The 252 Dundumwezi Votes Contributed to my reaching the 50% + 1 mark-Lungu

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AmosPresident Edgar Lungu has said that the 252 votes he got from Dundumwezi constituency helped him get to the 50% +1 mark. Dundumwezi constituency in Kalomo District, with a voter turn out of 79% gave President Lungu 252 votes and his main rival, Hakainde Hichilema, 30 810 votes.

Speaking when he thanked PF supporters for ensuring victory in the just ended polls at Woodlands stadium yesterday afternoon, Mr Lungu said the country was one and that he wouldn’t have reached the required 50%+1 without the votes from Dundumwezi and said that his party, Patriotic Front (PF) has a responsibility to show unity even in areas which rejected them and ensure that the country remains united.

“We have a duty to unite this country and I will do it myself! We have a responsibility to show the people on the areas where we didn’t win that we are One Zambia, One Nation. If I didn’t get those 252 votes in Dundumwezi, I wouldn’t have gotten 50% + 1

“I have to go to Southern province, Western province and North-western province because of the job you have given me of One Zambia, One Nation”

The President said there is no need for bitterness and neither is their need for gloating because what is important now is to unite the country in order to create an environment fertile for development across the nation, even in areas that did not vote PF.

If I didn’t get those 252 votes in Dundumwezi, I wouldn’t have gotten 50% + 1
“When there’s extreme bitterness and extreme happiness you create a poison. I want us to continue living under the doctrine of One Zambia One nation regardless of how we voted in the last election. I want to reach out to the people in Western Province, North Western and Southern Province, find out why they did not vote for us so that we can do better in next polls,” President Lungu said.

There were chants of “peace” and “Lungu throughout the hour long address where the President also asked Zambians to remain calm and wait for the inauguration which he said maybe delayed due to a court action taken out by the opposition.

The court action means President Lungu may not be sworn in until after two weeks from the time the action is taken.

The opposition according to Lungu are seeking court action to challenge the poll result that has already been hailed as free and fair by major international observer missions and the church in Zambia.

“I have to go to Southern province, Western province and North-western province because of the job you have given me of One Zambia, One Nation”
President Lungu said, “This meeting was to thank you and let you know we will deliver what we promised. The Zambian people expect a lot. There will be no time for honeymoon. We have a duty to show that we can deliver what we promised. We must not punish those that didn’t vote for us. No single vote is bigger than the other.”

He gave an example of the late President Michael Sata whom after losing the 2008 widely disputed poll asked Zambians to lay down arms instead of supporting the anarchy.

“Mr Sata, when we lost in 2008, said: Stop it!! You, Edgar, you are a lawyer, if this country goes on fire, you an easily go to Tanzania and practice your law, but where will the ordinary people go? Mr. Sata said: if you are not a forgiving leader, how are you going to lead the people!” He said.

President Lungu said the losing candidates have a choice to either go to court, concede defeat and start working towards 2021 polls.

“I am in charge do not let anyone deceive you. Peace and unity and reconciliation is very important. I thank you very much for having shown confidence in me and the PF, ” President Lungu said.

Mr Lungu also said there is need to ensure women and youths are incorporated in the governance of the country.

“We need to have enough women and youths in our governance to reflect the very people who we are.Allow me retreat to form a proper Cabinet.I am asking for your patience, peace and understanding as we await the outcome of the court.”