I AM only going up to 2021, President Edgar Lungu has announced.
President Lungu recently reiterated in Solwezi that he was interested in contesting the 2021 polls and warned judges against barring him, saying there would be chaos in the country.
His statement was met with widespread condemnation, with the Law Association of Zambia demanding a retraction, saying he, as a lawyer, should be first to respect the principles of separation of powers as enshrined in the law.
The amended Constitution of the Republic of Zambia states in Article 106(3) that a President who had held office twice (one who has been sworn in) could not contest elections the third time.
And in a turn of events, President Lungu told the Zambia Association of Manufacturers meeting at Radisson Blu yesterday that he would only be in office up to 2021 when his term of office ends.
“So let us all rise to the occasion and ensure that industrialization becomes a reality in our life time, or in my term of office; by the way I am only going up to 2021…huh,” President Lungu announced.
He further urged manufacturers to always engage the government as the economy knew no politics, saying whoever would be Head of State would also have to engage manufacturers.
“Economy knows no politics, whoever will be President will have to carry on engaging you. You are not politicians, you are economic players and government will just have to make it conducive for you to succeed. Together we can achieve industrialization, together we can transform Zambian into an industrialization hub,” said President Lungu.