The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party has said that the PF is a law abiding and peace loving party determined to improve the lives of people pursuant to its manifesto and agenda for Zambia.
In a statement issued by PF Media Director, Sunday Chanda and Signed by PF Secretary General Davies Mwila, the party said that while others parties are sowing seeds of strife and discord, the ruling party and Government remain fully committed to fostering unity and development for every Zambian.
The party beamoed what it described as helpless attempts by a few attention-seeking and misguided groupings in efforts to distract the Patriotic Front and the Government from providing leadership to the country .
” We have witnessed systematic attempts to desperately paint the PF Government black in front of the international community for selfish reasons, attempts that have miserably failed, ” read the statement.
Below is the full statement
19th April 2017
Position Statement for Immediate Release
STATEMENT BY HON. DAVIES MWILA, PATRIOTIC FRONT SECRETARY GENERAL AND PARTY SPOKESPERSON ON THE NEED FOR UNITY OF PURPOSE AS A PREREQUISITE FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The past few weeks have been marred by helpless attempts by a few attention-seeking and misguided groupings in efforts to distract the Patriotic Front and the Government from the providing leadership to this great nation. We have witnessed systematic attempts to desperately paint the PF Government black in front of the international community for selfish reasons, attempts that have miserably failed.
As the whole world can attest, His Excellency the President Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu is peace loving, understanding, principled, tolerant, listening and democratic leader mandated by the Zambian constitution to ensure national security and the rule of law in this great republic. Zambia remains a stable, economically viable and secure nation led by a legitimate President ushered in by the will of the people through the potency of the ballot box.
The Zambia that we have come to know and love today was birthed out of the sweat and blood of our forefathers. The nation has since emerged as a peace haven where all must respect the rule of law. In this country we have systems that ensure checks and balances through the constitutional separation of powers distributed by the various arms of Government. It is therefore laughable to expect the Presidency to distract the operations of the Police and judiciary seeing as this would be tantamount to abuse of privileges as the President would be acting ultra vires his powers. This demand is especially preposterous owing to the President’s legal background; His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu is bound by his sworn oath to protect and uphold the rule of law and this entails ensuring that the law takes it full course regardless of the perpetrators’ social or economic standing. Indeed, Zambia is bigger than an individual!
The Patriotic Front is deeply concerned about the levels of anarchy and acrimony being peddled by sullen political elements in Zambia and would like to distinguish itself from the lawlessness being exhibited in the political arena.
Unlike others, the PF is a law abiding and peace loving party determined to improve the lives of people pursuant to its manifesto and agenda for Zambia. While others are sowing seeds of strife and discord, the party and Government remain fully committed to fostering unity and development for every Zambian.
We wish to enlighten our colleagues in the opposition that the Patriotic Front was once an opposition political party for ten years led by our founding President and Visionary the late President Michael Chilufya Sata. In the spirit of true Patriotism, while in opposition, the PF remained committed to building itself through membership mobilization while serving its democratic purpose of providing checks and balances on productive issues. The PF understood that the focus should be on selling party ideals and manifesto as opposed challenging the will of the people. Overtime the people of Zambia developed their confidence in our leadership and as a result, they gave us their votes in an unquestionable victory!
Opposition political parties must respect the will of the people and stay in their lane, they must take a leaf from us and begin to act responsibly. Countrymen and women, political power comes from the people through the ballot and not from burning schools, courts and markets. We urge the opposition to get in touch with reality and wake up from their self-induced illusion; the Patriotic Front won the 2016 elections and Zambia only has one President – His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu the one and only President of the Republic of Zambia.
We have been presented with a five-year mandate to lead this great nation and we will not allow naysayers to distract us from our transformational agenda and disrupt the various developmental projects that we are carrying out on every corner of Zambia. Our detractors have established that they are no much to us and hence their attempt to provoke us. We are aware of their vain schemes and will not allow ourselves to give them undue attention.
The Patriotic Front further urges the Zambian people at large to safeguard peace and unity by promoting the ‘one Zambia one nation’ mantra through our day-to-day conversations, good neighbourliness and love as Christ expects of us.
Long Live Zambia! God Bless Mother Zambia!
I thank you!
Signed by; Hon. Davies Mwila
Issued By: Sunday Chanda,
Director for Media