Mugabe extols Lungu, Zambians


PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu’s victory is a win for all Zambians, coming from a free and fair election, says Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

Mr Mugabe, who is Chairperson of the African Union (AU) congratulated Zambians for having held free and fair elections and thanked them for having repeatedly demonstrated and lived up to their reputation of a democratic country.

He was speaking in Lusaka on behalf other Heads of State and foreign dignitaries at the  swearing in ceremony of President Lungu as Zambia’s sixth republican president which was held at Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium yesterday.

President Mugabe said there was need for unity and that Zambians must remain united under the One Zambia One Nation motto that had guided them for a long time.

He appealed to Zambians to remain united by avoiding tribalism and political violence so that they would continue to be the most adorable country in Africa.

Meanwhile, President Mugabe has recognized the first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda and other African leaders such as Julius Nyerere, Kwame Nkuruma of Ghana and Sereste Khama of Botswana for having  founded the front line states which also created an environment and gave a lot of assistance to fight for the liberation of Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Angola and Mozambique.

He further said the liberation movement and the voice of freedom which began in Zambia became the voice of freedom in the whole of African regions.

Mr Mugabe urged all African leaders to maintain democracy in their countries because democratic states were peaceful that did not entertain or tolerate leaders that used violence to get power.

He further said there was need to continue working together in all the programmes which were started together for the well-being of the people.

President Mugabe further said that Zambia and Zimbabwe would always work together for the common goals.