PRESIDENT LUNGU RECEIVES CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES

Former United States of America (US) President Jimmy Carter has congratulated His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu President of the Republic of Zambia on his victory in the August 11 general election.
President Carter telephoned President Lungu at 23:00 hours on Monday night to wish him well and urged him to do his very best to unite the country.
Mr Carter urged President Lungu to ensure peace and stability to prevail and allow the due process of the law.
The former US President emphasised that the most important thing was for Zambia to keep the peace and stability for which Zambia was well-renowned for. Zambia is a beacon of peace and democracy in the region and Africa in general.
President Lungu has assured Mr Carter that he will do his utmost best to unite the country and ensure stability prevailed.
And Former United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan has called President Lungu and wished him well upon his victory in the just ended general election.
Mr Annan urged President Lungu to keep the country stable and united.
Meanwhile, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete on Monday evening paid a courtesy call on President Lungu.
The former President who led a delegation of Commonwealth Observers to Zambia’s August 11 polls commended President Lungu for ensuring peace during the just ended general election.
Dr. Kikwete wished President Lungu well and hoped Zambia will maintain the country’s longstanding peace and stability.
And State House wishes to confirm that in accordance with the Constitution of Zambia, the inauguration of the President-elect will take place seven (7) days after the winner was declared by the Returning Officer. This re-confirmation follows numerous public inquiries about the date of inauguration.
The inauguration committee headed by the Secretary to the Cabinet has since proceeded with preparations for the inauguration ceremony which will take place at Lusaka’s Heroes Stadium.
“I therefore wish to confirm that in accordance with the Constitution of Zambia, (Act Number 2 of 2016) the inauguration of the President-elect takes place seven days after the winner has been declared.”
Meanwhile, the Head of State will soon travel to the Copperbelt Province to thank the people for their support and peaceful conduct during the just-ended general election.

Issued by: AMOS CHANDA SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT (PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS) STATE HOUSE

LUSAKA, (TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2016)

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