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‘No playing on the job, after elections, let’s put Zambia first’- Lungu addresses party conference

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President Edgar Lungu says his party has stood the test of the times, having been in existence for 20 years, 10 of them in power, in which it proved its capabilities by transforming the country through infrastructure development.

Addressing his party during Luapula Province PF Conference, Lungu said his administration still has unfinished business, having had set the foundation, Lungu called for hard work, saying the PF remains the undisputed force for development in Zambia.

Lungu said after the 2021 elections his administration’s main focus would be putting Zambia first, a call for patriotism in policy formulation and implementation, adding that to achieve this, there is need for renewed mindset and zeal to drive a new phase of development.

Read his full speech:

SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, DR EDGAR CHAGWA
LUNGU, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
DURING THE LUAPULA PROVINCE PATRIOTIC FRONT CONFERENCE
SUNDAY, 28TH FEBRUARY, 2021

STATE HOUSE
LUSAKA

· THE PATRIOTIC FRONT SECRETARY GENERAL, MR.
DAVIES MWILA;
· THE PATRIOTIC FRONT CHAIRMAN, MR. SAMUEL
MUKUPA;
· MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
PRESENT
· CABINET MINISTERS PRESENT;
· MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT;
· ALL PATRIOTIC FRONT MEMBERS;
· LADIES AND GETLEMEN;

I GREET YOU ALL!

I AM DELIGHTED TO BE HERE TODAY ON THE
OCCASION OF THE ELECTIVE CONVENTION OF THE
PATRIOTIC FRONT IN LUAPULA PROVINCE.

FELLOW PARTY MEMBERS,
IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO HIGHLIGHT HOW
LUAPULA PROVINCE HAS BEEN DEVELOPING EVER
SINCE THE PATRIOTIC FRONT FORMED GOVERNMENT
IN 2011.

UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PF GOVERNMENT,
THE PROVINCE IS ATTRACTING INVESTMENT AND
THEREBY, CREATING JOBS FOR OUR PEOPLE –
THANKS TO THE POLICIES WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE AS
PATRIOTIC FRONT AND YOUR HARD WORK.

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THE SAME CAN BE SAID OF THE OTHER NINE
PROVINCES ACROSS OUR BLESSED NATION. WE HAVE
LEFT NO ONE BEHIND!

BELOVED PARTY MEMBERS,
OUR PARTY HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR 20 YEARS,
THE LAST 10 OF THOSE, WE HAVE BEEN IN POWER
AND WE HAVE TRANSFORMED THE COUNTRY
THROUGH INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT. WE
HAVE COME A LONG WAY, BUT WE STILL HAVE
UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
THE NEXT PHASE OF OUR DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
ENVISIONS A NEW ZAMBIA PROPELLED BY A WIDE
RANGE OF MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE THAT SHOULD
PROPEL ECONOMIC GROWTH THROUGH FOREIGN AND
LOCAL INVESTMENT.
FELLOW PARTY MEMBERS,
HAVING LAID A FIRM FOUNDATION FOR NATIONAL
DEVELOPMENT IN VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE
ECONOMY SUCH AS AGRICULTURE, TOURISM,
INFRASTRUCTURE, HEALTH, EDUCATION, LIVESTOCK
AND FISHERIES, AMONG OTHERS, THE PATRIOTIC
FRONT REMAINS THE UNDISPUTED PROGRESSIVE
FORCE FOR DEVELOPMENT.
AS A PARTY WE ARE POISED TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY
FURTHER TO THE PROMISED LAND -A LAND OF WORK
AND JOY IN UNITY.

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PARTY MEMBERS,
THE PATRIOTIC FRONT, BEING A LARGE AND POPULAR
PARTY IN OUR COUNTRY REMAINS DYNAMIC IN
ADAPTING TO NEW CHALLENGES WHEN
IMPLEMENTING OUR GRAND VISION FOR A BETTER
ZAMBIA, GUIDED BY THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.
THEREFORE, AFTER AUGUST 2021 OUR CATCHPHRASE
AS PATRIOTIC FRONT PARTY AND GOVERNMENT IS
“PUTTING ZAMBIANS FIRST”. IT IS A CALL FOR
PATRIOTISM TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE OF ALL POLICY
FORMULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION.
AND FOR US TO ACHIEVE THIS, WE NEED A NEW MIND
SETS. WE NEED PEOPLE WITH RENEWED ZEAL TO
DRIVE A NEW PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT.
THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE IMPERATIVE BECAUSE THE TASK
OF TAKING OUR COUNTRY TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN LINE WITH THE
ASPIRATIONS OF VISION 2030, CANNOT BE ACHIEVED
WITH A BUSINESS AS USUAL APPROACH.
AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT PHASES OF
DEVELOPMENT FOR LUAPULA, AND THE REST OF THE
COUNTRY, I WISH TO MAKE A CLARION CALL FOR ALL
OF US TO BE UNITED TO GIVE THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE
SOUND AND SELFLESS LEADERSHIP.
PEOPLE OF LUAPULA PROVINCE,
YOUR PROVINCE IS QUICKLY EMERGING AS AN
ECONOMIC GIANT IN ZAMBIA. PEOPLE OF LUAPULA
PROVINCE; I HAVE VISITED YOUR PROVINCE SEVERAL
TIMES SINCE I BECAME PRESIDENT BECAUSE I
BELIEVE THIS PROVINCE CAN BE TRANSFORMED.

