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President Edgar Lungu addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit Opening ceremony at the United Nations in New York on Monday, 24th September 2018 / Pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza/Statehouse
President Edgar Lungu addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit Opening ceremony at the United Nations in New York on Monday, 24th September 2018 / Pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza/Statehouse

President Edgar Lungu has called on world leaders to uphold and honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela which was anchored on his principles and values of peace, reconciliation, tolerance and respect of human rights.

President Lungu told other world leaders that the legacy of Nelson Mandela of peace deserves the commendation of the entire global community.

Addressing the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, His Excellency the President said love, peace and forgiveness should continue to be at the core in seeking sustained global peace.

The Head of State said Nelson Mandela proved to the world that healing was possible and that reconciliation should remain at the centre of human development.

He stated that the values of struggle for human rights, sacrifice, mutual respect, tolerance and reconciliation should remain the bedrock for the search for lasting global peace.

“I am pleased that we are able to honour the legacy of a great leader and son of Africa, whose contribution towards global peace have remained for the world to emulate. The principles and values that Nelson Mandela and our founding fathers in Africa’s Frontline States stood for, that of sacrifice and struggle for human rights, mutual respect, tolerance and reconciliation in our relations should remain the bedrock in our search for lasting peace,” President Lungu said.

The President told the UN that Zambia in her quest for peace and the fight against apartheid became home to many of South Africa’s freedom fighters apart from hosting the African National Congress (ANC) from 1963 to 1994.

The African National Congress had its headquarters in Zambia’s capital Lusaka, and the country as one the Frontline States actively contributed towards ending the apartheid minority rule in South Africa leading to the eventual release of Nelson Mandela.

His Excellency President Lungu informed other world leaders that two weeks after Nelson Mandela was released from his 27 years of incarceration, the first visit the global icon undertook outside South Africa was to Zambia.

“This visit was in recognition of the efforts and great sacrifice the people of Zambia played in upholding the principles of peace and freedom. These are the virtues which form the foundation of human development. I therefore call upon the international community to redouble efforts to build a just, peaceful, prosperous and inclusive world,” President Lungu said.

And United Nations Secretary General António Guterres described Nelson Mandela as a leader who had devoted his entire life to serving his community as a lawyer, prisoner of conscience and peacemaker.

Mr Guterres said world leaders need to face the forces that “threaten us” with the wisdom, courage and fortitude that Nelson Mandela embodied.

South African President Cyril Ramaposa said the Nelson Mandela Pease Summit is an opportunity for global leaders to reflect on the peace in the world and take necessary measures to end the wars that continue to take millions of innocent lives.

President Edgar Lungu addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit Opening ceremony at the United Nations in New York on Monday, 24th September 2018 / Pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza/Statehouse
President Edgar Lungu addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit Opening ceremony at the United Nations in New York on Monday, 24th September 2018 / Pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza/Statehouse
President Edgar Lungu during the Nelson mandela Peace Summit oficial opening ceremony at the United Nations in New York
President Edgar Lungu during the Nelson mandela Peace Summit oficial opening ceremony at the United Nations in New York

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    • Munangagwa with 2 people, Zimbabwe = 3 delegates. Now let me count Zambia: 1,2, 3, .. 7 = 8. And I don’t see Freedom Sikazwe, Kaizer etc.

    • @Denkede: When Zambia goes up in flames because of your relentless diatribes against one person (and his tribe), I am praying that you will be the first person to be trampled under. It appears we never learn from history in Africa.

    • So you travel to New York on a chartered plane just to go and say the obvious ? In the meanwhile of what importance is Mandelas legacy if you cannot emulate it Edgar? You are an anti thesis of what Mandela stood for in all spheres maybe except that he never believed in God. But I ask what kind of Christian are you Lungu if a complete none Christian like Mandela would live such a legacy that you travel all the way to NY to go and blubber about recognition. People look at these issues in there totality

    • What Mandela’s legacy…when he came out o prison he was just someone else, are you not surprised he is called a hero by white people? Mandela merely kicked the can down the road never woke his people up

    • The lazy thing cowered away from BBC, CNN…he thinks Presidency is making statements on airport tarmac to cadres.
      Wasted Lungu Years!!

    • Lazy bum little boy hooligan bully tribal chair of UPND and son of a polygamist father pooing in public HAGAIN needing a diaper!

