It is foolish and unnecessary for me to appear on a presidential debate – Edgar Lungu

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Many of you asked in person and on the internet why I am absent from tonight’s MUVI TV debate, to which I felt a response was required.

The answer is very simple – why should I, having only recently been elected leader of the PF, have to defend my party’s record of the past amongst such an audience?

I appreciate that my decision may have disappointed some of you who would have liked to have seen me on the stage, but why should I let my political opposition candidate, who is well trained to point out these issues, try to humiliate me through issues that were no fault of my own? That would not be right.

If I can win these elections next Tuesday, as I really hope to do, then I will build my own reputation through my own policies. I will try to make things better and to repay all of my fellow supporters who have fought so hard for my campaign, and deserve to have more food on the table.

Once I have executed my own policies and forged my own reputation as President, then I will be prepared to be judged by public opinion in a debate. But to do that now I believe would be foolish and unnecessary. I apologise to all those that decision disappoints.

I trust you can all understand this position and I urge you all to vote for me on 20th January.

Thank you and God Bless.
Hon. Edgar Lungu

PF Party Presidential Candidate


31 Responses to It is foolish and unnecessary for me to appear on a presidential debate – Edgar Lungu

  1. coward, empty tin and thief

    January 15, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    • This is fake – Edgar cannot say such foolish words. Act of desperation by the opposition to fabricate such a statement.

      January 16, 2015 at 7:11 am

  2. An empty lawyer! Panga Family president …dullest !

    January 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm

  3. mr. Lungu, Your excuse is lame. Are you saying that you will not take responsibility on the mistakes of your part and correct them. I hoped to you hear you articulate real issues our country is facing and the work your party has done in three year to win un decided votes. what we see on your znbc is half baked speeches and now you have just lost my vote. if at all you won , we don’t expects any press conference but Facebook.

    January 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm

  4. Is this true of Lungu? Did he really post this apology message to his would be voters. If it is true, then I have no doubt, this man drinks Whisky like Satan. How does he think people would vote for him? He has poor image builders and bad advisers. He will be shocked like his father president Kaunda after being advised that he was going to win the electrions, He lost badly. His adviser in the name Banda, the Killer, also cried before the judge when seiing Sata taking oath. Similarly, he is being advised wrongly, that he does not need to debate because he has already won, like his campaign song says. I am really sorry for this drank man.I think he was drank and not campaigning. His stance is like someone who does not care, whether he wins or loses.

    imute wa kalilo
    January 15, 2015 at 9:35 pm

  5. I could imagine what the American public would have thought of Romney if he had given declined to debate with Obama or vice versa on such grounds. The loss at the polls would have been devastatingly humiliating. But for Zambians, well, it is business as usual. After all, “a Lungu a kamba cha kwatu or cibemba”. Poor HH, you should have been born or bred in a bemba speaking place such as CB or northwards. You are however, appear to be the best candidate. After all Zambian govt offices use English as the language of communication at work.

    Let me say this....
    January 15, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    • Why do Africans always want to imitate Americans and Europeans? To make matters worse why do Africans fail in their efforts to imitate? Cant you do things without referring to Americans?

      Follow Fashion Monkeys
      January 16, 2015 at 11:40 am

  6. so EL is taking no responsubility for pf failures because he was not president and yet he is the first one to claim glory for sata’s alleged success. what does this man stand for? just like RB did when he lost _it’s not me who lost its mmd! hope zambians are seeing all this before they are disowned one day the way RB has done to mmd.

    January 15, 2015 at 9:58 pm

  7. whether it is not him who posted that apology for missing from the debate. but the question is still the same Why miss such an important debate for the voters. Lungu is trying to be self centered. He wants to do what he thinks and not what the voters demand of him. Serious voters this time wanted him to be debating national issues. Moreover, some of the reasons given in the post are true, and should not blame the poster. PF thinks by reporting the issue to the robot Police voters will change their stance. Never! Instead PF should report the Poster to the public by coming to debate.

    imute wa kalilo
    January 15, 2015 at 10:02 pm

  8. Imagine this fool of a president? Im very upset. Where will this chap take our country to? Pipo of zambia this fool will take us nowhere, OPEN YOUR EYES.I cant believe im reading this. Ba Lungu sure?? This is no time to joke.
    Oh my God!!!!
    Nondo yamwalumi. Cheeta wini.

    January 15, 2015 at 10:03 pm

  9. Is this not the fellow who is going around saying he will run on the vision of Michael Sata? Who among the people who debated has been president before? Aren’t all of them equal?

    This Edgar Lungu is a fraud.

    January 16, 2015 at 12:17 am

  10. Unbelievable!
    On one hand EL claims to continued Satas legacy and on the other he won’t even defend or support that legacy. As a matter of fact EL believes that Sata’s legacy is so bad that it is not worth standing for. According to him, ‘it is foolish’ and waste of his time.Why then pretend to stand for continuity if you don’t like the performance record of your predecessor? To chicken out of such a crucial forum is ‘foolish and unnecessary’. What a shame!

