His Excellence President Edgar Lungu delivers his speech during the official opening of the third session of the twelfth National Assembly

President Edgar Lungu is this morning expected in Parliament to address the House and the nation at large on national values and principles.

This is in line with Article 9 (2) of the Constitution of Zambia.

Various stakeholders will be expecting the President to emphasize the strengthening of the country’s values and morals for the country to continue upholding morals which are based on biblical principles.

The Zambia National Women’s Lobby says it expects the President to comment on the continued revelations of misappropriation of public funds by senior government officials.

Organisation Executive Director Juliet Chibuta said this is important because corruption breeds inefficiency and distorts decision-making connected with public investment processes, thereby undermining development outcomes.

She said her Organisation anticipates that the President will provide guidance on how the increasing poverty levels triggered by the high cost of living can be mediated because High poverty levels are a concern for all because it affects women the most.

Mrs. Chibuta said the Zambia National Womens Lobby also expect that the President will address the challenge of violence during elections which appears to have taken root as evidenced by the just ended by-election in Sesheke District, where many people were injured.

She said Violence discourages women from taking part in electoral processes both as candidates and voters.

And, Ms. Chibuta says as the House prepares to commence the process of amending the Constitution, Zambia National Womens Lobby expects the President to provide guidance on this important process.

“Of prominence to us is Article 60 (1 b and c) which provides for political parties to conduct primary elections for the selection of candidates for election or nomination to state office. Zambia National Womens Lobby has observed that most women candidates who go through primary elections get dropped by higher organs of the political parties”, she observed.

She said Article 60 (1 b and c) be amended to obligate political parties to adhere to the outcome of the primary elections. We further recommend the inclusion of principles of gender equality.

Mrs. Chibuta said additionally, Article 253 (1) (a) on equitable access to land and associated resources should be amended to enhance equity in land allocation.

She observed that in its current state, this law favours citizens with finances who are mostly men.

Mrs. Chibuta said her Organisation also looks forward to hearing the President’s position on how the principle of equality is being addressed, through the implementation of the Gender Equity and Equality Act.

She said there is need to set up the Gender Equity and Equality Commission for the Act to be operationalized adding that they await to hear from the Head of State on these and other matters of national importance.

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    • Ba Edgar what morals and values your so-called wife has to be travelling with a gang, as far as America to collect Firetrucks she has no use for. What morals should we discuss?

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    • I think Lungu is telling the citizens of this beautiful country “do as I say, not as I do”.

      Enough said.

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    • A president never campaigns to be elected on morals. They campaign on job creation, the economy, money in peoples pockets. 3 years done the line this president must tell the nation what he has achieved or even what plans he has for this country on these matters. Otherwise kuwaya wayafye!

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    • Please suspend this presidential address to the nation until we have a morally upright guy in state house. The current occupant of plot 1 does not qualify to talk about morals. Or at least let Inonge Wina read that useless speech. The trick though is that the suspension may last forever because the other privatization/receivership thief who is most likely to succeed Chitotela’s boss does not also qualify to talk about morals. He is actually worse. God help us

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    • The president will read a speech written and prepared by someone else. It brings nothing but empty pronouncements to the nation. No values in PF due to violence and corruption.

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    • MEANWHILE PEOPLE OF ROAN AND BAHATI ARE REMINDED TO DO “Dont Kubeba” TAKE MONEY FROM PF EAT LIKE WE DID IN 2011 BUT DO NOT VOTE THEM.TAKE EAT TAKE EAT TAKE EAT but remember to do like was done to RB.

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    • RDA is spending $80 milion of prefab components and this LAZY BUM is talking about morals and values…you wonder why Chitotela is still Infrastructure Minister.

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  1. This must be the biggest joke of the century, abena Jamie Whisky teaching people morals, what morals are these, Dununa reverse? Ni masalamusi sure!

