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President Lungu Opens PF Lusaka Province Conference

 

 

 

SPEECH BY

 HIS EXCELLENCY DR EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

DURING THE PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE FOR PATRIOTIC FRONT LUSAKA PROVINCE

                  THURSDAY, 18TH MARCH, 2021

 

  • THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE PATRIOTIC FRONT, MR DAVIES MWILA;
  • THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PATRIOTIC FRONT-MR SAMUEL MUKUPA;
  • MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE PRESENT;
  • CABINET MINISTERS PRESENT;
  • MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT PRESENT;
  • ALL MEMBERS OF THE PATRIOTIC FRONT;
  • MEMBERS OF THE PRESS
  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN;

 

I GREET YOU ALL.

 

I AM DEEPLY HONOURED TO OFFICIATE AT THIS ELECTIVE PATRIOTIC FRONT LUSAKA PROVINCE CONFERENCE WHICH OFFERS US AN OPPORTUNITY TO SELECT MEN AND WOMEN OF VALOUR WHO TOGETHER WITH MILLIONS OF OTHER ZAMBIANS WILL STIR US TO VICTORY IN THE FORTHCOMING GENERAL ELECTIONS IN AUGUST.

AS A PARTY, WE NEED TO CONGRATULATE OURSELVES FOR SUCCESSFULLY HOLDING ELECTIVE CONFERENCES IN NINE PROVINCES, AND THIS ONE IS THE ICING OF THE CAKE.

AND THIS PARTICULAR CONFERENCE PRECEDES OUR UPCOMING ELECTIVE GENERAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR 10TH AND 11TH APRIL, 2021 TO ELECT THE PARTY PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE.

THIS IS A REFLECTION OF OUR PARTY’S UNEQUALLED NATIONAL CHARACTER AND INTRA-PARTY DEMOCRACY.

IN THE PATRIOTIC FRONT, WE HAVE CONTINUED TO UPHOLD INTRA PARTY DEMOCRACY BY AFFORDING AN OPPORTUNITY TO THE MEMBERS TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN LEADERS, AND NOT IMPOSING LEADERS ON THE PEOPLE. THIS IS A REMARKABLE ATTRIBUTE WHICH OTHER PARTIES CAN DRAW LESSONS FROM.

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THIS IS WHAT UNIQUELY MAKES THE PATRIOTIC FRONT A GREAT MASS MOVEMENT OF  PEOPLE, AND THIS IS WHAT HAS ALSO ENTRENCHED US NATIONWIDE AS THE PARTY OF CHOICE.

WHAT WE ARE, THEREFORE, WITNESSING HERE TODAY IS A CONSUMATION OF OUR CORE IDEAL OF BEING PEOPLE CENTERED. WHAT WE ARE SEEING HERE IS THE CONTINUED FORTIFICATION OF THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR DEMOCRACY,

 

DEAR FRIENDS,

SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME, ALL RECORDED HISTORY ABOUT ANY SOCIETY OR NATION THAT EVER ACHIEVED REMARKABLE DEVELOPMENT CAN BE SUMMARISED AS:

  • A HISTORY OF A PEOPLE WHO REFUSED TO GIVE IN TO THE TEMPTATION OF BREAKING-APART EVEN WHEN THAT WAS THE MOST EXPEDIENT THING TO DO.
  • A HISTORY OF A PEOPLE WHO REFUSED TO BE DRAWN INTO EMBRACING DESPAIR AND DOUBT, IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY.
  • A HISTORY OF A PEOPLE WHO REFUSED TO SEVER THEIR PRECIOUS BONDS OF HUMAN BROTHERHOOD AND SISTERHOOD, BONDS OF MUTUAL LOVE AND RESPECT, AND BONDS OF COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY AND EFFORT – DESPITE HOLDING DIFFERENT OPINIONS.
  • A HISTORY OF A PEOPLE WHO REFUSED TO SUCCUMB TO COMPLACENCY AND LETHARGY, WHEN IT CAME TO OVERCOMING COMMON CHALLENGES IN ORDER TO BUILD A PROSPEROUS AND HEALTHY FUTURE FOR ALL.
  • A HISTORY OF A PEOPLE WHO DARED TO BREAK FRONTIERS AND ENDEAVOURED TO ACHIEVE THE IMPROBABLE.
  • A HISTORY OF A PEOPLE WHO AGAINST ALL ODDS –STOOD UP AGAINST SEEMINGLY INSURMOUNTABLE CHALLENGES.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

AS ZAMBIANS, WE ARE SUCH A PEOPLE.

