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President Lungu urges youths not to be used for violence and warns illegal gun owners

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President Edgar Lungu has called on youths not to be used as tools of violence and appealed to Zambians to embrace dialogue.

Addressing the nation on the eve of Africa Freedom Day, which will be celebrated today under the theme silencing the guns creating conducive of conditions Africa’s development, the President said that youths must strive to promote peace and enhance co-existence and regretted that youths have lately been used as tools of violence.

President Lungu reminded the younger generation that the freedom they are enjoying today was attained by the fore-fathers who made great sacrifices to attain peace.

The President said that Zambia wants to see continent free of conflicts, and one that promotes peace and stability and urged Zambians to embrace the one Zambia One nation Motto.

President Lungu said that despite Zambia enjoying peace there is still a need to check certain vices that undermine the capacity to safeguard peace and achieve sustainable development.

President Lungu said that was needed to guard against vices such as tribalism, corruption, child marriages, and violation of human rights. President Lungu said that Zambia must also guard against emerging threats such as terrorism, cyber-crimes money laundering, and illicit financial flows. He emphasized that such and other vices can sabotage Zambia’s efforts to build a strong and resilient economy.

President Lungu also urged those in possession of illegal firearms to surrender them to the state, adding that, in doing so, they will be contributing to the eradication of the gun culture thereby promoting peace.

“As a country we have been implementing an arms amnesty initiative since 2011 which is also in line with the African Union Initiative to silence the guns by 2020.
Let me therefore urge those still in possession of illegal fire arms to surrender them to the state. In doing so you will be contributing to the eradication of the gun culture thereby promoting peace in our country.” Said President Lungu.

President Lungu said that Zambia has been implementing an arms amnesty initiative since 2011 which is also in line with the African Union Initiative to silence the guns by 2020.

He said anyone who will be found in possession of illegal firearms after the amnesty will be sternly dealt with under existing laws.

“Once this amnesty ends anyone found in possession of illegal fire arms will be sternly dealt with under our existing laws.” he said

The amnesty comes to an end on June 30th, 2020.

This year’s commemorations fall under the theme “Silencing the guns, creating conducive conditions for Africa’s development.”

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27 COMMENTS

  1. How I wish the President would not wear a partisan mask. This should have been left to the general party membership more so that his Secretary General did not support this earlier.

  2. My question to the president do you embrace dialogues and stopping violence? don’t pretend Mr President to be good when are not good to especially to your fellow politicians.

  3. What is the purpose of using a PF mask when covid knows no political party. That is why we are saying Dola’s claim of being sick is a made up story, it is all about politics. Tuka salafye bwino at the right time.

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  4. Ahmmmn I also expected him to address the Congo brawl!!!! Most youths are paid a few pieces of silver to do horrendous stuff. Just visit Kulima tower and see how violent known cadres are. Radio stations attackers are from which Party? Didn’t people get hurt in his presence at youth day. This is another missed call.

  5. Sometimes he must just keep quiet. He has failed to run PF and the country at large.

    Who is sending PF youth cadres to storm radio stations?..

    Edgar Lungu must be removed and go!

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  6. The same youth whom you’re talking about are the ones who gonna remove through the ballot boxes.

    PF must go!

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  7. I watched his delivery of the Africa Day speech. I think ECL is worried sick. There was no energy about him, nothing at all. The face looked crestfallen.There ought to be something eating up this man from inside. He holds the record for retiring the highest number of police officers amomg all our presidents.

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  8. President lungs failed to hit the target: theme silencing the guns.

    “But there remain armed guards and checkpoints all the same–still a restriction on the right to travel, still an instrument to impose upon ordinary men and women the will of a totalitarian state. Yet it is here in Berlin where the wall emerges most clearly; here, cutting across your city, where the news photo and the television screen have imprinted this brutal division of a continent upon the mind of the world. Standing before the Brandenburg Gate, every man is a German, separated from his fellow men. Every man is a Berliner, forced to look upon a scar.
    President von Weizsacker has said, “The German question is open as long as the Brandenburg Gate is closed.” Today I say: As long as the gate is closed, as long as…

  9. @chisebwe; Today I say: As long as the gate is closed, as long as this scar of a wall is permitted to stand, it is not the German question alone that remains open, but the question of freedom for all mankind. Yet I do not come here to lament. For I find in Berlin a message of hope, even in the shadow of this wall, a message of triumph.” President Reagan

    PF time-out

  10. Mr president what precedent were you setting for the youth when you have been avoiding dialogue yourself.

  11. We must see the law punish the PF violent youths first, then we shall take your words seriously YE. Otherwise you have repeated this countless times and your cadres continue to contradict you countless times. Lead by example YE and Zambia shall be 10 times better.

