I will rule with­out fear - Lungu

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I WILL con­tinue to lead the coun­try with­out fear in or­der to re­main on the right track, Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu has de­clared. The Head of State said in Ndola yes­ter­day that fear came from the devil and pre­vented progress in any area of life. Pres­i­dent Lungu said this at a Church ser­vice at the Heal­ing Taber­na­cle Pen­te­costal Church in Chi­fubu Town­ship where he joined hun­dreds of con­gre­gants af­ter ar­riv­ing from Lusaka. “It is im­pos­si­ble to do what you be­lieve in and what you feel is right with­out fear. That is why I will con­tinue lead­ing this coun­try with a fear­less heart,” he said. He thanked the preacher for the ser­mon on get­ting rid of fear, stat­ing that it had en­cour­aged him greatly. Ear­lier dur­ing the ser­mon, Heal­ing Taber­na­cle Pre­sid­ing Bishop Robert Nonde said he was happy that Zam­bia had leaders who hon­oured God. Bishop Nonde com­mended the Pres­i­dent for al­ways put­ting God first in his lead­er­ship and urged him to con­tinue on the right path. He en­cour­aged the Pres­i­dent to lead the na­tion fear­lessly re­gard­less of what peo­ple said about him and that ev­ery leader went through a num­ber of chal­lenges. The Bishop said fear was a bar­rier to progress, hence the im­per­a­tive need to over­come it through prayer and har­vest­ing the Word of God. Leaders and many other peo­ple, he said, needed to be coura­geous be­cause chal­lenges would al­ways be there but Chris­tians should have faith in the liv­ing God. Ear­lier on ar­rival at Si­mon Mwansa Kap­wepwe Air­port, Pres­i­dent Lungu said all Pa­tri­otic Front (PF) MPs would be re­quired to present midterm re­ports to show whether they have per­formed well for them to be given an­other chance in 2021. He re­it­er­ated that his party would not adopt un­der­per­form­ing MPs in 2021 and that he was only pre­pared to work with law­mak­ers who had the in­ter­est of the peo­ple at heart. The Pres­i­dent re­vealed that he would soon hold meet­ings with the law­mak­ers to check on what projects they had ini­ti­ated since they were voted into power. “I want to urge all MPs es­pe­cially on the Cop­per­belt to fo­cus on their work be­cause they will all be as­sessed for them to be adopted in 2021,” he said. The Pres­i­dent fur­ther said he would ig­nore those who were con­coct­ing lies and ma­li­ciously crit­i­cis­ing his Govern­ment. And PF Cop­per­belt chair­man Steven Kainga as­sured Pres­i­dent Lungu that the party was sta­ble in the prov­ince. Mr Kainga said that peo­ple were will­ing to work with the Govern­ment to fa­cil­i­tate na­tional de­vel­op­ment. And Pres­i­dent Lungu says some char­ac­ters within the Pa­tri­otic Front PF at­tempt­ing to ma­nip­u­late the party’s elec­tion democ­racy by po­si­tion­ing them­selves for adop­tion in 2021 are wast­ing their time. Pres­i­dent Lungu said he had in­for­ma­tion that there are some peo­ple that are plot­ting to re­verse the party’s democ­racy in the on­go­ing in­tra­party elec­tions which has led to squab­bles and prob­lems among some mem­bers. Pres­i­dent Lungu how­ever, says the scheme by such char­ac­ters who are po­si­tion­ing them­selves for adop­tion in 2021 by ma­nip­u­lat­ing the elec­toral process in PF by buy­ing peo­ple to sup­port them will not work. He says mem­bers of par­lia­ment on the Cop­per­belt should there­fore, fo­cus on their works which will be as­sessed at an ap­pro­pri­ate time but warns that those that are un­der­per­form­ing will be given yel­low cards and the de­serv­ing would be adopted in 2021. The Head of State was speak­ing this Si­mon Mwansa Kap­wepwe In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Ndola when ad­dress­ing party sup­port­ers where he has trav­elled for a two day work­ing visit.

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