IF there is someone who respects the law in this country, I am number one because I am a lawyer, says President Edgar Lungu.
And President Lungu says despite implications, he will not pull out on the decision over Konkola Copper Mine.
Meanwhile, President Lungu says squabbles in the PF are not good.
The Head of State said this upon arrival at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport in Ndola today afternoon.
“I am saying this because people are complaining. It’s a political decision made, it’s an economic decision we made. We know the implications, but we will follow the due process of the law. We are not pulling out of our decision, no, we are going ahead. You say Lungu is contemptuous. If there is someone who respects the law in this country, I am number one because I am a lawyer myself,” President Lungu said.
“Those that are saying he is interfereing with the courts are just wasting their time. I will respect the courts of law, but I will do my part because power belongs to the people, including the ruling power.”
President Lungu said he was humbled by the support shown to him by the people of the Copperbelt.
“I’m humbled by the love you show me. Your love and value for me is genuine and I should love you the same. When things are tough, I should be the one to say ifintu nafikosa (things are hrd), but I will provide leadership,” he said.
“Coming to the party, ba Nathan Chanda (PF provincial Chairman) and your group provide leadership, don’t allow squabbles to take centre stage in our politics. I know what is going on in Mufulira, Luanshya, Ndola, Kitwe, I know what is going on, but I urge you to pay back the support of the people by providing leadership. In leadership, you have to make tough decisions some times.”
President Lungu warned against squabbles, which he said would destroy the party.
“Put your foot down. And when someone is wrong, say you are wrong. If you are aggrieved, don’t say nalafileka, nishi tawabamo (I will stop, then you are not on it). You can appeal your case. If you came here to use the party to make money, we won’t allow you. PF is bigger than an individual. Those who feel if they leave, PF will die, how many have left yet the party keeps growing? If you don’t want, go,” said President Lungu.
And Chanda said people were crying for empowerment.