Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

The Zambian leader said he will not risk plunging the country into chaos by clinging on to power if he lost the election, adding that he was not willing to remain at the helm of the country at the expense of people’s lives.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu
“I am not willing to use any spot of blood to remain at State House,” Lungu said during a thanksgiving church service held at State House, according to the Times of Zambia.

Lungu said as a God-fearing person, he does not want to land the country into chaos by trying to stick in office even after losing, adding that he had great respect for Kenneth Kaunda, the country’s first president who peacefully handed over power after losing an election in 1991.

The Zambian leader has since called on political leaders to embark on peaceful campaigns ahead of the general elections next year.

“Let’s avoid name-calling that this one is short or tall. Let’s avoid machetes. Let’s not spill blood in the country,” he said.

Some African nations have been plunged into chaos after leaders refused to relinquish power after losing or attempting to change the constitution to extend their stay in office. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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