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Edgar Lungu Announces Return to Active Politics in Defense of Democracy

Zambia’s former President, Dr. Edgar C. Lungu, delivered a powerful speech today at the 9th memorial anniversary of the late Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, Zambia’s fifth President, held at the Cathedral of Child Jesus in Lusaka.

In his speech, Dr. Lungu paid tribute to the late President Sata, remembering him as a determined freedom fighter, a pragmatic leader, a democrat, and a mentor to many. 

He highlighted President Sata’s unique ability to forgive and work with former adversaries, emphasizing the need to embrace such lessons to defend and protect Zambia’s democracy.

Lungu also praised President Sata’s legacy, especially in infrastructure development, and indicated that he had followed in President Sata’s vision when he succeeded him as president.

However, the former president expressed concerns about recent events within the Patriotic Front (PF) party, indicating that certain members and leaders had attempted to undermine the party’s leadership. He accused some government officials of attempting to subvert democracy for their own political interests.

In response to these concerns, Dr. Lungu made a significant announcement. He declared his return to active politics and his intention to continue as the President of the PF, a position he was elected to in 2021 with a mandate up to 2026. 

Dr. Lungu invited all opposition parties to join forces with the PF in the fight to protect democracy and the rule of law.

Dr. Lungu’s speech concluded with a passionate call for unity among all opposition parties, emphasizing that his actions were not motivated by personal ambition but by the defense of democracy. 

He expressed his readiness to fight for democracy and the will of the Zambian people, pledging to support any opposition leader who could best represent the aspirations of the nation.

The former president’s speech resonated with a strong commitment to defending democracy and preventing any stifling of the will of the Zambian people. Dr. Lungu invited prominent opposition figures, including Fred M’Membe, Harry Kalaba, Wynter Kabimba, and others, to join the cause and protect democracy in Zambia.

Dr. Lungu’s announcement marks a significant development in Zambia’s political landscape, with the former president vowing to protect the PF and fight against any attempts to undermine the country’s democratic foundations. 

The political future of Zambia now appears more dynamic and uncertain as various factions within the political spectrum respond to this bold move.

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