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Pres. Lungu Declares, “2021 Am On The Ballot”

pres-lungu-returnsPresident Edgar Lungu gave a monumental statement on landing on the Copperbelt by declaring that he will contest the 2021 elections as the constitution allows him to do so.

The Head of State who is on the Copperbelt on a working visit also warned members that were thinking that they were bigger than the party to leave.

Speaking on arrival in Kalulushi President Lungu said he had read the constitution and came to the conclusion that he was eligible for another term after 2021.

This may set the stage for debate given the various interpretations that the amended constitution brings about.
“I am eligible if you want go to Constitution Court they will tell you I am eligible to stand in 2021 and God willing and if people allow I will stand,” declared President Lungu.

The Head of State who won his second term after having completed the late President Michael Sata’s term through a by-election may have ruled for a little over six years once his current term expires in 2021.

He has challenged those thinking otherwise to seek the interpretation of the constitution at the Constitutional Court.

President may have subtly addressed the Chishimba Kambwili conundrum that is eating at the PF soul currently with the Roan Member of Parliament declaring war on former MMD members that have been accommodated in the PF.

“I know there people on the Copperbelt who think they own the party because they were the first consecrates or recruits of the party it does not happen like that. I want to make this very clear that even in the scripture in the bible we learn had 12 disciples but how many are we today if not for recruitment and growth. We welcome new members,” he said.

“I want to sound this very clearly, this man Bowman Lusambo came from MMD….But it does not matter what matters is what value are you bringing to the party. If it was not for partnering with MMD we would have not gotten the 50 +1 to win elections.”

He added: ““Umunwe umo tausala nda iyo (One finger cannot pick lice) Let us value the people who matter, people will determine who will take over me not an individual saying no nebo fyabufi……. So if anyone thinks he his bigger his, better alebepafye, only when people say you are bigger and better….. I know what is going on and I am in charge”.

The Head of State also extended an olive branch to Independent Members of Parliament that had crossed paths with the party that he had made peace with them and would work with them.
President Lungu proceeded to inspect maize fields that have been invaded by army worms as part of his work visit on the Copperbelt.

50 Comments

  1. concerned

    Ecl you don’t even deserve to be a president you are such an evil man you think people are pleased and you are saying you wil contest 2021 Presidential election man forget it you will never be there God forbide you son of evil thoughts what a shame you think wealth can save you .

    • Peace for Zambia

      Election qualification

      I have no doubt that some of you have not even read or seen the constitution.

      You imagine things and the you speak them out, building your cases on such futile imaginations.

      Let me help you with articles that deal with this subject. Check below:

      (5) When a vacancy occurs in the office of President, except
      under Article 81—
      (a) the Vice-President shall immediately assume the office
      of President; or
      (b) if the Vice-President is unable for a reason to assume the
      office of President, the Speaker shall perform the
      executive functions, except the power to—
      (i) make an appointment; or
      (ii) dissolve the National Assembly;
      and a presidential election shall be held within sixty days
      after the occurrence of the vacancy.

      (6) If the Vice-President assumes the office of President, in
      accordance with clause (5)(a), or a person is elected to the office
      of President as a result of an election held in accordance with
      clause 5(b), the Vice-President or the President-elect shall serve
      for the unexpired term of office and be deemed, for the purposes
      of clause (3)—
      (a) to have served a full term as President if, at the date on
      which the President assumed office, at least three years
      remain before the date of the next general election; or
      (b) not to have served a term of office as President if, at the
      date on which the President assumed office, less than
      three years remain before the date of the next general
      election.

      Take note:

      cause 5(b), the Vice-President or the President-elect shall serve
      for the unexpired term of office and be deemed, for the purposes of clause (3)—

      (a) to have served a full term as President if, at the date on
      which the President assumed office, at least three years
      remain before the date of the next general election; or

      (b) not to have served a term of office as President if, at the
      date on which the President assumed office, less than
      three years remain before the date of the next general
      election.

      Now, what does clause (3) say?

      3) A person who has twice held office as President is not
      eligible for election as President.

      The reason why 5(b) is there is to determine whether a term of office was attained in order to ether qualify of disqualify (in clause 3) a person who has served part-term.

      Take note that it says for the purpose of clause (3).

      Thus if a person has served one full term and one part- term, if that part-term is 3 years or more then he has held office twice, else only the full term is counted.

      In this case Lungu has held one part-term, and now, this one which will be full term by 2021. The part-term was less than 3 years (actually less than two years).

      Therefore, for the purpose of clause (3), Lungu did not hold office. It was zero. Thus he is just beginning to serve a term now, and FOR PURPOSE OF CLAUSE (3), he has never held Office of President, but just starting to hold office of President now.

    • Peace for Zambia

      Election qualification

      I have no doubt that some of you have not even read or seen the constitution.