LUAPULA PROVINCE PEOPLE,

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I COMMISSIONED THE MANSA SUGAR FACTORY IN
CHEMBE IN JULY 2019; I LAUNCHED THE SUNBIRD
BIOENERGY ZAMBIA CASSAVA OUTGROWER
PROGRAMME IN KAWAMBWA IN JANUARY 2020; I
COMMISSIONED THE 48 MARINE KALA BARRACKS IN
KAWAMBWA IN FEBRUARY, 2020 I COMMISSIONED THE
MUSONDA FALLS POWER STATION IN MWENSE IN
AUGUST, 2020, AND I COMMISSIONED THE
CONSTRUCTION WORKS OF A MODERN CONFERENCE
CENTRE IN SAMFYA IN NOVEMBER, 2020, AMONG
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS.
AND THE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS CONCERNING THE
CONSTRUCTION OF A BRIDGE OVER THE LUAPULA
RIVER BETWEEN ZAMBIA AND THE DEMOCRATIC
REPUBLIC OF CONGO AND THE KASOMENO-MWENDA
TOLL ROAD IS AN EXCITING DEVELOPMENT WHICH
WILL OPEN UP THE PROVINCE AND BRING IN
COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY IN THE PROVINCE.
THEREFORE, THINGS ARE HAPPENING HERE IN
LUAPULA AND THIS PROVINCE IS POISED TO BECOME
AN ECONOMIC GIANT IF WE WORK HARD TO BRING IN
MORE INVESTMENT.
LUAPULA HAS GOOD CLIMATE, GOOD SOILS, AND SO
MUCH WATER AND I AM CONVINCED THAT THIS
PROVINCE CAN DO BETTER IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
DEAR PARTY MEMBERS,
AS I CONCLUDE, I URGE ALL OF US TO PREPARE
OURSELVES ADEQUATELY TO GO BEYOND THE
FINISHING LINE AND CONTINUE TO RUN WITH
GREATER DETERMINATION IN OUR QUEST TO REALISE
A FULLY TRANSFORMED ZAMBIA WITHOUT LEAVING
ANYONE BEHIND.

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AS WE ENDEAVOUR TO DO THAT, WE FIRST NEED TO
FULFIL OUR DEMOCRATIC DUTY OF INTRA-PARTY
ELECTIONS FROM THE LOWEST ORGAN OF THE PARTY
TO THE HIGHEST – AN ENTRENCHED FEATURE THAT
SETS US APART FROM OUR COMPETITORS. LET US DO
GOOD AND NOT HARM.
OUR THRIVING INTRA-PARTY DEMOCRACY ENTAILS
THAT WE HAVE CONTINUED TO RENEW OUR MANDATE
WITH THE PEOPLE – THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP ON
WHOSE BEHALF WE LEAD.
WE ARE ALL AWARE THAT OUR PARTY IS SERIOUS
ABOUT RENEWING AND RE-ENERGISING ITS
STRUCTURES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, A FEAT WHICH
IS NON-NEGOTIABLE. AS WE APPROACH THE
GENERAL ELECTION, WE HAVE NO LUXURY OF TIME TO
ENTERTAIN DIVISIONS AND BITTER QUARRELS.
I, THEREFORE, APPEAL TO ALL OF US IN THE PARTY
AND, PARTICULARLY, PARTY MEMBERS IN LUAPULA
PROVINCE TO HOLD HANDS AND TAKE GIGANT STEPS
FOR A STRONGER AND MORE VIBRANT PARTY.
OUR VICTORY ON 12 TH AUGUST 2021 DEPENDS ON OUR
UNITY OF PURPOSE, DISCIPLINE, HARD WORK,
SACRIFICE AND LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER –
NATUTEMWANE!
TO THOSE WHO WILL BE ELECTED TO OFFICE DURING
THIS CONFERENCE, THERE IS NO HONEYMOON BUT
HARDWORK AWAITING YOU. WE WILL LOOK UP TO YOU
TO MULTIPLY THE SESA FORMULA TO EVERY TOWN IN
LUAPULA PROVINCE UNTIL THAT PATTERN IS
CONTAGIOUS IN ALL PATRIOTIC FRONT
STRONGHOLDS.

LET US GO DOOR TO DOOR. BRING BACK THOSE WHO
HAD LEFT THE PARTY, AND SHOW THEM LOVE. LET US
WHOLEHEARTEDLY EMBRACE NEW MEMBERS AND
ALLOW THEM TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF BELONGING
TO THE PATRIOTIC FRONT.
THAT IS DEMOCRACY, AND THAT IS THE HALLMARK OF
THE PATRIOTIC FRONT.
LONG LIVE THE PATRIOTIC FRONT!
GOD BLESS PATRIOTIC FRONT!
GOD BLESS ZAMBIA!

I THANK YOU.

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