‘Dundumwezi here i come’


…as Chief Justice Mambilima swears in President Lungu

By Nation Reporter

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has promised to visit and shake hands with the 252 people who voted for him against over 30, 000 who did not vote for him in Dundumwezi Constituency during the August 11, 2016 general elections.

“To the people of Dundumwezi, I will still keep my promise to come through and shake hands with the 252 people that voted for me,” he said.

President Lungu said this yesterday when he took oath of office as Zambia’s 6th republican Head of State at a crammed National Heroes Stadium at exactly 11:00 hours to begin his own five-year term mandate.

Zambians from different walks of life started trooping to the National Heroes Stadium as early as 04:00 hours for the love of President Lungu.

Those who arrived slightly after 09:00 hours found the stadium filled beyond capacity and followed the proceedings outside the stadium.

And the Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe paid tribute to founding President Dr Kenneth Kaunda applauding his liberation role of the continent.

The inauguration comes almost 30 days after President Lungu was declared winner by Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairperson Justice Esau Chulu on August 15, 2016.

President Lungu and the Vice-President Inonge Mutukwa Wina were sworn in by the Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima.

Immediately after being sworn in, President Lungu released 2 doves and Zambia National flag coloured balloons to the skies.

He was joined among other dignitaries by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Botswana’s Ian Khama, former Presidents Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Rupiah Banda.

The Head of State had a word to those lining up for jobs after having helped him win the elections that he would not be held hostage.

“No group or individuals shall hold me hostage for their selfish gains. To those that voted for me or did not vote for me I will not disappoint you,” he said.

He said the election season was over and that there would be no winners or losers.

“To the people of Dundumwezi, I will still keep my promise to come through and shake hands with the 252 people that voted for me,” he said.

“There is no time to settle scores. We have work to do. Let us rise above the things that divided us during the elections,” President Lungu said.

Meanwhile, President Lungu said Zambians had placed on his shoulders a huge burden of responsibility and indeed a heavy debt to ensure that at no time should they ever feel they had misplaced their trust and confidence in him and promised not to let Zambians down.

“I can only submit myself to the good Lord almighty, to continually guide me to dutifully, diligently and faithfully, with humility, fulfill my duties and obligations to our country,” he said.

He said he was mindful of the fact that no leader, however strong, could succeed in any endeavour of national importance without the support of the people he or she was sworn to serve.

President Lungu said the Patriotic Front, from the inception of its administration in 2011 under the leadership of late Michael Sata had embarked on a crusade to transform Zambia by accelerating the human development process.

He said, as the party in government, they had taken power to the people in a way never before, adding that they would consolidate on the gains of the past five years.