Petersen has taken off his artistic hat to take the front seat in politics and will be hoping his candidature resonates with the youth who enjoy his musical genius.
He is contesting on the People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) ticket.
Below is Petersen’s emotional note:
I MEAN NO HARM TO NO MAN, BUT COUNCIL PROGRESS, ENRICHMENT AND FINANCIAL STABILITY.
Fellow Country Men and Women in the Ruling Party and all Opposition Parties, Followers and Supporters, l greet you all without any reservations.
My Request for your encouragement, support and Vote during this 26th July Mayoral elections is out of the desire and conviction that it’s our time to help offer long lasting and strategic solutions to any aspect of this nation that needs youthful, productive and fresh political input.
I choose not to wear military boots, muscle t-shirts, barrets, or to sit on a window of a moving car and be unruly towards my fellow citizens.
I choose not to insult nor disrespect those with different views from those of mine, old or young.
I choose not to dedicate my contribution to Zambia through a brown envelope and kick backs from humans that have legs, hands, eyes, ears and brains just like l do.
I choose not to be used and to sale my reasoning only to benefit my belly, nor do l desire to fatten my bank account while I watch our nation be taken to its knees by people that prioritise political party strengthening over Government responsibilities and national development.
It is for these reasons that l ask all well meaning Lusaka Residents to Vote for me as Mayor for this greater city of Lusaka so that we avoid and stop the creation of a now vividly visible ONE PARTY STATE ideology and agenda at play.
When we learn to put non-ruling party candidates in these other major seats, we save our selves from suffering victimisation due to our political affiliation. We can’t all belong to one political party. Zambia is a democratic state; hence we all need to benefit without segregation.
It is high time a person just needs to be Zambian for them to acquire a stand or shop in council-run markets. The Zambian constitution doesn’t demand for one to belong to the ruling party for them to stand as a market or bus station chairperson. This suppression ideology belongs to the days of apartheid not a modern democratic African nation.
Debate and diverse views in the council chamber will benefit many. One political party situation weakens the council more especially its financial aspect because less than 20 political party affiliated individuals called Commanders end up enjoying millions of kwachas that are supposed to finance the water and sanitation, waste management and trading places or market construction, and hinders all the operations of the Lusaka City Council.
We shall create a council that benefits all citizens not all ruling party supporters. We are all Zambians.
I want to help the President to create for himself a good legacy for the benefit of all Lusaka Residents.