 

PARTY MEMBERS,

TRANSFORMING ZAMBIA INTO A PROSPEROUS, RESILIENT, HEALTHY AND UNITED NATION IS OUR COMMON GOAL. THIS IS THE DESTINY WHICH WE HAVE CHOSEN FOR OURSELVES, FOR OUR CHILDREN, AND FOR OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN.

 

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER WINSTONE CHURCHILL ONCE SAID, AND I QUOTE:

“WE CANNOT ESCAPE OUR CHALLENGES BY RECOILING FROM THEM. WE DARE NOT PRETEND SUCH DANGERS DO NOT EXIST.” END OF QUOTE.

 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

AS ZAMBIANS, WE ARE FACED WITH SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ADVERSITIES WORSENED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.  LET US NOT LIMIT OUR IMAGINATION, NOR UNDERESTIMATE WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF ACHIEVING, TOGETHER. LET US NOT BURY OUR HEADS IN THE SAND BUT RISE ABOVE OUR CHALLENGES.

 

AS A PARTY AND A NATION, LET US CHOOSE TO COLLECTIVELY DEFEAT COVID-19 AND OTHER COMMON CHALLENGES, WHILE CONTINUING TO WORK TOGETHER TO TRANSFORM ZAMBIA INTO “A PROSPEROUS MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRY BY 2030.” WE ARE MORE THAN EQUAL TO THE TASK!

 

FELLOW ZAMBIANS,

HISTORY HAS EXAMPLES OF COUNTRIES LIKE SINGAPORE AND SOUTH KOREA THAT HAVE TRANSITIONED FROM LOW-INCOME TO DEVELOPED COUNTRIES IN ONE GENERATION.

 

TOGETHER, WE, TOO, CAN ACHIEVE REMARKABLE ECONOMIC SUCCESS AND BECOME A HIGH-INCOME ECONOMY IN ONE GENERATION.

 

MANY COUNTRIES IN THE HISTORY HAVE ACHIEVED EXTRAORDINARY ECONOMIC SUCCESS BECAUSE OF STRONG WILL AND DETERMINATION. ZAMBIA CAN ATTAIN AND EVEN SURPASS THESE ASPIRATIONS AS LONG AS WE ARE INNOVATIVE, AND HARD WORKING.

I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT THAT THE LIVING GOD WHO GUIDED OUR FOREFATHERS WILL ALSO GUIDE US IN OUR CURRENT ENDEAVOURS. WE ARE AN ASSERTIVE NATION! WE ARE A NATION OF ACHIEVERS. WE ARE A NATION OF FAITH!

 

COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN,

COVID-19 HAS TAUGHT US TO EMBRACE THE NEW NORMAL. COVID-19 HAS TAUGHT US THAT OUR COLLECTIVE WELL-BEING IS LINKED AND THAT, OUR INDIVIDUAL INTERESTS AND COLLECTIVE INTERESTS ARE ALL INTERCONNECTED.

 

FOR OUR NATION, THIS IS THE TIME WHEN THE COMMON GOOD, NOT NARROW AMBITIONS, SHOULD REIGN SUPREME.

 

LET POSTERITY POINT TO THIS PERIOD IN THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION, AS THE TIME WHEN WE ALL CAME TOGETHER AROUND ONE COMMON OBJECTIVE: TO MAKE ZAMBIA A PROSPEROUS, UNITED, HEALTHY AND RESILIENT NATION.

 

TO ACHIEVE THIS; WE MUST ALL EMBRACE SHARED IDENTITY AND COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY, AND REJECT NAME-CALLING AND CYNICISM.

 

THOUGH WE ARE DIVERSE, WE ARE ONE. WE ARE ONE BODY OF ZAMBIANS, WITH A SHARED DESTINY. IT IS A DESTINY OF UNBREAKABLE BONDS OF FRIENDSHIP, UNITY, LOVE, AND SHARED PROSPERITY – WITHOUT LEAVING ANYONE BEHIND.

 

OUR COMMON HERITAGE IS DEEPLY EMBEDDED IN OUR NATION’S CREED: “ONE ZAMBIA, ONE NATION”. THOUGH WE ARE MANY, WE ARE ONE TRIBE – ZAMBIAN. YOUR TRIBE AND MY TRIBE IS ZAMBIAN.

