Thousands Throng Heroes Stadium For Edgar Lungu Swearing…Mugabe Steals Show
President Edgar Lungu finally took the oath of office at the packed Heroes Stadium at exactly 11:00 hours to begin his final five year term.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe stole the limelight as he paid tribute to founding President Dr Kenneth Kaunda lauding his for his liberation role of the continent.
The inauguration comes almost 30 days after he was declared winner by Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairperson Justice Esau Chulu on August 15.
President Lungu announced that he will constitute a commission of inquiry over the post election violence that characterized some parts of the country.
He was joined among other dignitaries Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Botswana’s Ian Khama, former Presidents Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Rupiah Banda.
“I will be appointing an inquiry to find out the cause of the post election violence in some parts of the country. The perpetrators will be brought to book as lessons have to be learnt,” he said.
He also had a note to those lining up for jobs after having helped him win the elections that he will not be held hostage.
“No group or individuals shall hold me hostage for their selfish gains. To those that voted for me or did not vote for me I will not disappoint you,” he said.
He said the election season was over and that there would be no winners or losers.
“To the people of Dundumwezi I will still keep my promise to come through and shake hands with the 252 people that voted for me,” he said.
“There is no time to settle scores; we have got work to do. Let us rise above the things that divided us during the elections,” President Lungu said.
He promised to lead an agricultural revolution that will mandate senior government officials to till some land as part of their contribution to the undertaking.
“All government officers, from the position of Director should engage in at least one agricultural undertaking by having even a small enterprise. I promise to lead from the front for State House Staff,” he said.
And Mugabe who extolled Dr Kaunda also urged the Zambian people to remain united under the One Zambia One Nation motto.
He said that Zambia had demonstrated their faithfulness to democracy through routine elections.