    • – Mandela ruled for 1 term & set an example for VIPUBA African leaders who want to go for 3rd terms & ruled till 100years
      – Mandela broke racial segregation & united races & religions not some VIPUBA African leaders who use tribalism, wako ni wako & fake accusations of sata.nism to demo.nize opponents
      – Mandela was honest & fought corruption unlike some VIPUBA African leaders who use leadership to become billionaires
      – Mandela prospered his citizens not certain VIPUBA African leaders who auction their country to tu ma Chinese in exchange for million dollar bank accts in Dubai.

    • What does it mean if Lungu appeals to the world to honor Nelson Mandela legacy when he himself does not aspire to Madiba’s standing as a statesman? Sad is it not, that Lungu seeks to cover his unmatchable and unmatched governance and democractic deficiences through appealing to the character and integrity of the revered dead? Very sad. Zambia’s wasted years!

  1. Worry about you own legacy. Kk retired with no property. MANDELA retired with no property

    Can that be said about you sir. You ve abused the goodwill we vested on you. Honestly , a president building flats. Thats business for average people not head of state. Why attach evidence to your activities.

    Hold a press conference so that we can ask you direct questions.

    • This is the mind set that Africans need to change. The mindset that you must remain poor then you are a human being. Can you say the same about western leaders? How about Trump? If you are a leader and you earn a salary and you cannot even build a pit latrin for yourself are you a leader. We want our leaders to be beggars, ignorance is more dangerous than theft.

    • Stop talking about Trump who was a billionaire before he became President,the talk is about Lungu who was suspended for failing to account for ZMW38,000,[orless than $4,000],how do you even begin comparing the two?Even when given time to pay President Lungu failed to raise ZMW38,000,how can a sane person honestly start talking about his so called “investments”.And as the blogger above states,a President investing in Brick and Morter surely says a lot about him.

  2. Corruption scandals: Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Corruption scandals: Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans

    Do as I say, not as I do… what a hypocrite. Just saying things for the sake of talking.

    “Ah what am I going to talk about today”; “Sir what about we talk about Mandela’s legacy”; “Yeah that sounds good, clever Zulu and Chanda”.

    Please stop abusing Mandela’s name… you can’t hold a candle to that man’s legacy so please STFU Mr Lungu.

  3. Was that worth spending $ 3 million on ???

    A useless speach to an almost empty chamber , lungu just wanted to be seen while he dodges interviews with CNN , BBC.

    shamless corrupt theif.

  4. That is the way Mr. President… addressing the biggest stage of world leaders. Not aba bambi always press confesses at home prophessing doom every time they talk.

    Well respected by other world leaders hence being asked to chaired a key topics at the conference.

    • Hehehehe

      talking about Mandela to a empty chamber ati addressing the biggest stage of world leaders ????

      Hehehehe kwena being a PF rat is laborious ….

    • Do you mean the little boy called UNDER FIVE or CHILDISH? You are right. He will NEVER have such an opportunity. He can try to go and stand in Panama where he has hidden Zambia’s money maybe they will vote for him there.

  5. we talk more Mandela less Muhammad gaddafi .Mr. Gaddafi wanted to empower Africa. He had a plan to create a new African Union, based on a new African economic system. He had a plan to introduce the ‘Gold Dinar’ as backing for African currencies, so they could become free from the dollar dominated western monetary system, that kept and keeps usurping Africa; Africa’s vast natural resources, especially oil and minerals.
    Lets honour him too

  6. this why i tell you that Lungu is a hypocrite; what he says is the opposite of what he does; we forgive him because he just reads a speech written for him;

  7. Pompwe, kabolala, has spoken, @ Kelvin Mulenga the Donald was already a billionaire before he came to the white house. This guy was squatting in some ones garage cant compare the two.

  8. Well spoken Sir… I hope you will walk the same talk back home and allow for divergent views to prevail in the nation and let peace reign… Allow for equal distribution of resources and also let the Zambian and Zambian businesses breathe by cutting some of the taxes that you have introduced within the short period… At least if you and your cabinet wants to bring taxes have a plan to do it gradually and not at once… We are aware that it’s us Zambian to develop this country, but not with the current conditions which favor outsiders…

  9. There are problems in Zambia right now to do with the debt crisis yet this man decides to leave the country with a bus load of hopeless ministers to attend the UN summit . When we ever going to have a president to address our problems ? This man keeps running away from problems using every chance he could find .He could have sent Ingonge instead of going .

    I dont need to have a PHD like Mushota to know that Lungu does not have an idea on how to run a country . Our country is at the hands of thieving PR directors .

  10. How can ECL talk about emulating Mandela when he locks up opposition on trumped up charges, then jokes around with national dialogue?

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