess.

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  37. Being in the diaspora we get more news exposure……..can we look not only at which Countries invest in Zambia but also at what is happening in that Country. Europe and particularly Germany and Turkey are subjject to terror attacks..
    Mjddle east has similar problems. Please pray that those problems dont flow to Zambia because of our involvement with Countries that are targeted by terrorists…..how far are we from Boko Haram, Isis and other groups prevalent in Africa. Zambia be vigilant be UNITED

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