There will be chaos in Zambia if ConCourt stops my 3rd term bid – Lungu

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President Edgar Lungu has given the clearest indication yet that he will not accept a court judgment that disqualifies him from running for a third term in 2021, warning Constitutional Court judges that there will be chaos in the country “if they try to imitate or emulate Kenyan judges.”

And the Head of State has claimed there are people from within and outside Africa who are pushing for regime change by creating confusion on the continent.

Some small political parties aligned to the ruling Patriotic Front have petitioned the Constitutional Court to determine President Lungu’s eligibility after he declared his intention to have another go at the country’s top job. This is despite the Constitution barring anyone who has held office for two terms from running again.

Speaking on arrival at the Solwezi Airport in North Western province this afternoon, the President restated his availability to contest the 2021 general elections if mandated by the ruling party.

“People are saying Zambian courts should emulate Kenyan courts and I want to be very sincere on this one, people are saying Zambian courts should be brave and make decisions which are in the interest of the people but look at what’s happening in Kenya now. I am saying the courts of law in Zambia should also see what’s happening, they should not behave like they are not part of our African continent,” President Lungu said. “The most important thing I can say now is, 2021, I am available to stand if my party chooses me. But to my friends in the court system, I say don’t plunge us into chaos by imitating or emulating Kenya or any other court system for that matter which does not care for the interests of the people.”

President Lungu claimed he was not intimidating the ConCourt judges but merely warning them, saying “to be forewarned is to be forearmed”.

“I am saying this in front of you people because there are cameras in front of me, there are some Zambians who are writing this story, recording, because I have heard some judges say ‘why don’t we emulate the Kenyan courts? They are very brave’ I don’t think that is right. We should preserve peace, we should listen to the voice of the people, and we should listen to the will of the people in the Constitution. Whether I am eligible to stand or not in 2021 should not be dependent on the case in Kenya,” he said.

“To my colleagues in the Judiciary, my message is just do your work, interpret the law without fear or favour and look at the best interest of this country. Don’t become a copycat and think that you are a hero if you plunge this country into chaos. I want to close by saying that those people who don’t like peace and freedom will say ‘President Lungu is intimidating the courts of law’, I am not intimidating the judiciary, I am just warning you because I have information that some of you want to be adventurous, your adventure should not plunge us into chaos please!

“In English there is a saying, to be forewarned is to be forearmed. We don’t want to plunge this country into chaos because we are trying to imitate what’s happening elsewhere. We are a beckon of peace and freedom; let us keep it that way. I was on the ballot paper as candidate and I assured that I would protect Zambia and that I will do.”

President Lungu wondered why he could not go for another term when there were some politicians who had lost five times but will still contest in 2021.

“Right now, there is a matter in court which is subjudice but they are saying I have already done two terms and I shouldn’t contest in 2021 but how many people have done five terms in their political parties and still continue?

“If people who have been standing for elections from 2001 can continue up to now, but me they are saying I cannot stand again because I have done two terms, now we ask ourselves, let us be fair to each other,” President Lungu said.

And President Lungu says he will not allow regime change in Zambia, which he claims is being instigated by foreigners.

“I am saying this because the backdrop of what I said the other day in Lusaka, I said there are people outside Africa and others within Africa who want to bring confusion in Africa, they started with South Africa, Zambia and Kenya, I said it, I said look out, and I think the vice-president of Kenya was present when I spoke. There are people who just want regime change because they want to take over from us as managers…that I will not allow,” he said.


18 Responses to There will be chaos in Zambia if ConCourt stops my 3rd term bid – Lungu

  1. We shall deal with any dictator through a guerrilla warfare if no military coup would take place.We are all ready to fight for the sake of our future generation.

    Sammy Kaonga
    November 2, 2017 at 9:29 pm

  2. No one is above the law, that is why the opposition is say there is a break down of rule of law in Zambia how can this guy intimidate the courts to do their duties? This man thinks a president is above the law, when he was supposed to secede power to the speaker during the partition he held own now he is using threates does it mean if he is not irrigable to stand the court must just just say the opposed for fear of chaos, who is he?

    Life Experience
    November 2, 2017 at 9:52 pm

  3. This rubbish only happens in zambia, where men put their tails between there legs for fear of another man because he is President, Zuma paid back the money in RSA there was no chaos, they held an impeachment vote successfully there was no chaos beacase RSA is a democracy, if Mr. Lungu wants a dictatorship he must go to Zaire.

    Life Experience
    November 2, 2017 at 10:04 pm

  4. Zambia should not allow a dictator to be in power where Laws are broken to benefit his greedy desires. The pretence of humble, prayerful and law abidding has eroded away leaving a scum of a fire vomiting dragon threatening to kill the entire zambia if his demands are not met. This man is dangerous mark my words. Something has to be done before hell breaks loose!!

    shema israel
    November 2, 2017 at 11:35 pm

  5. True only in Zambia does such things happen. Men where are you? We are to fight for our liberation once again. This man is taking us for granted, how can he openly threaten our judges? So it means all this time, they have been working under such conditions? Let the real men stand and be counted. This is your test. Show the world that you are men, do the right thing. We are praying for you. Fear no one but God. Save the people of God, no one should threaten you, your creator is on your defense.

    Goliath Mulambo
    November 2, 2017 at 11:45 pm

  6. God will act very soon.


    Teddy Mwaanda
    November 3, 2017 at 6:04 am

  7. Zambians you don’t need to complain because you used wako ni wako when voting anyway me i expected this shit.

    The Game
    November 3, 2017 at 6:35 am

  8. Only God knows that future

    Abena kafue
    November 3, 2017 at 6:53 am

  9. Just leave ba presido you time is up. No need of debating a third term bid. Kapwa ka time bane peniko abenenu. This is not your Zambia boss just leave there will be no chaos we are a peace loving people. Chaos will start when you seriously start you third term bid. Judges please don`t be intimidated take this buddy home to go and rest. Bushe kanshi tafilakwana efyo mugetele koma fye mupwishishe awe bane balashako nabanenu be sangako ka something eeeh.

    November 3, 2017 at 7:18 am

  10. Nothing.. forget if he stole he cannot continue stealing. We are going to deal with him for the break in rule of law.

    November 3, 2017 at 7:45 am

  11. He is afraid of his own decisions. Just go peacefully.

    November 3, 2017 at 8:25 am

  12. CHOPETI. Nabanani? Chalo chakwanoko mudala? Kwati teba lawyer. I wonder why we have a constitution to be raped by a lawyer. Ati we have poor reading culture.Bapashile shani bamudala aba kanshi?

    November 3, 2017 at 9:33 am

    • Uyu ena twafumapofye angalunshi pamafi.

      November 3, 2017 at 10:39 am

  13. EDGAR must rest and PF pick a credible candidate kaili HH can not win.

    November 3, 2017 at 11:09 am

  14. What a shame. PF should be ashmed of itself. Power has gone into his head. Who is lungu? The country has existed before and we did not know about Lungu until Sata died. Please give us a break. Even what he has achieved, nothing to be proud of.

    November 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

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  16. If it is third term then just forget or is it ten years in power some one has to interpret the law correctly.
    I don’t think you have been in power long enough,(10)years !

    November 3, 2017 at 3:49 pm

  17. I can still remember that day when the president edgar lungu was signing the constitution of zambia i remember seeing him dancing as he was smiling signing away paper after paper.I can conclude that they did not read the constitution properly cause if they did they wouldnt have been so joyous knowing that what gives comes to take back,they should ask RB he still remembers to this day so ba presido respect the law please.

    November 4, 2017 at 10:27 am

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