By Nation Reporter
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has shown the world that democracy is about the rule of law by accepting that his inauguration should be postponed following the filing in of a petition in the Constitutional Court challenging his re-election as Head of State, Harry Kalaba has said.
Mr Kalaba, who is former Foreign Affairs minister and re-elected Bahati Member of Parliament, said President Lungu was setting a unique example in Africa of true statesmanship by abiding by the Constitution to freeze his inauguration so that the Constitutional Court could decide on the petition by the UPND.
He said in an interview that President Lungu had allowed the due process of the law to take its full course and wait for his inauguration as his re-election has been challenged in the Constitutional Court.
Mr Kalaba said while the general membership of the PF would have loved to have the Head of State inaugurated, President Lungu had demonstrated that it was more important to listen to the people and respect the rule of the law.
He said both local and the international observers had described the August 11 general elections as having passed the test of a free, fair and credible election and it was therefore important that Zambians patiently waited for the outcome of the Constitutional Court.
“We are happy and we respect President Lungu for his determination to govern Zambia by the rule of law and not the rule of man. President Lungu has modestly accepted that his inauguration should be postponed after the UPND petitioned the Constitutional Court to nullify his re-election.
‘‘He has shown Africa and the world at large that democracy is about the rule of law and we respect the President for that. I can only appeal to the PF and the general citizenry to wait patiently as the Constitutional Court presides over the matter,” Mr Kalaba said.
And Mr Kalaba said reports of ethnic violence in Southern Province were saddening and called on the people in the region not to vent their anger of losing an election on their fellow brothers and sisters.
Mr Kalaba said Zambia had always been a haven of peace and home to many political refugees from countries that had suffered civil strife and should therefore remain as such.
He said it was unZambian for citizens to rise against each other on account of political power or political differences and called on the people in Southern Province to restrain themselves from attacking fellow citizens.