 

WE ARE ALL ZAMBIAN FIRST AND FOREMOST. THEREFORE, LET US SEEK TO DO ONLY THAT WHICH BENEFITS AND STRENGTHENS ZAMBIA FIRST AND FOREMOST.

 

TOGETHER, WE CAN BUILD THE ZAMBIA WE ALL WANT.

 

PARTY MEMBERS,

OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE.

 

I HAVE REPEATEDLY STATED THAT; MY PRINCIPAL FOCUS IS NOT ON THE NEXT ELECTION, BUT ON THE NEXT GENERATION OF ZAMBIANS.

THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WHICH WE ALL WANT FOR ZAMBIA, ALSO DEPENDS ON THE HEALTH AND CAPABILITIES OF OUR CHILDREN AND ALL OUR PEOPLE.

THIS IS THE REASON WHY MY GOVERNMENT HAS CONTINUED TO PLACE “INVESTING IN ITS PEOPLE”, AT THE CENTRE OF OUR TRANSFORMATIVE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA.

 

I BELIEVE THAT OUR CHILDREN REPRESENT A GENERATION THAT SHALL UNLOCK ZAMBIA’S FULL POTENTIAL TO ACHIEVE UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES FAR AND BEYOND THE VISION 2030 GOAL.

LET US CONTINUE WORKING TOGETHER, TO ACHIEVE UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES FOR THIS GENERATION AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.

 

LET US DARE TO DREAM.

LET US JOIN HANDS TOGETHER, TO TRANSFORM THE FACE OF OUR GREAT NATION FOR THE BETTER – NOT JUST FOR OURSELVES, BUT FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.  WE IN THE PATRIOTIC FRONT MUST BE PROUD THAT 20 YEARS SINCE THE INCEPTION OF OUR GREAT PARTY, WE HAVE TRANSFORMED OURSELVES INTO THE MOST ATTRACTIVE PARTY!

 

WE IN THE PATRIOTIC FRONT MUST BE PROUD OF THE FACT THAT 10 YEARS OF BEING FORMED IN 2011 WE WON ELECTIONS AND FORMED GOVERNMENT!

 

WE IN THE PATRIOTIC FRONT MUST BE PROUD THAT DESPITE LOSING OUR GREAT LEADER AND FOUNDER OF OUR GREAT PARTY, PRESIDENT MICHAEL SATA, WE HELD FORT AND WON THE 2015 AND 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.

 

WE IN THE PATRIOTIC FRONT MUST BE PROUD OF THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION TO OUR GREAT NATION, INCLUDING THE BUILDING OF ROADS, BRIDGES, SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES, HOSPITALS AND HOUSES.

 

LUSAKA PROVINCE,

YOU MUST BE PROUD OF THESE ACHIEVEMENTS. THE NEW AIRPORT, NEW ROADS, EXPANDED ROADS, FLY-OVER BRIDGES, HOSPITALS, INTERNATIONAL STADIUM, SHOPPING MALLS HAVE ALL BEEN BUILT DURING OUR SHORT STAY IN OFFICE.  PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN HERE IN A LONG TIME HAVE CONFESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS DONE GREAT THINGS SINCE COMING INTO OFFICE.

 

SO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AS WE APPROACH THE AUGUST ELECTIONS, WHY WOULD ANYONE LOOK ELSEWHERE?

 

PARTY MEMBERS,

AS I CONCLUDE I WISH TO NOTE THAT ELECTIONS IN A VIBRANT PARTY SUCH AS OURS CAN BE FIERCE AND COMPETITIVE.  AND THIS CALLS FOR SOBER MINDS AND MATURITY AS WE EXERCISE OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO CHOOSE LEADERS AT PROVINCIAL LEVEL.

OUR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER AND MUTUAL RESPECT BETWEEN THOSE ELECTED AND THOSE NOT ELECTED IS WHAT WILL HOLD THE PARTY TOGETHER.

 

THE GREATER GOOD OF THE PARTY OVERRIDES PERSONAL AMBITIONS. THE GREATER GOOD OF THE NATION IS THE GREAT PURPOSE OF THE PATRIOTIC FRONT. THAT IS OUR ETHOS.

 

I, THEREFORE, URGE YOU ALL TO ARISE FROM THIS CONFERENCE AS ONE FORCE GEARED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR NATION BEYOND APRIL AND AUGUST THIS YEAR.

 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

THIS GOVERNMENT CARES FOR YOU;

THIS PRESIDENT CARES FOR YOU;

 

I THANK YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU.