PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has called on Zambians to trust God even as the nation goes to the polls and not to let anything divide them.
Speaking during his renewal of the bible society of Zambia membership, the President said God’s word must be the anchor throughout the past, present and future life of the nation.
“Therefore, it is important that, as a nation, we trust god at all times because he will always be there for us.This is even more true that Zambia will be holding elections on 12th August, 2021. God’s word must be the anchor of the nation throughout our past, present and future life of our great nation,” he said.
The President Lungu who is also patron and president of the society said he has no doubt that Zambians will honour the values especially to respect the dignity of one another.
“God’s word calls us to love God and to love one another, as fundamental values of the christian faith. As President i wish to reiterate these important words of the bible.That is why God’s word is true and relevant for every season, whether it is during times of COVID or times of elections, we are called to care and love for another as God’s children,” he said.
The President further urged Zambians to make God the centre of their lives and nation at large.
“I love the bible because it tells us in Galatians 3:28 that “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus,” he added.
President Lungu commended the society for the distribution of close to 70,000 bibles to the vulnerable communities among them seven thousand orphans.
“God’s word is about remembering the poor and those who do not have the means to afford a bible. Therefore, every support that, we as a nation, give to support the work of the bible society goes to ensure that more orphans and vulnerable communities are reached,” President Lungu added.
He further called for peace among citizens.
“My prayer, as President and patron of the bible society of Zambia, is for peace to be with all Zambians and our nation,” he said.
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Police arrest man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to PF
POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a 23 year old man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to the Patriotic Front Mandevu aspiring Member of Parliament.
In a media statement issued, Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said Joseph Sakala of angels area, Kabanana compound has been detained in police custody awaiting court appearance.
“This is reported to have occured on 11th June, 2021 at 16 30 hours in Chazanga Compound at Angel’s Clinic,” Mrs Katongo said.
She further reminded all political party sympathizers to avoid destroying other political party campaign materials as the act is criminal.
ConCourt throws out petition challenging the nomination of running mates
THE Constitutional Court has thrown out a petition which was challenging the nominations of running mates for lack of merit.
The court said the running mates are not supposed to pay nomination fees and also provide 100 supporters because they are merely invited by the party presidents.
Researcher and lecturer at UNZA Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa and Lusaka lawyer Alfred
Kanda petitioned 16 running mates to the Presidential candidates for political parties, seeking the nullification of their nominations because they do not meet the conditions set by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) when filing in nomination
Those challenged are President Edgar Lungu’s running mate Professor Nkandu Luo, UPND’s Mutale Nalumango and running mates for all political parties taking part in this year’s elections.
President Edgar Lungu is eligible to stand as President in the August Elections, ConCourt declares
THE Constitutional Court has declared that President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the August 12 General Elections.
This is the third time the Constitutional Court is ruling that President Lungu is eligible to stand as President.
Delivering the abridged majority judgment, judge Anne Sitali declared that President Lungu was entitled to contest the elections as he has not twice held office.
She said Article 106 does not bar President Lungu from participating in the election this year.
“The first respondent’s nomination is valid and he is entitled to stand for election on August 12, 2021.
The petitions have no merit and each party to bear own costs,” judge Sitali said.
However, one of the Constitutional Court judges, Professor Margaret Munalula, indicated that she had a dissenting judgment which she will deliver on June 30.
Legal Resources Foundation (LRF), Chapter One Foundation and University of Zambia (UNZA) researcher and lecturer Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa, through their lawyers John Sangwa and Linda Kasonde, argued that President Lungu already held office as President twice and that he was therefore, not eligible to stand in the forthcoming elections.
President Lungu was represented by Bonaventure Mutale, Eric Silwamba, Joseph Jalasi, Sakwiba Sikota and Lubinda Linyama while Attorney General Likando Kalaluka appeared for the State.