      You imagine things and the you speak them out, building your cases on such futile imaginations.

      Let me help you with articles that deal with this subject. Check below:

      (5) When a vacancy occurs in the office of President, except
      under Article 81—
      (a) the Vice-President shall immediately assume the office
      of President; or
      (b) if the Vice-President is unable for a reason to assume the
      office of President, the Speaker shall perform the
      executive functions, except the power to—
      (i) make an appointment; or
      (ii) dissolve the National Assembly;
      and a presidential election shall be held within sixty days
      after the occurrence of the vacancy.

      (6) If the Vice-President assumes the office of President, in
      accordance with clause (5)(a), or a person is elected to the office
      of President as a result of an election held in accordance with
      clause 5(b), the Vice-President or the President-elect shall serve
      for the unexpired term of office and be deemed, for the purposes
      of clause (3)—
      (a) to have served a full term as President if, at the date on
      which the President assumed office, at least three years
      remain before the date of the next general election; or
      (b) not to have served a term of office as President if, at the
      date on which the President assumed office, less than
      three years remain before the date of the next general
      election.
      Take note:

      cause 5(b), the Vice-President or the President-elect shall serve
      for the unexpired term of office and be deemed, for the purposes of clause (3)—

      (a) to have served a full term as President if, at the date on
      which the President assumed office, at least three years
      remain before the date of the next general election; or

      (b) not to have served a term of office as President if, at the
      date on which the President assumed office, less than
      three years remain before the date of the next general
      election.

      Now, what does clause (3) say?

      3) A person who has twice held office as President is not
      eligible for election as President.

      The reason why 5(b) is there is to determine whether a term of office was attained in order to ether qualify of disqualify (in clause 3) a person who has served part-term.

      Take note that it says for the purpose of clause (3).

      Thus if a person has served one full term and one part- term, if that part-term is 3 years or more then he has held office twice, else only the full term is counted.

      In this case Lungu has held one part-term, and now, this one which will be full term by 2021. The part-term was less than 3 years (actually less than two years).

      Therefore, for the purpose of clause (3), Lungu did not hold office. It was zero. Thus he is just beginning to serve a term now, and FOR PURPOSE OF CLAUSE (3), he has never held Office of President, but just starting to hold office of President now.

      • Native

        And these clauses in the new constitution took effect when? After ECL had already served one term in accordance with the old constitution, right? Meaning that he is only entitled to one full term under the new constitution, not so? He can only be eligible to another term if the new constitution is “retrospectively effective” from january 2015 which it IS NOT. Can some more rational legal minds please brainstorm on this and put the matter to rest. We cannot continue with situations where the national constitution is “raped” to suit the self preservation of sitting presidents. There is a legal precedence set by the bible. All christians are required to conform to the ten commandments, the ten commandments are never amended to suit our “individual lusts”. The reason our zambian constitution is continually subjected to “amendments” is because of the individutal GREED of “leaders” for their self preservation. KK always did it to keep the Kapwepwes, Nkumbulas and others out especially just prior to the mulungushi rock “conventions” and “elections” that entrenched one party, one leader “wamuyayaya” syndrome. So no bwana, no more army worm incompetence please. What are you afraid of in living a “private” life?

      • Legendary Northern Kicks

        Whether eligible for 2021 or not, the president will be determined by the peoples votes, so stop the whole nonsense and get down to work, why so kanshi, eh.

  2. KING LUNGU

    Comment yes we support him edgr lungu dont go go go go

  3. Topcat

    Even Sata thought he will be on 2016. ballot. Tomorrow is not guaranteed to any one

  4. Native

    African leaders all seem preoccupied with self preservation rather than service to their countries’ people. There are enough examples of leaders that have lost elections but refuse to concede and vacate their offices like the latest example of Yayah Jammeh in gambia. We have the likes of Kabila in congo whose mandate and term has expired yet he holds on to the detriment of that country. Their godfather Robert Gabriel Mugabe seems to have set the tone and is once again setting himself up to stand in zimbabwe’s next election. Here we have now, a new (mis)interpretation of the zambian constitution by ECL (as the case may be) who ironically misinterpreted the ministers’ stay in office beyond the life of parliament last may. Jacob Zuma has his issues too in South Africa. This tends to remind me of years past when african leaderships were only changed via coups (or by the bullet as famously said by late Elias Chipimo Sr.). Now this zambian one is no comical or amusing declaration considering ECL’s competencies (or the lack of them). Imagine FISP, UNZA problems, poor pension administration etc under him again? This is one “nightmare” zambians have to avoid to have before they even go to sleep. These chaps never learn because no dictator’s ending has been pleasant. Idi Amin, Gadaffi, Saddam Hussein, Adolf Hitler and others all ended very badly, jeopardising even their families’ generations after their downfalls. I’m surprised ECL does not take heed of history even when the subject is a major component in the study of legal training.