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  2. Address the nation on the state of the nation ( which we all know) and measures you are employing to put us out of the me.ss. Not this morals c.rap

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  3. National Values and Principles ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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  4. I told you , when things get tough with prices rasing every where , Lungu never fails to do the bible trick of national prayers or national morals…

    He will do anything to avoid taking about the state of the economy……

    Music pleas ….dunnuna reverse iyee ….

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  5. This is all wrong indeed, it like telling your children not to be drinking beer and yet you keep coming home drunk everyday. What lessons do you think your children will learn? Your word or your actions? Please spare us this circus and concentrate on real issues facing the country. Debt has risen to over 10 billion USD and our reserves have dwindled to their lowest in the history of this country.The so called austerity measures have had a diametrical and opposite effect, youth unemployment is at its worst, the price of our staple food has skyrocketed, what is it that we are doing wrong and right if I may ask?

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  6. A candidate whilst filing nominations in Roan yesterday told the gathering that he was going to create employment. Are these surely morals? How can this candidate create employment when the entire government has failed to do that. Please address this moral issue today in your address ,Lies must come to an end

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  7. The classic one is the one where every time there are elections, a politician goes to stand at the gates of Mulungushi textiles in Kabwe and says once you give us the vote, we will open this thing. Not knowing what is wrong with our Kabwe compatriots they always give such characters the vote and the textile is never opened. Guaranteed in 2021, somebody will go and stand at that gate, I can even visualize the spot where he will stand. Ati Morals?

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  8. This man is living on another planet, for all the thieving and corruption he presides over and sponsored from State House, Lungu must mock the Zambian people. He must think the Zambian people are very foolish. He is such a joker and by deeds he has eroded the moral fibre of the nation as exemplified by the degradation in the fortunes of the nation.

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  9. WHO WOULD BE THERE TO LISTEN FROM HIM?WHEN THERE HAS BEEN SERIOUS ISSUE TO ADDRESS AND TODAY HE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT PRINCIPLES WHEN HE IS NOT PRINCIPLED.HE HAS STOLEN ALOT WITH NO SHAME ON HIM WITH HIS PEOPLE. JUST SIT AND REFLECT ON WHAT IS TO COME IN YOUR LIFE BOSS. THE BIBLE SAYS THEYS NO PERMANENT SITUATION UNDER THIS EARTH.WASTE OF TIME

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  10. Not even Inonge with a forged UNZA degree can talk down to us on issues of national values and principles. The current crop of leaders in government is morally bankrupt to the core. The PF Pro-poor slogan died with President Michael Sata. We have leaders who give themselves gratuities at 100% of their current salaries and allowances whilst students in tertiary institutions are denied of the opportunity to get an education by being denied of a loan. These are leaders who lack empathy and compassion. They themselves are where they are today because the Zambian society gave them this opportunity which they deny others. They have no empathy or compassion to put themselves in the position of the less fortunate and are therefore not human enough to continue to be our leaders. Let Lungu and his…

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  11. #Danielle. The issues of morals are relative and highly subjective. First and foremost the whole country is morally bankrupt. We also require or aspire to have a morally upright leader but that leader must come from amongst ourselves in short must be Zambian. Ba Danielle I do not know you but if you search your heart you know who you are. It you look around our politicians in Govt or in opposition who do you think fits the cap of moral values?? the Answer is none absolutely NONE including the so called clergy. You have s few examples in Zambian political circles. If we wait until we get a morally uptright chap we will wait forever because there is None. I know those who support HH will say he is morally upright but that is a pipe dream and extreme naivety and biasness. What we need…

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  12. Kikikikikiki, that is why this government is so corrupt. It uses the christian nation banner with impunity.
    Religious banners are hung everywhere and yet the corruption and callousness of public servants are out of this world. There is no love thy brother there. Walk the talk! Or burn in h.ell as per the holy book you swear by. There are just so many lies being preached to gullible Zambians.

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  13. What does this crook know about values and principles, just go drink whiskey on tax payers money and pee your self, that`s what you do best……. pompwe iwe

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