MUST READ: WHAT MWANAWASA SAID A DAY BEFORE HE COLLAPSED- GOD HAS A PLAN 4 EVERYTHING
Before christans at a church in Lusaka, he said:
“It should not surprise any of us when we look at the recent political development in our country. Iam referring here to the now infamous reconciliation between myself and the Patriotic Front leader Mr. Michael Sata. This is not a strange phenomenon . It is the normal way that we zambians have histolically dealt with conflict.
For the purpose of the visitors, Bembas and Ngonis fought bitter tribal wars. I don’t want to judge as to who the winner was, but i will leave that to Archbishop Mpundu and Lungu to resolve. One thing i will gurantee you, however, is that the two church leaders will not agree as to what the result of the war was, but ironically, they embrace each other after a long argument.
When a relative of one of them dies, the other one, with all his relatives, will take over the proceedings that will effectively lighten the burden of the other.
What Iam saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that out of that bitter tribal war was borne one of the best inter-tribal relationships in our country. From my bitter quarrels with Mr. Sata, a time had come to when it had to stop in the interest of peace in our country.
As it were, the reconciliation process had to be stimulated by a life- threatening situation. whether good or bad, it is not for me to judge but i believe God has a plan for everything.
Many of you will recall that in my inaugural speech for the second term at parliament building on 3rd October, 2006, I emphatically stated:
“..this is my final presidential term. i have a dream to leave Zambia even greater than before you elected me in 2001. However, i will only do so with your support and commitment.
I would like to leave a legacy of the rule of law. I would like to leave a culture where national debate is not about assassinating each other’s characters but search for solutions to the problems that affect the weakest members of our society…[however] our efforts will not yield much if they are not founded on strong feelings of love for one another and strong commitment to national unity.
Hence, if you had read the letter and spirit of my speech on that great day, this development should not surprise or unsettle you.
Fellow christian i do not say this to seek praise and reward. Nay. The people of Zambia have rewarded me enough by making me their top servant, an honour for which I will always remain truly grateful.
Neither do i wish to claim total innocence in some of the political differences that we may have experienced during my presidency. Human as Iam i have probably contributed as much to these differences as my colleagues in the opposition but this has not in any way subtracted from my innermost desire for political tolerance and tranquillity. To my catholic priests and senior clergy, this may sound like a confession though it may fall short of the strict criteria of Catholic penitential rite.
Allow me, nevertheless, to say my absolution in the words of one old philosopher, John Milton, who said, “what in me is dark, illuminate; what in me is low, raise ad support (M.H.S.R.I.P)
The Zambian Times’ comment: This speech was delivered in the Church, on the 28th June, 2008, a day before he collapsed and later died. In the pic, Mwanawasa joking with Sata a day before he collapsed. That was the last they saw each other.
Moral: President Lungu, please put an end to this hatred that has taken over our politics. We are so divided. You are our father the President of all Zambians including HH. When you lead us to genuine reconcilliation, we will all follow.