  12. Mr president under previous administrations in our country Zambia, genuine efforts were made to tame carder-ism, and reduce the Prolification of Guns especially among the wrong type of people, but under your watch Sir, these gains were directly reversed, corruption is the other evil that under your watch has been reversed negatively full circle and theft of public funds has been heightened to unprecedented levels where cadres have taken over government establishment for purposes of collecting monies from citizens for their clandestine use seemingly with full support from the party in power. Sir I believe you see all these things but what worries me most is your kid gloves reaction to the normalization and correction of these issues, Sir it is issues of this nature which cause people to…

  13. Mr president under previous administrations in our country Zambia, genuine efforts were made to tame carder-ism, and reduce the Prolification of Guns especially among the wrong type of people, but under your watch Sir, these gains were directly reversed, corruption is the other evil that Sir it is issues of this nature which cause people to think that perhaps you are held captive by some unknown forces who are pulling the strings while portraying you as a front. How many times have you given instructions which have gone unheeded by your own cadres?????????, Sir kindly go on a retreat and think over these things because it is issues like these which will identify with your name for a long time to come. These Parrots like Sunday Chanda will re brand themselves and will be too far away to…

  14. Mr president under previous administrations in our country Zambia, genuine efforts were made to tame carder-ism, and reduce the Prolification of Guns especially among the wrong type of people, but under your watch Sir, these gains were directly reversed, corruption is the other evil that These Parrots like Sunday Chanda will re brand themselves and will be too far away to protect your tarnished image which they themselves have tarnished through there actions and inaction.

  15. This is the most useless leader in the entire African continent. The last speech he just gave has made him a laughingstock across the globe. He’s an embarrassment to every self respecting Zambian. He appears stiff, reading the message like someone just forced him to read it, his Chinese overlords maybe. He talks about the youth enjoying freedom in Zambia. What freedom when the youth are being abused in Chinese factories, getting locked up like slaves while this foool helplessly watches? What freedom? Yes our founding fathers bled and died for this country. But this corrupt Chinese puppet , Lungu, is taking Zambia back into colonial bondage. The well meaning PF members need to call for an emergency meeting to have this clueless guy resign. Please save the country from this…

  16. … mediocre, clueless corrupt guy who has brought so much misery, and so much shame to our once beloved country. ANC forced another clueless, corrupt leader, Zuma, to resign. PF, you can do the same. How long are you going to torture Zambians with this corrupt, clueless guy? Come on, you can do better than this.

  17. This is the lack of leadership will always point to …last week PF youths were sent to radio stations where were you and know you are there reading a speech someone has written for you..people are seeing your cadres get away with it hence the reason they are venting their frustrations on your Paymasters the Chinks. You Lazy Lungu should not even attempt to stand for another 5 years…in the nation’s interest… you dont deserve it !!

  18. He is there ignorantly reading a speech about Africa Freedon Day yet he is pushing the country deeper and deeper into Chinese slavery by signing debts on top of debts.

  19. Useless Bandit President you selling the country to the chinese and causing misery to Zambians…you busy receiving kickbacks from Chinese rats iwe makaka

  20. Who if not PF cadres should surrender guns? The only people known to have killed innocent Zambians using guns are the followers of the man giving orders which can never be obeyed.

  21. The problem is we always hear the word warns .We have not seen any actions from this lazy government .Why should the opposition be scared to go to a radio station in a democracy and let the people know the different views on how the country should be run? The internet was plastered with images of PF sponsored thugs who went from Lusaka to Luanshya to threatened Chishimba Kambwili . Upto now the thugs are still clubbing with the PF and enjoying a steal wall protection from this clueless government .

  22. PURE RHETORIC! This president is at the center of the violence. Remember he was elected through the panga and he quickly pretended to institute and inquiry into the violence conducted by his militia! By the way when is ICC coming to arrest this group of thugs??

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