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I consider myself a success – LunguBy Mukosha Funga on 12 Feb 2018
President Edgar Lungu says he considers himself a success because no one believed in him but he is Head of State today.
And President Lungu has asked clergymen to counsel politicians who are causing confusion saying if not stopped, they can create confusion for everyone, including innocent people.
Speaking during a Chimwemwe UCZ service yesterday, President Lungu said he never know he could be president.
“I never knew I would be president but here I am. I never knew I would be a success story but here I am. I consider myself a success because no one believed in me but God saw it fit to put me here. That’s why in him and through him, with him and the church, I believe we are doing very well,” President Lungu said.
“You have taught me not to listen to what people say but I am only human. Last week I was told ‘there is no rain in Zambia because PF has got wrong policies in place, today we have got floods all over Zambia, I don’t know whether the floods are because PF has got no proper policies in place. I am very happy that you told me to ignore some of these things, however, I have chosen not to ignore. I listen to everything, even when they insult me I listen but there is no sense in that. I want to make it very clear that I hear all the voices especially when they are coming from people who think they are very clever but I only pick those which are going to help me in my job as president.”
President Lungu said he would always be available to the church.
“We are where we are because of you. We are your servants and your servants and the servant listens to the master and the master is you. To the church, my message is that please don’t give up on us, keep praying for us, that’s your first duty. The second duty is to counsel us, to advise us to do the right thing. As for me, I will always make myself available to the church. That’s because I believe I am here because God allowed it and in his own wisdom and grace, he will use me the way he wants to. As a human being, I am bound to make mistakes, I am bound to fail, but please advise us. The same should be done to all those who aspire to become presidents in whatever form,” he said.
“Ba bishop, abantu nga balelanda ine ndonfwa. Nomba nsalamo ifya mano…nomba nga nifyauwelewele, nshumfwa nokumfwa (Bishop, when people are speaking, I listen. But I choose the sensible things, if they speak foolish things, I don’t listen).”
And President Lungu asked the church to counsel opposition leaders saying if not stopped, they could cause chaos for everyone.
“Some people are saying I should stop talking too much but even them when you have a chance, you can call them and ask them to tone down.
I know that when people are fighting, there is need for someone who has some strength and sense to say ‘please stop that nonsense’…once in a while, you call the stupid person and tell them to stop it. And those who are bringing confusion in the political arena in the name of fighting for political office and power, when they go overboard, call them, sit them down and give them guidance. A foolish person can destroy your peace and the rest of us law abiding citizens begin suffering because we did not stop that person at the right time. You need to call these people sometimes and say ‘politicking is allowed but I think you have gone too far because the consequences will affect all of us including us the innocent people’,” said President Lungu.
“But I will work hard for the people of Zambia and I am available to be guided. The vision I carry is that which inspired people to vote for PF in 2011, 2015, 2016. It is not my vision, who am I? Intelligence lies in the people. If you think you are very intelligent then you are the most dull person.”
About Mukosha Funga
Mukosha Funga is a Zambian journalist interested in good governance and anti corruption reporting.
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