    Bob sichinga did a marvelous job at the ZACCI meeting on Tuesday. He defended his party very well. If he had appeared on the debate am pretty sure he would have done very well. May be EL should ask for counsel from him.

    Forward with HH.

    January 16, 2015 at 1:24 am

  11. Those of you who were quick to comment, now that you heard that this email is a hoax: what do you to say?? Can you see how desperate the opposition has become? This is unethical, and ECL is above this.

    January 16, 2015 at 1:47 am

    • He is just trying to distance himself away from the statement after being advised that it has just made things worse for him as a candidate. He authored the statement otherwise.

      January 16, 2015 at 6:02 am

  12. It’s a pity this man has no skillful spin doctors, advisors to give an excuse that is mature. The excuse is childish. He was actually throwing a tantrum. If I were him, I would have stuck to his earlier excuse given by PF SG that he was busy campaigning in deep rural areas and could not afford not to have the opportunity of meeting them as the people who will watch the debate are in urban areas and rural areas where he has already been mostly.

    January 16, 2015 at 5:38 am

  13. Just passing!! Next plz!!

    man g
    January 16, 2015 at 6:35 am

  14. the reason he was missed is because he cant articulate real issues the violence

    January 16, 2015 at 6:43 am

  15. I expected ZNBC to air an important event like this one but alas they were busy campaigning for their headless chicken vodka fwaka kachasu.When we come in power we shall arrest the entire ZNBC management for betraying the zambians

    January 16, 2015 at 6:43 am

  16. what Hoax ah! This man can not afford to miss such a very important event. We wanted to see him among other candidates but the line has been drawn to show us who is really ready for the office. HH chipimo and Nawakwi debated so well. HH is the man for now though.

    January 16, 2015 at 6:47 am

  17. Ba opposition mwalasebana, we know these are bogus emails and messages that you have created to tarnish the Image of the President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. what ever your stupid ambitions that you have against him, By Gods grace he will pull through, this is rubbish. come Tuesday vote for Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

    January 16, 2015 at 7:15 am

  18. May be an essay type debate could have worked for lungu, he can’t speak in public.sorry to say he has a speech impairment, but its fact.

    Sheep sheep come Home
    January 16, 2015 at 7:36 am

  19. Big democracies like USA use debates to gauge presidential worthiness but here even the most learned at ZNBC cant copy this-shame.And worse still the supposedly main man chickens out – a sign of seeking to to be president by fluke- its not on countrymen.

    Sheep sheep come Home
    January 16, 2015 at 7:53 am

  20. People,
    Edgar Lungu is not there to show people that he can lead the country. It is foolish to think Edgar hs gone to launder himself on such a forum. Edgar Lungu is there to show people that he can take over the running of PF. The moment he goes out of there he has lost it all. He doesn’t have to go to a meeting organized by Haamuatle, Haantobolo Ha…………….. Haamunkombe Muvi TV Tongas the list is endless. Takwaba no matter how foolish. May be a Tonga can be fooled in this manner.

    January 16, 2015 at 8:21 am

  21. No vision and nothing to speak to the pipo of zambia……HH chabe

    kumawa info
    January 16, 2015 at 9:12 am


    sata chimba
    January 16, 2015 at 10:13 am

  23. If you have ever listened to E. Lungu’s public speeches are empty. All he talks about is violence and sings a lot. There are no important national issues to talk about, he is visionless and his followers are also empty.

    January 16, 2015 at 10:30 am

  24. Zambian eye even publishes this when they very well know it is fake! It just goes to show ZE is in a conspiracy with UPND to try and humiliate Edgar. I am wondering why but may be I should just vote for Edgar to spite such fake publications

    Ba Ntamba Lukuta
    January 16, 2015 at 11:29 am

  25. This is definitely not Lungu’s letter. Even a baby knows that, whom is this media trying to cheat??? Please respect us, we are adults. Don’t cheat people whom you are supposed to serve

    January 16, 2015 at 12:23 pm

  26. If this is true then he has lost the few sympathy votes he had.Let him come out and tell us the real truth.

    Judgement day
    January 16, 2015 at 12:25 pm

  27. Hether the article is genuine or not the fact that E Lungu feared the inerview he has lost my vote to opposition U P N D

    January 16, 2015 at 12:48 pm

  28. Lungu has not done anything worthy pointing at. I went Arackan Barrack to visit a friend whom I was told he is in Kabwe for a course. On my way to Kitwe I passed thru to see him in the in Kabwe. What I saw there is similar to what I saw in Lusaka and what I am seeing in Kalewa- the barracks roads are very very very very BAD and can destroy those tuma spacio vehicles officers buy. What has Lungu done as defense minister for soldiers apart from removing m/meal allowance.Lungu is empty and cant debate and wouldnt even be campaigning had it not been for Sata laying a fake platform for him. PF is gone. Real polirics has been born in the nation.

    January 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm

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