President Edgar Lungu has been commended for advocating for a leadership in Zambia which must never instill fear among citizens.
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is pleased that in his speech to Parliament last Friday President Lungu campaigned for a leadership that inspires for free debate and consensus building.
YALI governance advisor Isaac Mwanza says his organization took note that President Lungu also called on politicians to apply moral and ethical values that promote among other things tolerance.
Mr. Mwanza has told QTV News in a statement that President Lungu’s call to his fellow politicians could not have come at a better time than now when politicians in Zambia are intolerant to each other.
He says YALI has observed that President Lungu’s call has equally come at time when media freedoms in the Country are under threat.
Mr. Mwanza states that while it is excited with his pronouncements in Parliament, YALI hopes that President Lungu’s administration will promote a culture of free debate and consensus building.
He says his organization is also expecting President Lungu’s administration to promote tolerance, respect for people’s rights in addition to creation of a new relationship with the media.
Mr. Mwanza states that YALI believes that a government that works well and achieves its goals is one that listens more to divergent views than it listens to those who constantly hero-worship it.
He says President Lungu will thus do well if his own political party the ruling PF heed his call and become a political party that is not afraid to listen and to be criticized.