  5. singongi tapi

    I hope ck nàumfwa pantu bakwebelapo boi,you ck u were busy making tuma press conferences to insult your friends in opposition, go &giv them now we c,that’s your (ck)end bwana

  6. ujama

    ck ,wapya baisa uko boi BA mwine

    • Bwesheniko

      Comment Selako munshila abamikonso iikulu bapite .

      • Amapaka

        Dont Say Bad Things Abt De President Even De Bible Says Dat U Shud Respect Dem

  7. Beleshi Victor

    Kulatambakofye taata fyencushi

  8. bk

    ka lungu dont that u are God while u are an army whem and any one supporting that statement of standing in 2021 is also a dog

  9. Clement scot

    We zambians know how to take charge when we need real change, take heart you will see if God is willing Amen.

  10. Lomba Gwirani Nchito

    The only way ECL can silence people like Kambwili, HH and GBM is to work very hard during this period he is in power before the next elections. He needs to clean up his team and have people who have the papers and who can deliver. He needs a committed group of workers to take the government to 2021. Surely Kambwili cannot be the only culprit? The earlier he cleans up his team the better it will be for him. he cannot fire people in 2020. The time to clean up is now. Let people go to work after he cleans up. Olindila chinji?

  11. Bayoka

    Comment African leaders do you want to bring influence ,that is why they are so many political parts in Zambia is for this reason . Now mwilaitemwa bana kuntanshi cikaleta ubwafye sana nakulaloleshafye .

  12. Bayoka

    Comment naumfwa lekeni ukuitemwa

  13. FuManchu

    Zambians please do not embroil yourselves in something that is still years ahead! Let the PF fight battles within its ranks while the rest must hold them accountable on governance as this governments’ basis to be either retained or booted out will be determined by achievements they make by the said 2021! Lets worry about the promises Lungu made to better our lives and him delivering on them! His own party will sort him out on extending his greed to stay on in power!

    • Native

      Unfortunately, FuManChu, PF is the party in govt and were it to burn zambia may burn with it too.

  14. muzozo

    Wen Jesus says yes no bod can say no

  15. zone

    presido just do the work, 2021 it’s very far wafilwa job or that position it’s very sweet.

  16. sydeezy

    You know politics are sophisticated, these politician are two much into law, too much that they can even change it .

  17. Francis

    Is this Lungu again,can we real forget what he has done to encourage corruption in the country.When you go in court of

  18. Chitamawe

    The terms, “God willing & wen pipo allow”, implies, it wl not b by force by his ownpowers or by might

  19. G BM

    EDGAR for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. KBS

    ECL has said he is eligible to stand in 2021. The current constitution will be amended before 2021. Why should one go to the concourt today to stop ECL from taking part in 2021 elections?

  21. Man Mode

    Lungu U R As Foolish And Selfish As Yo Supporters. Army Worms And Poverty Are Up And U R Busy Talking About Ifyabupuba. U Whr Chosen By Dogs And Lucifer Not Jehova

  22. prophet

    ECL pray add muntu wanga about wisdom God is choosing you pray add

  23. prophet

    Continue praying I saw u , under pressure give yo life to God

  24. efford ngobola

    Am in support of this infact am behind lungu

  25. Moses

    Zambia is poor ,poor people ,selfish leaders voted by the hands of the same poor idiots .

  26. pexy

    nakwe nakwe luuuuuuuuunguuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. jay Khaliwizy

    Let him go to hell we don’t need him tell him that Zambians hate

  28. Tenji

    In light of Pres. Lungu’s statement and the comments I’ve seen here , I’ll offer my 2 ngwee opinion.
    First I think as Africans , one of the ways we will move forward is by having initiatives and ideas that are tailor-made for our African situations. I don’t believe in limits to how many terms a person can serve ,regardless to how good or bad he / she is . Since its a democracy , let the people decide , first by the party , then by the country .
    I have always had faith in the Zambian people to decide their fate as was demonstrated by the removal of Dr. KK and the MMD governments.
    In conclusion , democracy is about rights of an individual , as well as the rule of the majority . Let the pf , then the country decide if the current President should be given another chance to rule or not.

  29. prophet

    President ecl to be a leader is not isay open your eyes leadership is come from God so u have to pray add and invite people who mothan u to help u God showed me danger things God loves you, just seek his face

  30. HH.

    Edgar
    lungu nizi again go go go go go go until 2026.

  31. mutati

    Fight had cause what you are saying is not what you do fight had my boy n you will c.

  32. Iverse~kid

    am

  33. Rich clown

    Look at you, no pleasure in creative thinking, because
    you don’t think creatively anymore. The real joy of
    being a human being is to be able to use your mind in
    the manner that the Almighty God has designed the
    human mind to do

  34. madiba

    My rational option is that ECL must concentrate on creating sonta for 2021. Nothing apart from sonta will redeem PF and ECL. Deal with priority issues. Please note that we all have limited energies. The more we split hairs the less effective we achieve. Nothing should worry ECL apart from developing ‘sontapo’.

  35. Amapaka

    Respect Ur Leaders

    • Native

      Respect is earned NOT dictated. Lawlessness is NOT leadership. These “leaders” from the position of President downwards all hold the bible and take an oath to uphold the constitution. African leaders are Commanders in Chief of their respective armies and security agencies who periodically send “peacekeeping forces” into each others territories under the auspices of the UN and AU yet fail to uphold their own countries laws which they swear to protect. The irony of ECL’s law obedience is the fact that under him zambian security forces have been sent to restore peace, law and order in other conflict countries yet he has set his own security forces against his very own people (that employ him and pay his salary including the wages of the security personnel) for simply holding him to account. He can stand on any podium to launder his image but the blood of victims like Mapenzi Chibulo and Glazer Matapa will still remain on his hands and conscience (if he has any). There have even been shootings of his own PF party members on the copperbelt recently.

  36. Ka faza

    Ki ki ki ka u-5 doomed. U-5 will never rule Zambia. He he would face ka Kambwili on of ticket in 2021

  37. Ka faza***

    Ki ki ki ka u-5 doomed. U-5 will never rule Zambia. He he would face ka Kambwili on of ticket in 2021

  38. ileobwalya

    LUNGU’S PLANS TO RULE ZAMBIA TILL 2025 SICKENING

    The dirty water and kachasu in Edgar Lungu’s head needs to be drained before he causes chaos in this country.
    Here is the most incompetent MF in the entire region, but instead of resigning on grounds of incompetence, the army worm says he wants to continue ruling beyond 2021.
    Whether the stupid constitution he signed allows him to seek ‘re-election’ or not is not important. This is a moral question. The proper question should be, does Lungu, incompetent and corrupt as he is, deserve to rule Zambia beyond tomorrow?
    The question of Lungu seeking office in 2021 should not even be on the public agenda. It should be in the dustbin.
    The moment you start debating whether Lungu should be eligible to contest elections again, you have not just legitimised a stupid debate; you have lost the game. Lungu knows this very well. Do you think it was for nothing that he is telling you to go to the constitutional court if you don’t agree with his plans to extend his incompetence to 2025?
    Lungu, like that Gambian piece of rubbish Yahya Jammeh knows very well that as long as the process is controlled by Zambian institutions, he will impose his will. Just look at the zombies that make up the constitutional court to which Lungu is telling us to go. Can those lazy, unqualified, corrupt PF judges ever say anything against their Edgar Lungu? Which normal Zambian would waste thier time to present their case before the Zambian Constitutional Court? Everyone knows the disgraceful manner in which the constitutional court endorsed the rigging of elections last year. They will do the same tomorrow and in 2021 as long as it serves their pockets. Lungu, who gave them those jobs is happy and has confidence in them. You see, Zambians can say whatever they want, argue and fight with each other but it is only the disgraced constitutional court ‘judges’ who can rule on Lungu’s eligibility to seek to rule Zambia until 2025. And as long as Zambian continue seeing each other through tribal lenses and fail to come together and fight for good governance and economic development, pests like Lungu will continue ruining the country. People like Lungu depend on a divided nation to rule. Lungu is not even fit to hold public office; not even as secretary to the first lady. Lungu is incompetent. But when a country is divided, it is such elements that benefit by default.

    Why would Lungu want to continue being in power up to 2025 apart from the fact that he wants to continue enjoying the good but artificial in life in state house? Even if Lungu genuinely wanted to serve Zambians, he can’t because he has no capacity. The position of president is too big for a beer man like Lungu. Of course any demagogue can be called president and actually occupy the office of president. But it takes a competent, goal-oriented person to be a good president and spur development for the nation. A foolish, corrupt drunkard can remain in state house using force and bribery but there will be no development for the country. When Lungu looks at his expensive suits and struts like a peacock at the airport, he thinks that is development enough to justify his prolonged stay in power. No Sir, the country is perishing under your watch.

    But we know that Lungu is afraid to leave power because he knows that he has committed so many crimes that would see him rot in jail. In his warped thinking, Lungu believes that by staying on in power, he will continue covering up his corrupt activities. We can assure Lungu and his associates that time for reckoning will come. It might delay and even appear remote or impossible, but it will come. It always does.

  39. Kelvin

    Go ECL the sky is the limit

  40. Cheelo Hansende

    In Zambia we do not hav wizards. This is your job wake up and do your job.hw can someone boast as if he is the owner of God’s plan and nature 2021 am on ballot.you dont even know weather you wil see 2021.any it will be an added advantage to the opposition coz you will share votes with kambwili in your strong holds.

  41. say g

    ecl for life sela tubombeko

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